Friday, 12 November 2021

Welsh UFO Sightings 1743

Welsh UFO Sightings

Welsh UFO sightings from 1743. For sightings from other years please click HERE.

Peibio, near Holyhead

Mr. Morris, an eminent antiquarian, received a report from Anglesey:

William John Lewis had a steading near Peibio. One cloudy day he was out ploughing the fields with his servant boy when they saw a ship in the sky. Coming from the mountains of Snowdon, moving about a quarter of a mile from the ground, was a ship of 90 tons, rigged like a ketch, with its fore-tack at the cat-head and its pennant and ancient flying.

Lewis called his wife who came running from the farmhouse just in time to see the ship retreating, its pennant lowered to the deck and all sails furled. It was steering stern foremost, returning to the mountains of Snowdonia.

On receiving the report, Mr. Morris went to interview the witnesses. He spoke to Lewis and his wife separately; the wife was at home and, although not familiar with sea terms, she was certain of what she had seen. Her only concern was what their neighbours would think if the story was published. Morris found Lewis himself at an inn, visiting Holyhead on farm business. In Morris' opinion Lewis was sober and sincere, with no trace of the 'melancholic' disposition that might have led him to exaggerate or imagine.

The ship - he claimed - had been plain to see, exact in every detail. The keel could be observed from below; the sails were distended with the wind; when the foresail was lowered it hung in a natural way over bow. In the end a cloud hid the vessel from sight, but not before the farmer, his wife, and his boy had had their observation supported by a flock of birds that assembled to examine the phenomenon and flew round it from all directions. When the vessel began its backward journey, the birds with one accord flew from it northwards in the opposite direction.

What finally persuaded Mr. Morris was the way in which the farmer – William John Lewis – assured him that he had seen another such ship exactly ten years earlier in much the same place, and that, ten years before then again, he had seen just such another. The ships were in each case very like the old packet-boats that plied between Holyhead and Ireland; the very ropes of the rigging could be counted one by one.

He concluded: "Since the hill at Holyhead is the only height in Anglesey to face the distant loftiness of Snowdon, some trick of refraction may have been responsible for picking up vessels plying the Menai Straits and setting them, pennant and antient and all, to steer the skies above Peibio.”

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