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Date: 1913
Location: Toronto, Canada
Source: Several office workers in watched what they concluded to be a fleet of airships passing west to east in groups. They then returned later in a scattered formation. No airships or airplanes were ever identified with this report.

Date: 1913
Location: England
Summary: Two years before Germany officially launched its Zeppelin raids on Britain and phantom airships were once again crisscrossing the night skies. A few reports gave details of multi-colored, multiple lights being seen but as in earlier years the craft usually came equipped with one powerful light.

Date: 1913
Location: Lansing, Michigan
Summary: From the Lansing State Journal, June 30, “So swiftly did the strange craft travel that it was not more than three minutes until it had passed from sight in the northwest. The aerial mystery carried no lights of any description and was too elongated for an ordinary balloon. The craft was at a great height and when it passed to the northwest of the city had reached a still higher altitude.” A sizeable crowd at a racetrack in Lansing Michigan witnessed the event.

Date: 1913
Location: Winfield, Kansas
Summary: Nocturnal lights were reported (Shelley).
Source: Hill, H. Edward Catalog Through 1950 (in 5HHL)

Date: 1913
Location: Wisconsin
Summary: Large cigar-shaped UFO flies slowly over Milwaukee and Sheboygan, Wisconsin, flashing its bright spotlight over streets and buildings, and then retreats back out into Lake Michigan.

Date: 1913: Barossa Council, South Australia

Date: 1913
Location: Las Hurdes Spain
Time: evening
Summary: A peasant walking along a local valley called “Valle De Sapu” found his way blocked by a short stocky little man wearing dark tight-fitting leather like outfit. For a few moments both witness and humanoid stared at each other, then the witness attempted to walk by but was prevented from doing so each time by the little man that would block his path. Soon a struggle ensued and the witness felt the humanoid’s skin and noticed that it was very rough and cold. At one point the witness managed to hit the humanoid on the head with a large piece of hard bread. The being then stepped back and shot upwards inside a beam of light and into a large circular moon-like object.
Source: J J Benitez, La Quinta Columna (The Fifth Column)

Date: 1913
Location: Off Pentland Firth, Orkneys Scotland
Time: afternoon
Summary: The crew of a fishing vessel claimed they had seen a mermaid rising from the waters of the Pentland Firth. The creature rose to a height of three feet above the waves and was described as being like a woman with a shawl draped around her shoulders. According to the crew this sighting was their third encounters with the mysterious sea-woman.
Source: Orkneyjar Folklore

Date: 1913
Location: Valensole Ovivo, France
Summary:   An object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft. One object was observed by two witnesses, a married couple, for over 15 minutes.
Source: FSR

Date: 1913
Location: Chevroux Hameau France
Time: night
Summary: A young man walking through a wooded area on his way to join an army unit heard noises and felt a presence behind him. Upon turning around he saw a 3-meter tall human-like figure approaching him taking great strides. Terrified the young man ran away from the area and did not look back.
Source: SOS Ovni Database

Date: January 4 1913
Location:  Bristol Channel, England
Summary:   An object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft. One object was observed on a river.
Source: Newspaper Clippings

Date: January 4 1913
Location: Dover, England
Time: 05:00 
Summary:   An object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft. One object was observed on the shore.
Source: Leslie, Desmond Flying Saucers Have Landed British Book Center, 1953

Date: February 9 1913
Location: Esterhazy, Saskatchewan, Canada
Summary:   A Formation of lights resembling express train in sky, emerged from northwest, continued across sky in several successions for over three minutes.
Source: Corliss, William R. UFO Calendar 1999

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Source: FSR 

Date: February 21, 1913
Location: Beningbrough, North Yorkshire U-K.
Time: 09:30 p.m.
Summary: In 1909, and until 1914, there were “waves” of stories of airships spotted over England, and lively debates between theories that these were hallucinations, pranks, or German spies in airships. A newspaper reported that John Ripley and T. Clarke, about 09:30 p.m. on February 21, 1913, led a sand barge in Beningbrough on the River Ouse when they believed they saw lights, which circles the country for some time. At 4 am the next morning, they allegedly clearly saw the body of the airship above Linton Locks. Ripley said: “I am certain it was an airship because we could see the outline faintly. It was almost like a cigar, except that it bulged out very much in the centre.” “We could see three wheels, one at each side of the centre and one at the rear. A lamp or searchlight at the left-hand side was being used in all directions. We could just hear a faint throbbing noise.” According to one modern ufology source citing a newspaper, it disappeared about 10:30 p.m. and reappeared at 04:00 a.m. the next morning, it disappeared at 05:30 a.m. toward Easingwold, and the men also saw some box-shaped part in which was a pilot. The story thus entered ufology, including a catalog of “Entities” reports
Source: Article in the newspaper Yorkshire Evening Post, U-K., February 24, 1913.

