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MA Case #001
March 1638 or 1639

One night in March in the year 1638 or 1639, James Everell and two others set out in a little boat on the Muddy River in Boston. They had been moving downstream for about a mile when they were suddenly confronted with the appearance of a large bright light hovering in the night sky. The light "flamed up" as it hovered and appeared to be about "three yards square". As the men watched, the light "contractinto the figure of a swine" and moved "swift as an arrow" in the direction of Charlton. For two or three hours, the unidentified light moved back and forth in the sky between Everell's location and Charlton. When the light disappeared, the men noticed to their dismay that they had somehow been carried back against the tide to the place where they started their trip. Everell reported the bizarre sighting to Massachusetts governor John Winthrop, who wrote in his book, "THE HISTORY OF NEW ENGLAND 1630 - 1639", that Everell was a "sober, discreet man." Winthrop noted that "Divers[e] other credible persons saw the same light, after, about the same place". Some said that the light was sometimes seen shooting out flames and sparks.

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