Romanian Capt. Urquhart piloted the steamship, Mohican, to the Delaware Breakwater and on July 31, 1904, surrounded by a luminescent fog. As noted in a previous column, the fog was so thick that the vessel was forced to stop. The Hawaiian newspaper, The Maui News, noted: “Suddenly, the boat’s contents began to radiate light like a mass of glowing fire.” Iron chains on the metal deck could not be moved, no matter how many sailors attempted to shift them, and the ship’s compass went berserk.

Other objects became attached to the chains, the crew’s hair stood straight up, their body hair bristled and joints in their bones became stiff. This incident may have been an example of St. Elmo’s fire where gas molecules are ionized and glow. Fastcast: Hot again.


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