Monday, September 15, 2014
The Magnetic Cloud
Many know of the apocryphal--and likely wholly fabricated--tale of the "Philadelphia Experiment," which purportedly managed to not only visibly cloak an entire ship (the USS Eldridge), but send it from its dock in Philadelphia through time and space to another port in Norfolk. READ MORE HERE
But you might not know that Philadelphia harbor was also the scene of another bizarre anomaly almost forty years prior.
In July 1904, as the British ship Mohican steamed into port, a curious fog enveloped it that, according to Captain Urquhart (as quoted in the Philadelphia Inquirer), was so dense one could scarcely see the deck of the ship. This strangely dense, gray fog also seemed to glow brighter as the minutes passed. Moreover, the ship's compass spun crazily, iron chains and implements became magnetized to the deck plates, and the hairs on their heads and bodies stuck out "like bristles on a pig."
Half an hour of this passed before the curious cloud lifted and drifted out to sea.
No explanations were brought forth and the mystery subsided into the depths of half-remembered lore.