December 19th 2002

Key West, Florida

Date: December. 19, 2002
Time: Between 5:30 & 5:45 p.m.

I never reported this to anyone officially. I have discussed & shown the object I accidentally captured in a photo December a year ago with family members & some co-workers. Some were intrigued, some very skeptical. In my mind, it's a UFO, no doubt about it.

My husband, my sister-in-law, & myself were on a 4 day cruise in the Caribbean. On the evening of Thursday, Dec. 19, 2002 getting ready to depart Key West, FL we were on the uppermost deck of the ship watching the sunset to our West. The time was between 5:30 & 5:45 p.m.

The sun sets very quickly this far South, so I was intently watching the sun go down thru the view finder of a simple Kodak 35mm disposable camera. Music was playing but not loudly. There was no noise coming from overhead and no motion to take our attention away from getting the sunset on film. There were lots of people on the starboard side of the ship doing the same thing. I took only two shots, just a few seconds apart.

I had the film developed at a local Wolfe Camera Shop. I looked at the photos before I left & when I saw the object in the sunset photo, I asked their rep if there was a scratch on the negative or any trash on it.

He looked at the negative closely with a magnifying eye piece and said no there wasn't. He thought, like I did, it was a very curious photo and even jokingly said that "you may have captured a UFO without even knowing it". The object is gone in the photo taken almost immediately after the first one.

I mailed the negative to the Kodak Picture Center @ 901 Ctr Pk Dr, Charlotte, NC it enlarged to an 8" X 10". The enlargement definitely showed it to be a solid object.

Someone at work had a magnifying device that we put right over the two ends of the object & when you shine a pin light flashlight into the part provided for that, the end toward the sun is a reddish yellow, reflectant of the sun I believe. The end away from the sun is definitely green. Also, there are distant ridges to the parts that slant downward to the Gulf of Mexico.

I have no way of determining the distance this object was from us, or the actual size of it in relation to the other ship that was leaving the harbor at Key West during this sunset. Since you are a research site, maybe there is someway you might could figure this out.

I want to send you the original two photos & the enlargement as attachments using my scanner, but I don't know how to do this.

If you can send me instructions via this e-mail, I will attempt it. I sure hope I to hear back from you as to what you think once you're able to see the pictures for yourself.

Additional Information Below:

They attached, but when you open them everything doesn't show, so hit the key with a (- inside the small magnifying glass) at the top of the screen, you can also widen the photo , & scroll up/down it. It scanned sort of dark. The square white spot @ the bottom of the picture was a light on the deck of the ship. As you can see, the ship in the distance had barely moved when I took the 2nd photo, but the sun had gone down further in the horizon, which was only in a matter of seconds & the object is gone in the 2nd photo.

The 2nd attachment is the enlargement. I turned it horizontally on the scanner so you wouldn't have to look at it sideways. The small white patch up in the sky above the ship in the distance is a scratch that's been made since I've had the picture.

The scanner did a fair job I guess, the originals of course are clearer. I'd be interested in what you think though as to what this could have been.

Thank you to for your time & interest.

Thank you to the witness for the report.

Brian Vike, Director
HBCC UFO Research


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