"About 10 Minutes after Sun Set saw a very remarkable thing in the NE the first
appearance of it was like the shooting of a Star wt a long continued Stream of
fire from it this continued in a streight line & of a fiery colour the space of one
minute ten chang'd to a purple its form then alter'd to that of a Snake w. a tale at
ye upper end having a motion like a pendat at a Vessels masthead then chang'd to
a light blue & alter'd its form nearly resembling a W this continued in sight 15
minutes & keeps its places wtout moveing in ye air.2"
The following image is from the actual log, the date being Sunday, July 31, 1743.
|Log 692, G.W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.|
It is interesting to note that there were relatively few such sightings reported in the 18th century, although there is mention of an observation by a farmer and servant of an unusual flying object "in the shape of a ship" in Holyhead, England in the same year.
If you try to use the latitude and longitude listed in the log,be prepared to be confused as the standardized use of the prime meridian in Greenwich as zero longitude is still well over a century away.