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UNNATURAL HISTORY, TRUE MANITOBA MYSTERIES
TWO HUNDRED YEARS OF UFOs IN MANITOBA: 1792-1992
1792: Thicket Portage by Chris Rutkowski

 
The first UFO sighting in Manitoba took place in the autumn of 1792.

Explorers David Thompson and Andrew Davy were camped on the shore of Landing Lake, near what is now Thicket Portage, and were startled to see a brilliant "Meteor of globular form,... larger than the Moon."

The object seemed to come directly towards them, lowering as it travelled, and "when within three hundred yards of us, it struck the River ice, with a sound like a mass of jelly, was dashed in innumerable luminous pieces and instantly expired."

The next morning, when they went to see the hole it should have made in the ice, they were surprised to find no markings whatsoever.

In some ways, the object sounds rather like a bolide -- a brilliant meteor -- which, through a trick of the eye, might have appeared nearby, although in reality it could have been many kilometers distant.

However, it is interesting that the two heard a saound, something rare for meteors, and furthermore, they describe the object as "globular" and that "it had no tail, and no luminous sparks came from it until it dashed to pieces."

David Thompson goes on in his journal to describe a second such meteor, and this one again "passed close by me, striking the trees with the sound of a mass of jelly."

He thought its height was no more than two and half metres above the ground, although dimensions can be quite deceiving at night, and the estimate could be in error. Nevertheless, we are left with an interesting historical account of a strange event in the northern woods.

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UNNATURAL HISTORY, Chris Rutkowski