One of the best cases of photographic proof
of UFOs occurred in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean, near the island of Trinidade in 1958. It had served a great purpose in World War ll, being base for United States and Brazilian warships while battling German U-boats. After the war, the island was left deserted. However, in January of 1957, an oceanographic and meteorological station was planned for the location.
Brazilian Naval Task Force:
A Brazilian naval task force was in the area to begin preparations for the construction. This initial mission was being carried out by
the "Almirante Saldanha" under the command of Captain-of-Corvette Carlos Alberto Bacellar. The ship was manned by 300 men, and had come and gone a number of times. On a January, 1958 trip, additional civilian personnel were present to conduct scientific studies.
Almiro Barauna, a specialist in submarine photograph was one of the civilians. The ship had been doing its business for several days
when they were preparing to leave the area again at shortly after noon on January 16. Several members of the crew spotted a strange object moving toward the island at a fast pace. Barauna was called to the deck to photograph the object.
Six Photographs Taken :
The UFO hovered over one of the island's peaks briefly, disappeared, then reappeared, before moving out to sea. Barauna saw the object and took six photographs of it in a span of 15 seconds-four of these captured the object's motion. Commanding officer Bacellar ordered the conversion of a bathroom into a dark room-he wanted to examine the photographs immediately.
Authenticated by Navy:
Barauna was ordered to strip off his clothes to make sure he had not hidden away some already exposed film. The flying object had been seen by about 50 witnesses, and when the photos were developed and authenticated by the Brazilian Navy, they were released to the press by the President of Brazil, Mr Joscelino Kubitschek.
Almiro Barauna, Key Figure:
Although most all of the crew who had seen the UFO was interviewed, naturally the person of most interest was Almiro Barauna. He would be interviewed by reporter Joao Martins, and the interview was carried to the world through the Brazilian magazine "0 Cruzeiro" in the March 8, 1958 issue. Part of that interview is included here:
Q. "Please tell me what was the date of the sighting? What happened?"
A."It was on January 16, at 12:15 P.M... then I was finally able to locate the object, by the flash (of light) it emitted. It was already close to the island. It glittered at certain moments, perhaps changing its own light-I don't know. It was coming over the sea, moving toward the point called the Galo Crest."
I had lost thirty seconds looking for the object, but the camera was already in my hands, ready, when I sighted it clearly silhouetted
against the clouds. I shot two photos before it disappeared behind the peak Desejado. My camera was set at a speed of 125 [125th of a second], with the aperture at f/8, and this was the cause of an overexposure error, as I discovered later."
Two Photographs Lost:
"The object remained out of sight for a few seconds-behind the peak-reappearing bigger in size and flying in the opposite direction, but lower and closer than before, and moving at a higher speed. I shot the third photo. The fourth and fifth ones were lost, not only because of the speed the saucer was moving, but also for another reason: In the confusion produced as a result of the sighting, I was being pulled and pushed by other persons also trying to spot the object and, as a consequence, photographed the sea and the island only-not the object."
The photographs taken aboard the "Almirante Saldanha" by
Almiro Barauna, along with the corroborating testimony of 50 additional witnesses to the UFO, make the Trinidade Island images some of the most compelling ever taken of a UFO.