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The UFO Crash at Shag Harbour
- by Don Ledger
This article was previously published in the "Unopened Files" the
sister magazine to UFO Magazine [UK] in the Fall of 1997 and reprinted
in The Center for UFO Studies [CUFOS] magazine the International UFO
Reporter in January of 1998. CUFOS is the legacy of its founder, Dr.
J.Allen Hynek, the world famous UFO investigator.
COULD BE SOMETHING CONCRETE IN SHAG HARBOUR UFO - RCAF
the headline declared. Using letters one inch high the Halifax
Herald of October 7,1967 informed its readers that two days earlier a
UFO had crashed into the waters of the "Sound" adjacent to Shag
Harbour, Nova Scotia on the east coast of Canada. As those of us that
live here can attest, this was a startling headline for what was and
still is a very conservative, provincially circulated, daily newspaper.
The Herald informed the public that Laurie Wickens, the first of eleven
people, had reported to the RCMP Detachment in Barrington Passage,
Shelburne County on Nova Scotia's South Shore that an airliner or
airplane had crashed into the Sound next to Shag Harbour late in the
evening of October 4th.
Wickens and four of his friends were driving through the village
of Shag Harbour on Highway 3 at a few minutes after 11 p.m. ADT when
they spotted something unusual above and in front of their car. A large
object flashing four sequential lights, amber coloured descended at a
modest rate of speed at an angle of approximately forty five-degrees.
From their vanatage point it looked like the object was going to go
down into the waters of the Harbour.
Wickens endevoured to keep the object in sight while he drove his
vehicle through the village and westward to the otherside whereupon at
this point the UFO dissappeared behind some trees and a small hill. It
was only a matter of seconds before he rounded a turn from behind the
hill which brought him to right up to the Shore of "The Sound" a body
of water adjacent to Shag Harbour.
Wickens drove onto the gravelled shore-side parking lot of an
Irish Moss Plant. The five witnesses sprang from their car, ran to the
water's edge and stood watching a "Dark Object" floating or hovering
just above the water. The flashing lights had extinguished to be
replaced with one pale, constant yellow light that appeared to be on
top of the object located about eight or nine hundred feet from their
position and drifting with the ebbtide. Records show and the witnesses
have stated that on the night of October 4,1967 the night was cool and
extremely clear with no moon. The winds were calm and the sky a blanket
Laurie Wickens' friends were as excited as himself. Concerned,
they debated for a moment what to do. Wickens decided finally that
rather than drive ten miles back to the RCMP detachment in Barrington
Passage or wake up someone in the village, he would go a short distance
west to the village of Wood's Harbour and use a pay telephone at a gas
station. There he contacted RCMP Corporal Werbicki and reported that he
saw a big airplane or small airliner crash into the Sound next to "the
Harbour". The eighteen year old fisherman was surprised when Werbicki
asked him if he had been drinking. Wickens denied this and was then
told to hang up but to remain by the payphone.
Werbicki had a couple of constables over in that area and was
about to contact them by radio when his phone rang once more and was
informed by Mary Banks on Maggie Garron's Point, an area adjoining the
"Sound" and Prospect Point at the western end of Shag Harbour, that she
saw an airplane crash into the "Sound". That was enough for Werbicki.
He contacted his constables, Ron O'Brien and Ron Pond and ordered them
back to the detachment. Two more calls came in, one from a man in
nearby Bear Point and another from two women over on Cape Sable Island
13 miles away, claiming she and another woman had seen the same thing.
The man in Bear Point claimed he hear a whistle and a bang. Earlier one
of Wickens' companions said she heard a whistling noise and a whoose.
Corporal Werebicki called Wickens back,asking him to meet himself and
the other Mounties at the Moss Plant.
Shortly before Laurie Wickens and his friends pursued the object
through the village of Shag Harbour, two eighteen year old fishermen a
few miles to the east of Shag Harbour were returning from a date with
their girfriends on Cape Sable Island. They had just entered a portion
of Highway 3 that runs across the base of Bear Point when the
passenger, Norman Smith, pointed out to the driver, David Kendrick, an
unusual object in the night sky hanging at a 45 degree angle pointing
down toward Shag Harbour. They noted four to five amber or orange
coloured lights flashing sequentially and what for a moment Norm
thought might be the windows of an airliner. Dave Kendricks had to
satisfy himself with only occasional glimpses of the object while
driving along a narrow,twisting and hilly road bordered on either side
by knarled and stunted, spruce trees blasted by years of nor'easters.
They soon lost sight of the object behind the treeline in the direction
of Shag Harbour some two miles distant.
Minutes later Dave dropped Norm off at his house and left, eager
to get home to bed because he had an early start the next morning. Norm
though was walking toward the house when he spotted the object again,
this time nearly down to the "Harbour". He ran inside and pulled his
father Wifred out to the front yard. He was intime to observe the
object drop behind a small hill a short distance away. He agreed with
Norm that it must have gone down into the "Harbour" and they decided to
go there to see if there was anything they could do. Both men were sure
it was an airliner in distress. Wifred hurried back inside to get
The distance between Highway 3 and the shoreline of the Sound at
the Irish Moss Plant is about one hundred feet and affords an
unobstucted view out into the "Sound"to the south. It is bound on the
left by Maggie Garron's Point and Prospect point and to right by "the
Outer Island" a three mile long by quarter mile wide strip of rock and
sand covered by spruce trees and marsh grass. Between the two shores is
the body of water, known as the "Sound", about two miles wide and four
miles long and open to the Atlantic Ocean. Drifting placidly upon the
"Sound"on a gentle swell about twelve hundred feet from the Moss Plant
and a quarter mile east of Outer Island, was a "Dark Object".
