M. Deschamps - Director
of Terminology and Abbreviations
Lake is a town located in the heart of Northeastern Ontario,
approximately 590 kilometres (366.0 miles) from Toronto,
Ontario, Canada. Population: 8,616
Lake, Ontario, NORTHERN DAILY NEWS, 31 March 1950, page 8
Fire Balls Seen At Lakehead
FORT WILLIAM - (CP) - Airport employees said Wednesday they
watched five "unusual" objects streaking through
the sky like "brilliant white balls of fire" at
about 1:45 p.m.
They thought the first object was a bird.
a bird couldn't possibly fly that fast," said flying-club
manager Norman Evans. "There were no wings visible,
and they were white - a brilliant white. A bird will seem
dark against the sky."
Engineer Frank Kearney said he saw one object "like
a brilliant white star in the daytime." He said it
streaked over the airport high in the sky.
He said it travelled over to Lake Superior, then was joined
from nowhere by four more. Then all five came back and circled,
after which they set off for the northeast.
Trans-Canada Air Lines officials witnessed the phenomenon.
Said one: "I never saw anything like it before. I won't
say it was a flying saucer. But it sure was unusual. Its
speed must have been terrific."
Several residents in different sections of the city last
night reported seeing a luminous object with a long, flame-like
The witnesses said it was visible for a matter of seconds,
and that it was trailing a bluish streak. One said the streak
looked like smoke or vapor.
Lake, Ontario, NORTHERN DAILY NEWS, 17 April 1950, page 1
Pie-plates Reported At Sudbury
SUDBURY - (CP) - Arthur Penny says he saw a flying saucer
heading west over Sudbury about 3 p.m. Saturday.
looked like two pie-plates, one on top of the other,"
he told a reporter. "It was smooth and about the size
of a small washtub."
Lake, Ontario, NORTHERN DAILY NEWS, 18 April 1950, page 1
SAUCERS - OOPS - 'HOUSES' REPORTED RAIDING TIMMINS
TIMMINS - (CP) - Newspaper telephones buzzed Monday night
as residents reported the third "raid" of flying
saucers on this Northern Ontario community since April 1.
Described as "the size of a house" and flying
at about 700 feet, four Timmins residents reported the phenomena
within an hour after it was seen at 9 p.m.
One of the witnesses said that the "saucer" first
appeared on the sky alone, then darted away to return with
another similar object.
Both appeared as blobs of light against the clouds. The
"raid" lasted about 15 minutes.
April 7 scores of Timmins residents reported seeing a "ball
of flame" which they thought was a saucer. About a
week before that, four lumber workers saw what they said
was a saucer flying in broad daylight north of the town.
Lake, Ontario, NORTHERN DAILY NEWS, 16 April 1952, page 1
Saucers At North Bay
NORTH BAY (CP) - R.C.A.F. officials plan to investigate
two reports of flying saucers in this area. The reports
came from airmen stationed here.
WO. E. H. Rossell, a veteran airmen with 13 years in the
service, and Flt. Sgt. Reg McRae, a visitor from Weston,
Ont., said they spotted a "bright amber disk"
in the sky over the airfield around 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
The two said the disk came from the southwest, moved across
the airfield, stopped and then took off in the reverse direction.
It climbed at an angle of 30 degrees at "terrific speed"
WO. W. J. Yeo, a master telecommunications superintendent,
and Sgt. D. V. Crandell, an instrument technician, reported
seeing a flying saucer the night of Jan. 1.
saucer appeared to be at great height, probably outside
the earth's hemisphere," they testified. "It appeared
to be moving at supersonic speed."
The disk was described as reddish-orange in color, "similar
to a rock burning."
An R.C.A.F. spokesman said yesterday there is no reason
to doubt the validity of the reports since the men concerned
are seasoned veterans familiar with convention aircraft.
Lake, Ontario, NORTHERN DAILY NEWS, 1 September 1954, page
Light-Ball Seen At North Bay
NORTH BAY (CP) - A Royal Navy veteran, employed at the RCAF
station here as a mess orderly, said that he saw a "great
glowing ball of light" over the station Monday.
Henry Durdle, 40-year-old native of Nova Scotia, said the
object he spotted just before dawn hovered a few feet above
a telegraph pole, shooting out "tremendous sparks like
knitting needles of lightning."
Durdle said the top of what he saw was circular in shape,
about six feet in diameter, with a sort of rectangular box
about 15 feet across hanging down underneath. A cone possibly
six feet high projected from the circle and at its tip was
a revolving globe emitting flashes of light.
Frightened at first, Durdle said he watched for a while
and then called others to look. Four men did so. Tony McLeod
said he saw a glow through a window. Leo Blais said he saw
it from a doorway as it was moving away. George Noble, watching
from outside, said he saw it moving upwards. Noble said
it was a "great, glowing ball, like a pulsating heart."
Manley Bailey said he stood with Durdle and watched the
object move possibly a mile away where it paused and hovered
over a bush. The two men said the light expanded and contracted
at about two-second intervals as they watched.
Durdle was born in Canada but his parents died when he was
a baby. He was raised in Scotland by relatives and served
with the Royal Navy for four years.
Lake, Ontario, NORTHERN DAILY NEWS, 25 September 1954, page
"Thing" In Ramore
Sky Linked With Blue Rain
rain and a shining elliptical object, seen to hang briefly
in the night sky south of Ramore, before disintegrating
into a shower of light particles, don't make a flying saucer.
