Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:36:26 -0500
From: The A-Team
Subject: SS Point Sur Incident: Gulf of Mexico, May 16, 1967
To: NICAP





Mike Swords:
Hi, Barry.
There must be more to this than correspondence. Hynek brags in his book that he's not including any examples that he hasn't personally checked into. There must be a file somewhere.

Barry Greenwood:
I called Mary C who has the CUFOS case files and one page was found. Now I can see what this was. The old U.S. Hydrographic Office had a publication called "Notice to Mariners" that would carry all sorts of technical nautical information, almanac data, buoy positions, etc. Buried way inside near the last page was a section devoted to spontaneous ocean phenomena like milky seas, aurorae, meteors, radar anomalies and similar others. Sometimes there were no reports, Sometime one or more in each issue. The USHO solicited vessel officers to submit reports from their log books of these kinds of events for possible publication. I had been through long runs of it at the Boston Public library and filled a binder with these little clips. The attached was a submission to NTM that somehow was diverted to Dr. Hynek.

http://www.nicap.org/docs/670516gulf_doc.pdf

Mike Swords:
Thanks Barry. I've been [sort-of anyway] trying to get files for all of Hynek's book's cases --- not as easy as it should be. Great job hunting this one down. I'll bet, though, that JAH called at least one of these guys and thereby substantiated his later viewpoint of having personally researched everything. This is a good base. I'll bet that somewhere there are some other Hynek notes on it too. By the way, I'm sure that you see this, but maybe not everyone: those are definitely "Hynek writings" on the case document, and the ones he used just before writing the book --- note his "Strangeness {sigma} and Credibility {C}" ratings. "C7" is really high credibility in his mind. Thus, he uses this one in the book.

Barry Greenwood:
Yes, as soon as I saw the scrawl I knew Hynek had a hand on it. I searched this publication as far back as 1954. Before that it was called the "Hydrographic Bulletin," extracts from which can be found in the Blue Book files as case snippets. The library didn't have those for me to search though. NTM stopped carrying these kinds of reports after 1966 so there was no publication of this. There is similar reporting in a British publication called "The Marine Observer," but they kept carrying such reports until it stopped publishing in more recent times.