The Philadelphia Experiment
by Harry Osoff and Bruce Cathie
Albert Einstein conferring with naval officers
in his study at
Princeton, New Jersey, July 24,1943. (National Archives)
Regional Philadelphia Newspaper Article
Surround Tavern Brawl
Several city police officers responding to a call to aid members of
the Navy Shore Patrol in breaking up a tavern brawl near the U.S.
Navy docks here last night got something of a surprise when they
arrived on the scene to find the place empty of customers. According
to a pair of very nervous waitresses, the Shore Patrol had arrived
first and cleared the place out -but not before two of the sailors
involved allegedly did a disappearing act. "They just sort of
vanished into thin air. . . right there," reported one of the
frightened hostesses, "and I ain't been drinking either!" At that
point, according to her account, the Shore Patrol proceeded to
hustle everyone out of the place in short order.
A subsequent chat with the local police precinct left no doubts as
to the fact that some sort of general brawl had indeed occurred in
the vicinity of the dockyards at about eleven o'clock last night,
but neither confirmation nor denial of the stranger aspects of the
story could be immediately obtained. One reported witness succinctly
summed up the affair by dismissing it as nothing more than "A lot of
hooey from them daffy dames down there." Who, he went on to say,
were just looking for some free publicity.
Damage to the tavern was estimated to be in the vicinity of six
The "Philadelphia Experiment" is the name that has commonly been
given to an alleged Top-Secret experiment conducted by the United
States Navy in 1943 in which the Destroyer Escort U.S.S. Eldridge,
outfitted with several tons of specialized electronics equipment
capable of creating a tremendous pulsating magnetic field around
itself, was first made invisible and then transported, in a matter
of moments, from the Philadelphia Navy Yard, to the Norfolk Docks
and back again, a total distance of over 400 miles (640 kilometers).
The United States government for the last 43 years has officially
denied that this experiment ever took place. Challenging this
statement, however, are several unanswered questions: What caused
the death of some of the crew members aboard ship in a safe and
secure harbor? Why was the remainder of the crew discharged as
medically unfit? If one concludes that the Philadelphia Experiment
did really occur, then was the untimely death of an independent
researcher investigating the alleged experiment really suicide? How
could the Navy possibly accomplish such a fantastic experiment? In
any case, the story begins with Morris Ketchum Jessup, an astronomy
and mathematics Professor at the University of Michigan.
Morris Ketchum Jessup was born in Rockville, Indiana, March 20, 1900
and named after his uncle, a railroad and financial baron (who also
had a Cape in the northernmost tip of Greenland named after him). In
the late 1920s while a Doctorate student at the University of
Michigan, the young Jessup's research was responsible for the
discovery of many physical double stars now catalogued by the Royal
Astronomical Society of London.
While the country was in the firm grip of the Depression and jobs
were hard to find, Jessup, like so many other highly technical
people, took work wherever he could. He was first assigned by the
U.S. Department of Agriculture to go to the Amazon to study sources
of crude rubber. From there he became a photographer on an
archaeological expedition to the Mayan ruins in Central America.
Then Jessup went to Peru to study pre-lncan culture. It was in Peru
that Jessup, after studying these massive ruins with their
incredible exactness and implicit construction skills, speculated
that they could have been built only with the aid of levitating
devices from sky ships of some sort. This theory places Jessup among
of modern scientists to believe in the "Ancient Astronauts" theory.
This view, naturally, did not put him in high regard among his
employers and colleagues, and he was soon on his own.
Jessup continued his research at his own expense. He found some very
interesting craters in Mexico that were similar in structure and
type to the mysterious craters on the Moon. Further research
disclosed that the United States Air Force had highly classified
photos of the Mexican craters. Running out of money, Jessup returned
to the U.S. in 1954 to raise funds for further research. When the
flying-saucer craze ran rampant in the late 1940s and early 1950s,
Jessup became interested, first casually, and then quite seriously.
His major focus was the possible propulsion power for these sky
From what he had learned in Central America, Mexico, and Peru,
Jessup was convinced that UFOs were a real possibility, and he had
enough foundation to prove it. Jessup moved to Washington, D.C. and
devoted the next year to extensive research. On January 13, 1955, he
gave his publisher the completed manuscript of his book, The Case
for the UFO.
