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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 
Date: Saturday, May 1, 1897  
Spectators watch a "mysterious airship" come out of the west and drift over Winnipeg for fifteen minutes, then turn to the north and head off towards the town of Stony Mountain. Below is Joseph Trainor's write-up on the sighting which appeared in his computer newsletter UFO Roundup:

1897: An Airship Visits Winnipeg

One hundred years ago, on Saturday, May 1, 1897, "a mysterious airship," as UFOs were then called, flew over Winnipeg, the capital of Canada's Manitoba province, then a city of 40,000 people. Here are some excerpts from a news story of the period:

"Saturday night (May 1, 1897) was the date chosen for the appearance of the airship, and the lights of the mysterious machine were in full view of many citizens for a full fifteen minutes."

"The stange visitor" approached from the west, following the Assiniboine River, "out of a starry sky."

The boys at Howard's Drugstore watched the UFO "mystified by the strange vision...Only the bare outlines of some object could be seen besides the strange heaven light, evidently from the "masthead" of the aerial craft. There can be no doubt the presence of the strange vision on Saturday night, as its transit was witnessed by many reputable citizens," including Manitoba's provincial lieutenant governor.

After passing over St. Boniface Hospital, the UFO verred sharply to the north and "was lost from view" as it flew toward the town of Stony Mountain. (See the Vancouver, B.C. News-Advertiser for May 2, 1897)

UFO Roundup, Vol. 2 No. 7, April 27, 1997, Joseph Trainor  


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