Laurie Wickens and his friends stood once more on the shore and
watched it. Moments later two RCMP cruisers crunched onto the gravel
parking lot followed shortly after by Norm and Wifred Smith in their
pickup. Everyone stood and watched for a moment. Werbicki had to have
the object pointed out to him by Wickens, but eventually he too spotted
the pale yellow light on the craft and the dark area below it which he
figured was about sixty feet wide. Norm Smith estimated the height of
the object to be about ten feet by measuring it against the height of a
buoy called the "Budget Light" nearby.
Now that he could see it with his own eyes, Werbicki was concerned
for survivors that might either be on the object or in the water. He
gave orders for Constable Pond to start taking statements and to keep
an eye on the light. He ordered Constable O'Brien to go to one of the
houses nearby, contact by telephone the Rescue Coordination Center in
Halifax, advise them of the situation and ask them to try and determine
what aircraft might have gone in the waters here or if any were
missing. In the meantime he was going to another house and call two of
the local fishermen who had their own boats and get someone out there
as soon as possible. But before they could leave one of the witnesses
yelled that it was going down.
Everybody turned their attention to the "dark object". It was
evident it was slipping under the waters of the Sound. The pale yellow
light extinguished and the object disappeared from sight. Only five or
six minutes had passed, barely enough time to react, and now there was
no time left. Werbicki and O'Brien left the area to carry out their
Bradford Shand and Lawrence Smith, Norman Smith's uncle, were two
of the first fishingboat owners contacted and each agreed immediatly to
go to their boats berthed at the Government Wharf at the center of the
village. Two of the Mounties, Werbicki and O'Brien split up, one each
to a boat. Constable Pond was left to continue his interviews with the
Young Norm Smith went out with Brad Shand while Wifred, his
father, climbed aboard his brother Lawrence's boat. Within minutes they
had cast off and were making to the west of the harbour, through the
channel at Prospect Point and out onto the Sound.
In the lead, Lawrence Smith took a sighting on the "Budget Light"
and began to run down on it. One mile out on the Sound they ran into
the first evidence of the Dark Object they had watched from the shore,
a 3 or 4 inch thick,glittery, yellow foam stretching down the Sound for
a half mile and about two boat lengths or eighty feet wide. Bubbles
roiled to the surface in places, and there was the smell of sulpher in
Neither Lawrence Smith nor Bradford Shand were fussy about sailing
through the stuff and expressed concerns about buoyancy. But their
choices were limited. This was the area where the "airplane" went down
and the most likely place for survivors. So with trepidation and a
natural reluctance to finally come upon what all of them feared and
believed was there, bodies and hopefully some survivors, they carried
on their search. Nearly an hour later, still nothing had been found and
now Coast Guard Cutter 101 arrived on site from its berth at Cape Sable
Island some 15 miles away. It was nearly 12:45 A.M. Local and hope was
fading fast for there being any survivors. Werbicki was called to the
cabin on Shand's boat. Bradford handed him the mic from the vessel's
marine band radio informing him that there was a message from the
skipper of the Coast Guard Cutter, Ronnie Newell. Newell reported that
he had just received a message from the Rescue Coordination Center the
military manned facility in Halifax. All aircraft, both commercial and
military were accounted for up and down the eastern seaboard of
Atlantic Canada, and well down into New England and no private aircraft
were reported missing or overdue.
Corporal Werbicki informed the others on his vessel and the word
quickly spread through the now expanded flotilla of six small craft. No
airplane had crashed here. That of course made the next question
obvious to the searchers. If no airplane had crashed here, then what
the hell were they looking for? What indeed.
The Air Desk in Ottawa, that sector of the Royal Canadian Air
Force responsible for the gathering and investigation of UFO reports,
tagged the sighting as the crash of a UFO and in other reports refer to
it as a "dark object". The RCMP in their reports refer to the craft as
a UFO. They had no choice for all other explanations for the event did
not fit the scenario.
What ever crashed or "landed" in the waters near Shag Harbour was
not a meteor, meteor train, space junk or any earthly vehicle. Even
errant Soviet or American missile shots have been ruled out as has the
possiblity of it being a dropped H-bomb as happened in the waters off
One thing is for certain. This event was probably the most
documented case of a UFO crash in the history of UFO crashes and
somehow got missed by UFO researchers over the years, despite the fact
that as Case # 34 it was classed as one of the few unsolved cases in
the infamous Condon Report. Like Roswell and the "dark object" this
case sank into oblivion, not to resurface until Chris styles, later
joined by myself, rediscovered it 26 years later. Now 30 years later
and four years into the investigation, the evidence has grown to the
point that we are certain that what happened at Shag Harbour was only
the tip of the iceberg and the beginning of a seven day adventure
involving two objects, the navy and airforces of two countries and
Bio - Don Ledger
Author Don Ledger is a UFO researcher and writer living in
Bedford, Nova Scotia. His current book, "Maritime UFO Files", is now on
the shelves of most bookstores. He is employed by the Nova Scotia
government as the Director/Coordinator of the Legislative Television
coverage of the debates in the Nova Scotia Legislature.He is married
with three children, is a pilot who enjoys flying his airplane, writing