The Grenadier was an oil tanker which was involved in one of the most prolonged UFO sightings by any ocean going vessel, as crew members watched an arrowhead-shaped object near the ship for three days in 1969.
The event occurred in the Gulf of Mexico, and began on day one as arrowhead-shaped UFO was seen hovering above the ship at noon. Unbelievably, this object remained with the ship for three days.
The UFO was estimated as being a mile in altitude, and during daylight hours, it was a dark blue color. At night, however, it became a silvery light. Weather conditions were good, and seas were calm during the three day sighting.
On the first day of the object's presence, the ship's engines abruptly stopped. The second day, the ship's food storage refrigeration stopped operating, although no reason was found for the power outage.
More electrical problems were encountered on the third day, with the ship's engines again failing. All systems returned to normal on the third day, as the unknown object vanished from view, never to be seen again.
All of these events were entered into the ship's logs. It is almost certain that photographs and motion picture film was taken of the object, yet no media has ever been made public.
1986 - USS Edenton
The amazing report of a UFO encounter by the USS Edenton is related by a crew member who was an eyewitness to the strange events of the Summer of 1986.
As the ship was maneuvering about fifty miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, it was 11:00 PM on a clear night. Our witness had the night watch. His duties were simply to report anything unusual in the waters or skies.
Seemingly out of the blue, there appeared four, red circular lights. The lights were hundreds of yards apart when they first were spotted. The eyewitness could clearly see that the four lights formed a square in the sky.
The crewmen was familiar with all light configurations of airplanes, and was certain that the lights could not be attributed to any known aircraft. These red lights were about 20 degrees above the horizon, and a mile away from the Edenton.
He reported his sighting through the proper channels, but heard laughter coming from various crew members. He ignored the laughter, and reported the sighting again in a more stern voice, this time getting the attention of the bridge officer.
The unknown lights finally disbanded the square formation, and sped away. When the bridge watchman returned to the bridge, he found that not everyone had laughed off his report. Several other crewmen's curiosity got the best of them, and they too, had seen the unknown lights.
The watchman was pleased to see that the report had been entered into the ship's logs. But that was not the end of the story. About 1/2 hour later, the bridge's radiation detection system started making a loud, clicking sound.
Soon, a loud bell sounded, indicating that crew members were being radiated. When the gamma roentgen meter finished its readings, it showed that crewmen in the area had taken a 385 roentgen hit.
The only reasonable explanation for the delayed readings was that it took the ship about 1/2 hour to pass into the area of the sighting, and therefore placed it in the irradiated area. It was soon discovered that other similar instruments on the ship had also registered the radioactive presence.