Date: February 28 1913
Location: Humberside, England
Time: 20:15 
Summary:  SS Othello incident. Steam trawler Othello returning to port were 120 miles from coast, airborne object with powerful searchlight, dipped down, circled trawler twice at height of masthead, searchlight focused on ship
Source: Rogerson, Peter World-Wide Catalog of Type 1 Reports

Date: late February 1913
Location: Killary Harbor Ireland
Summary: A Mr. Collins was aboard his yacht when he saw a strange “aero-plane” like object approaching from the sea. It suddenly ditched into the water near the shore. Collins then approached the craft, which was now apparently at the shore. He saw three occupants apparently working on the object. Two were tall, heavy set, blond haired and light complexioned. Thinking they were or German origin he asked if they needed any help in German. One of the men responded in French, claiming he could not understand, and then in no uncertain terms told the witness to leave the area. Collins quickly left and did not see the craft depart.
Source: Nigel Watson

Date: March 22 1913
Location:  Inveraray, UK
Summary:  –   An object was sighted that had an appearance and performance beyond the capability of known earthly aircraft. One object was observed (Campbell).
Source:  Rogerson, Peter World-Wide Catalog of Type 1 Reports

Date: April 8 1913
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Time: afternoon
Summary:   Hovered.
Source: Michel, Aime The Truth About Flying Saucers Pyramid T1647, New York, 1967

Date: May 17 1913
Location: Cova da Iria, Fatima, Portugal
Time: noon
Summary: Three children were collecting their sheep about noon when they saw a flash in the sky. Later a white bright figure appeared near a tree. The entity resembled a beautiful female. A powerful bright light surrounded it. It appeared to be 12 to 15 years old, was about 4 ft tall, and was wearing a tight skirt, a coat, and a cloak. Her head was covered by “something” hiding the ears and hair. Her eyes were dark. She was carrying a string of beads around her neck and a ball of light at the waist level. She had appeared to come from the sky and vanished in stages. She did not execute any facial movements and her feet did not move while walking. She also spoke without moving her lips. Moved her hands briefly, turned back to the witnesses when leaving. This contact lasted for 20 minutes.
Source: Joaquim Fernandes, Fina D’Armada

Date: June 29 1913
Location:   Lansing, Michigan
Summary:  A daytime disc was reported (Goodnoe)
Source: Eberhart, George M. A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies Greenwood Press, Westport, 1980 ISBN:0-313-21337-2

Date: July 1913
Location: Badlands area Montana
Time: unknown
Summary: J. L. Buick & another prospector were startled by a small brown man saying “Peace be with you, my friends.” Sitting on a patch of sand was a silvery round object nearly 100 ft in diameter, with central dome & a small conning tower; no wheels underneath. Around it was other small men in brown picking flowers, pebbles, etc, & some mining a rock outcrop. The occupant told the witnesses they were from another planet, which had secretly been keeping tabs on earth for over a hundred years; they had learned English via spies working in a US circus. The craft rose silently & then took off. Next day it came back, & they were given a tour inside; 5 concentric saucers with diminishing air pressures, the outermost being evacuated. As to lift, “gravity is only a different type of magnetism,” so it can be controlled by an electromagnetic drive; they can do 9000 mph, and have artificial gravity inside the saucer. Rockets, they were told, had failed for space travel.
Source: Letter to Donald Keyhoe on Sep 24, 1956

Date: July 17 1913
Location: Cova da Iria, Portugal
Time: afternoon
Summary: The witnesses, three young shepherds, had another encounter with an entity supposed to have been the “Holy Virgin.” A noise like thunder was heard before she appeared. When leaving, a noise like a rocket could also be heard.
Source: Joaquim Fernandes

Date: August 17 1913
Location: Cova da Iria, Fatima, Portugal
Time: afternoon
Summary: The three children heard a noise like thunder and lighting and a noise like “a thousand bee” While the entity spoke to the three children a strange white smoke cloud formed over the tree where the entity appeared. Several colorful clouds were also seen in the sky, and daylight became darker than usual. The temperature went down and a quite pleasant smell was felt. Several objects were seen in the clouds, strange small balls hovered over the trees. The entity moved over “stairs of light.” The sheep apparently felt a tranquilizing effect.
Source: Joaquim Fernandes

Date: November 1913
Location:  Belzig, Germany 
Summary:  An unusual object was sighted, that had unconventional appearance and performance. One object was observed by one witness (Meinecke).
Source: UFO Nachrichten (Veit)



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