Monday, 27 January 1913

This post is part of a series post-blogging the phantom airship scare of 1913. See here for an introduction to the series, and here for a conclusion.

Daily Express, 27 January 1913

The Daily Express reports (p. 7, above) on another mystery airship at Yarmouth on the Norfolk coast -- this time it was seen rather than heard:

Samuel Harris, who is employed at the corporation pumping station at the north end of town, states that a few minutes before midnight on Thursday [23 January 1913] he saw a long airship, with a cradle attached, travelling at a considerable height.

He states that it passed over his house and proceeded in a south-easterly direction over the sea. He estimates that it was travelling at between forty and fifty miles an hour, and is perfectly convinced that it was an airship.

Harris called his daughter out to see it, and she 'caught a glimpse of it as it was passing out of sight'.

The Express also notes that 'There are some incredulous people' (where? in Yarmouth?) 'who are loth to believe the stories of mysterious night airships'. Their explanation:

the noise which has been taken for that of the motor has really been caused by flocks of wild geese passing over Yarmouth.

Well, then.

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