From: Don Ledger <dledger.nul> Date: Sat, 17 Oct 2009 11:08:35 -0300 Archived: Sat, 17 Oct 2009 10:35:00 -0400 Subject: Shag Harbour And Tourism Source: The Chronicle Herald - Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada http://thechronicleherald.ca/Letters/1147711.html Thu. Oct 15 2009 A Shot In The Arm For Local Tourism by Don Ledger Regarding "Shag Harbour's 'UFO incident' sets scene for Sounding Line" by Stephen Patrick Clare in the Books section (Oct. 11): I would like to congratulate Anne DeGrace on the publication of her novel. As one of the two authors of Dark Object, the book that alerted the world to this event, as well as numerous documentaries and lectures, I would like to share a few observations. The Shag Harbour incident is now one of the most well-known unidentified flying object events in UFO history. It is often mistakenly referred to as Canada's Roswell - a misnomer which implies that, like the Roswell incident, there is no documentary evidence. In fact, the actual event in Shag Harbour is heavily documented. The Chronicle Herald's stories, the CBC's film footage of the search, and government documents revealed the ongoing operation in Shag Harbour. They reveal the involvement of Maritime Command, the RCAF's Air Desk in Ottawa, the RCMP and the Rescue Co-ordination Centre (RCC) in Halifax. It is now clear that an object "landed" - not crashed - on the waters off Shag Harbour. A dozen local residents reported an airplane crashing in Shag Harbour and never mentioned a UFO. Other residents and three RCMP officers watched a drifting light on the water, and made plans to go out and rescue or assist the survivors. Young fishermen reported knots in their stomachs at the prospect of seeing the mutilated bodies of victims. The initial event unfolds like the crashing of an airplane. Having written another book, Swissair Down, about the crash of Flight 111, it is my opinion the RCC, the RCMP and the local fishermen reacted in the same manner in both cases. In the days that followed, it was military documents that labelled the object a UFO. Anne DeGrace and I discussed this incident in Shag Harbour in October of 2007. Her success in getting the book published, and the possibility of a movie, also helps promote the area. This year, some 1,100 people from across North America and from Europe visited the temporary museum in Shag Harbour. Recently, a cruise ship line docking in Shelburne asked representatives from the museum to be available to the passengers when its vessel docks there on Oct. 25. Hopefully, Anne DeGrace's book will further invigorate tourism interest in the area, which could use another industry to buttress a declining fishery. Don Ledger is co-author of Dark Object and author of Swissair Down and Maritime UFO Files. He lives in Molega Lake. Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/subscribers/ Your access info works there too... These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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