The chances are six to four against, according to Ottawa
experts, who, however, place enough substance to repeated
reports of mysterious objects in the sky - one only 10 days
ago from Boston Creek - to classify all official reports
of them as secret.
A few minutes after midnight Thursday, an officer of the
Ontario provincial police on highway patrol south of Ramore,
and unconfirmed reports state, the pilot of an aircraft
from North Bay, reported seeing a "mysterious object"
in the sky.
Official sources, however - USAF radar base at Ramore, and
RCAF, Ground Observer Corps and department of transport
officials at North Bay - report "no sightings of any
mysterious objects in the area during the night."
Constable Florian Grabowski of the Kirkland Lake OPP detachment
was on Highway 11 patrol, about eight miles south of Ramore
when: "I happened to look out of the left-hand window
of the cruiser. At about 1,000 feet I saw a shining elliptical
object, moving slowly northward over the railway tracks,
emitting an intense white light."
just as I was stopping the car to get out and see if I could
hear any sound - it disintegrated - in a shower of light
particles which fell over the tracks."
got out of the car, and could hear and see nothing,"
Const. Grabowski said. He radioed North Bay police.
Unofficial sources report that the pilot of an aircraft
in the area within a few minutes of midnight Thursday notified
his base of making a similar sighting.
An official source at North Bay RCAF station stated that
"some night flying was carried out during Thursday
night" but was unable to say in what area the aircraft
were. Two jet fighter planes were reported over Teck on
Friday morning by a spotter of the Ground Observer Corps.
This "was a routine flight" North Bay RCAF said.
A few hours later - at 3:25 p.m. on Friday - William Martin
of Grierson road, Federal, called The Northern News to report
that at the height of a heavy rain storm . . . blue rain
fell, and collected on his window panes.
Blake Branscombe, director of provincial department of health
laboratories, was reluctant to comment on the possibility
of the two incidents - the light in the sky and the blue
rain - being connected, or to speculate on the second being
caused by the first.
Senior physics teacher at KLCVI, Bob Young said today that
rain of different colors is not an uncommon occurrence in
many parts of the world. This results from particles carried
up into the atmosphere, Mr. Young said.
Mr. Martin said there were big blue drops of rain running
like ink down the pane. At first, they were dark; but after
three to five minutes, became a paler blue and in less than
15 minutes, lost all tint to become like ordinary water.
first thing that struck me is that it was radio-active,"
he told the Northern Daily News reporter who rushed to his
home in time to observe the strange occurrence. "I
had been reading in the papers recently where Russia had
exploded an H-bomb and that it would affect the rain and
weather in Canada."
A small sample of the water was taken by this paper and
is being sent to the National Research Council at the Atomic
Energy Plant in Chalk River for testing. Mr. Branscombe
said he was unable to analyse the water as he didn't have
the necessary equipment at his hospital lab.
hand, however," he said, "my guess would be that
it contains gas. Since it lost the color with the passage
of time, it may have gaseous rather than chemical content."
Meanwhile, the whole question remains a mystery - especially
since Mr. Martin vows he hasn't used chemical cleaners of
any sort on his window since May. Moreover theory of window
cleaners giving color to the drops seems unlikely as many
heavy rains have fallen since the time of cleaning and there
is no known cleaner on the market having such a dark blue
was like some supernatural power had put them there,"
said Mrs. Martin who prefers not to venture a scientific explanation
of the phenomenon.
Lake, Ontario, NORTHERN DAILY NEWS, 1 February 1957, page
Saucers' Like Family At Gillies, Pay Second Visit
(Staff) - 'Flying saucers' are becoming a family affair
for the Don Camerons of Gillies, three miles south of here.
Tom Cameron, 24, and a neighbor, Bob Cole, 28, are just
back from cutting ice on Anima-Nipissing Lake, five miles
west of Latchford with the latest story in the annals of
flying saucers. On Saturday they watched a mysterious object
for two hours with binoculars and the naked eye as it played
pranks in the night skies.
It wasn't the family's first brush with flying saucers.
At about 7:45 p.m. Saturday the men were sitting in a shack
by the lake when they saw a big circular flare of light
in the eastern sky. Above the treetops, it shone green,
red and blue.
Through the binoculars the object, which they saw was solid,
appeared about three feet in diameter. It shot up and down
noiselessly and across the skies at terrific speeds "far
in excess of those of a jet plane." The saucer never
went overhead, but went as high as 80 degrees above the
Contacted yesterday by RCAF Filter Centre, officials in
North Bay say they have received no other reports from anywhere
in the area on Saturday evening. They refrained from advancing
any theories as to what it might have been.
Don Cameron, his wife and their children had their first
brush with flying saucers on April 25, 1946. On the same
lake, cutting a channel for their boat, they saw between
12 to 14 small disk-shaped objects come down at a 45-degree
angle a mere 75 feet in front of them.
Appearing to be about twice the size of a dish, the objects
jumped on and off ground of height of two feet, spinning
in the ice. The family all watched. As Don Cameron walked
toward them, they rose at the same angle and shot off through
trees on a nearby ridge without touching the branches.
The objects left black marks on the snow and ice. Queried
about this, filter officials stated the date and circumstances
corresponded to those of similar reports from various parts
of the country. Cameron said the objects descended in a
chain - "making a rattling sound."
They had reported it to no one at the time.
Asked about Saturday's phenomena, Don Cameron stated: "I
couldn't see any windows on the flying saucer. It was circular
but changed to disk shape according to the angle it was
looked at it for two hours and are certain it was no figment
of the imagination," he concluded.
news clippings courtesy of The Northern Daily News.