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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

1913, OFF PENTLAND FIRTH, THE ORKNEYS, U-K., THE CREW OF A FISHING BOAT:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Local folklore ine the Orkney, Scotland, talks of encounters with "mermaids".

One of those, reported in 1913, says the crew of a Longhope fishing boat claimed they saw a mermaid rising from the waters of the Pentland Firth.

The creature, they said, rose to a height of three feet above the waves and was "like a lady with a shawl draped around her shoulders".

This managed to appear in a ufology catalogue.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001117
Date of event: 1913?
Earliest report of event: 1913?
Delay of report: Hours, decades?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Local folklore website.
First certain record by: Local folklore website.
First alleged record type: Local folklore website.
First certain record type: Local folklore website.
This file created on: February 15, 2013
This file last updated on: February 15, 2013
Country of event: U-K.
State/Department: The Orkneys
Type of location: At sea from fishing boat.
Lighting conditions: Not reported.
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: None
Witnesses numbers: Not reported. Several.
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Adults.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Crew of a fishing boat.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: "Mermaid"
Entities height: Not reported.
Entities outfit type: Shawl draped around her shoulders.
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported. Mermaid, like a lady.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Not reported.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Was in the sea.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported. Mermaid.
Explanation category: Not UFO-related. Folklore.
Explanation certainty: High.

Narratives:

[Ref. or1:] "ORKNEZJAR" FOLKLORE WEBSITE:

The Hoy sea woman

Another mermaid encounter was reported in 1913, and detailed multiple sightings of a "mermaid" in the deep waters off the south-eastern coast of Hoy.

In this case, the crew of a Longhope fishing boat, at the creels by the Old Man o' Hoy, claimed they had witnessed a mermaid rising from the waters of the Pentland Firth.

The creature, they said, rose to a height of three feet above the waves and was "like a lady with a shawl draped around her shoulders".

In total, they saw the mysterious sea-woman three times, although the account makes no mention as to whether she frequented the same stretch of water, or whether the encounters had taken place in different locations.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates that off Pentland Firth, Orkneys, Scotland, in 1913, in the afternoon, 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.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is "Orkneyjar Folklore".

Points to consider:

Tis is only one of several "mermaid" stories from the folklore that entered a ufology catalogue, though there is no reason to that at all.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
None

Evaluation:

Not UFO-related. Folklore.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:

Authoring

Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross February 15, 2013 Creation, [or1], [ar1].
1.0 Patrick Gross February 15, 2013 First published.

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