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Re: Trindade Navy Documents Discovered

From: Martin Shough <parcellular.nul>
Date: Tue, 10 May 2011 15:50:50 +0100
Archived: Tue, 10 May 2011 17:28:47 -0400
Subject: Re: Trindade Navy Documents Discovered

>From: Michael Tarbell <mtarbell.nul>
>To: post.nul
>Date: Mon, 09 May 2011 19:39:08 -0600
>Subject: Re: Trindade Navy Documents Discovered

>>From: Martin Shough <parcellular.nul>
>>To: <post.nul>
>>Date: Mon, 9 May 2011 10:37:21 +0100
>>Subject: Trindade Navy Documents Discovered

>>Kentaro Mori alerted me to this very important recent
>>details of which have been posted by Alexandre Borges in the
>>last few days. Links to pdf downloads of several documents, or
>>parts thereof, can be found at:


>Thanks for the notice Martin. This is a lot to digest before
>commenting in detail... I'm relying on marginally effective
>Google Translate. Cursory review: it strengthens the (genuine
>anomaly) case more than it weakens it.

I tend to agree at the moment.

>Question to anyone: Who actually invited Barauna and the diving
>club onboard, and when? If it was Bacellar himself, the plot
>would thicken considerably.

The consensus of belief seems to be that the Icarai Club divers
were _invited_ on the trip _by the Navy_,  and Barauna went as
one of them. Similar invitations to other civilians had been the
practice on earlier trips to the island (last one in Sept 1957).
It appears to have been expected that the civilian invitees
would assist the Navy and/or IGY scientists in various ways. But
I haven't seen any official record of their status as it was
understood by the Navy, and I don't find any undication of the
date the Club was first invited (presumably via its chairman,
Amilar Vieira).

Here are some references:

"This Ministry sees no reason to forbid the publication of
pictures of said object, taken by Mr. Almiro Barauna- who was at
the Island of Trindade as a Navy guest..." (Fontes translation
from Rio de Janeiro CORREIO DA MANH=C3, ULTIMA HORA, February 23;
0 GLOBO, February 24, etc. Sao Paulo 0 ESTADO DE SAO PAULO,
February 23, 1958)

The version of the above statement cited by US Naval Attache
Capt Sunderland (ONI Information Report, March 11 1958) has
"Almiro Barauna, who was at Trindade Island at the invitation of
the Navy".

"Q. Mr. Barauna, what were the reasons for your presence aboard
the NE 'Almirante Saldanha'?

"A. The Navy has invited several teams specialized in submarine
hunting to visit the Island of Trindade. I am a member of the
Icarai Club for Submarine Hunting, and our group was invited for
the last trip... We were going to try to beat some records on
submarine hunting. Personally, I was going to take underwater
photographs for the Navy, and also to write some articles about
the Island and the activities of the scientists working for the
IGY." (O Cruzeiro, March 8 1958)

"Several civilians were aboard the ship this time, invited
officially to collaborate with the Navy Ministry in the
scientific studies which were underway at the Island. One man
was Almiro Barauna, a photographer and former newspaperman now
working as a 'free lancer.' He was also an expert in submarine
photography and had been invited to work in the field for the
Navy." (Fontes, The UAO Sightings at the Island of Trindade,
APRO Bulletin)

"We can say the story began on January 14, when the Brazilian
Navy's vessel Almirante Saldanha was nearing Trindade Island,
bringing along with its regular crew a group of skin-divers, as
it had been doing on its latest trips. One of the members of
that team was Barauna, who would eventually become the major
protagonist in the case. 1958 was the International Geophysical
Year, and the Brazilian Navy was actively participating in the
researches being conducted, which included Trindade.

"Thus, the presence of the skin-divers was associated to such
activities. The team was supposed to collect rare fish specimens
that were not usually found on the coast. Barauna was invited to
photograph the bottom of the sea, and a watertight box had been
built to allow for such images to be taken."

("New facts on the Trindade incident - Unpublished statements
from the author of the famous photographs taken aboard Almirante
Saldanha", Marco Antonio Petit, Brazilian UFO Magazine, 1997)

"The year of 1958 was the 'International Geophysical Year'. The
Navy used to invite teams that embarked at the old school ship
'Almirante Saldanha', to the scientists' service. On that day,
we were on board with the team of the Icarai Underwater Hunt
Club, composed of five people: Amilar V. Filho that directed the
group. Jose Teobaldo Viegas, retired Brazilian Air Force
captain, industrial and director of Niteroi Aero-club; Mauro
Andrade, employee of the Bank of London; Aloisio and me, that
participated in the group as specialist in underwater pictures."

(Aurelio Zaluar, The Trndade Island Case, UFO/OVNI Documento,
Oct/Dec 1979; trans. Kentaro Mori)

"In reality, people saw something there. There was something, a
cloud formation, another thing. He [Bara=FAna] was doing
underwater pictures for the Navy." -- Barauna's nephew, Marcello
Ribeiro, in interview with Alexandre Borges

Martin Shough

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