The book sold well enough such that in the fall of 1955 Bantam
issued a paperback edition. Shortly after this book was published,
Jessup received a most unusual letter. It was written in several
different colors of ink and the spelling and punctuation were most
odd. The subject of the letter, however, was even stranger than its
grammatical oddities. The correspondent, a Mr. Allende (who signed
his letters "Carl Allen") was markedly interested in Jessups' ideas
about levitation and went to great lengths to agree with Jessups'
theory-—that many of our megaliths were built using the technique of
levitation. In fact, he assured Jessup that levitation was not only
scientifically possible but was commonplace on Earth in our recent
past. Jessup was so fascinated by the style of the letter and the
agreement with his own theory that he wrote back to Allende asking
for more details.
These events concurred with several other pressing matters. At this
time Jessup was doing the publicity and lecture circuit and was also
preparing his second book, The UFO and the Bible. He soon forgot
about the mysterious letter.
During the next year Jessup pushed for research into the unified
field theory, something Einstein had worked on during the last
twenty years of his life. It was this consuming interest that
brought the "Philadelphia Experiment" back into the limelight. On
January 13, 1956, exactly one year after his
first book was published, Morris Ketchum Jessup received the
(Editor's Note : It is reprinted here exactly as
Jessup received it. This letter contains many typographical errors
and odd capitalizations of certain words; these have not been
corrected, as they contain a significant part of the key to the
whole matter. However a few new paragraphs have been made in the
long text to aid readability)
My Dear Dr. Jessup,
Your invocation to the Public that they move en Masse upon their
Representatives and have thusly enough Pressure placed at the right
& sufficient Number of Places where from a Law demanding Research
into Dr. Albert Eienstiens Unified Field Theory May be enacted
(1925-1927) is Not at all Necessary. It May Interest you to know that
The Good Doctor Was Not so Much influenced in his retraction of that
Work, by Mathematics, as he most assuredly was by Humanities.
His Later computations, done strictly for his own edification &
amusement, upon cycles of Human Civilization & Progress compared to
the Growth of Mans General over-all Character Was enough to Horrify
Him. Thus, we are told today that the Theory was "Incomplete."
Dr. B. Russell asserts privately that It is complete. He also says
that Man is Not Ready for it & Shan't be until after W.W. III.
Nevertheless, "Results" of My friend Dr. Franklin Reno, were used.
These Were a complete Recheck of That Theory, With a View to any &
Every Possible quick use of it, if feasible in a Very short time.
There Were good Results, as far as a Group Math Re-Check AND as far
as a good Physical "Result," to Boot. YET, THE NAVY FEARS TO USE
THIS RESULT. The Result was & stands today as Proof that The Unified
Field Theory to a certain extent is correct. Beyond that certain
extent No Person in his right senses, or having any senses at all,
Will evermore dare to go.
I am sorry that I Mislead You in My Previous Missive. True, enough,
such a form of Levitation has been accomplished as described. It is
also a Very commonly observed reaction of certain Metals to Certain
Fields surrounding a current, This field being used for that
purpose. Had Faraday concerned himself about the Mag. field
surrounding an Electric Current, We today Would NOT exist or if We
did exist, our present Geo-Political situation would have the very
time-bombish, ticking off towards Destruction, atmosphere that Now
exists. Alright, Alright! The "result" was complete invisibility of
a ship, Destroyer type, and all of its crew, While at Sea. (Oct.
1943) The Field Was effective in an oblate spheroidal shape,
extending one hundred yards (More or Less, due to Lunar position and
Latitude) out from each beam of the ship. Any Person Within that
sphere became vague in form BUT He too observed those Persons aboard
that ship as though they too were of the same state, yet were
walking upon nothing. Any person without that sphere could see
Nothing save the clearly Defined shape of the Ships Hull in the
Water. PROVIDING of course, that that person was just close enough
to see yet, just barely outside of that field. Why tell you Now?
Very Simple; If you choose to go Mad, 116 ANTI-GRAVITY AND THE WORLD
then you would reveal this information. Half of the
the crew of that Ship are at Present, Mad as Hatters. A few are even
Yet confined to certain areas where they may receive trained
Scientific aid when they, either, "Go Blank" or "Go Blank" & Get
Stuck." Going-Bland IE an after effect of the Man having been within
the field too Much, IS Not at all an unpleasant experience to
Healthily Curious Sailors. However it is when also, they "Get Stuck"
that they call it "HELL" INCORPORATED" The Man thusly stricken can
Not Move of his own volition unless one or More of those who are
within the field go & touch him, quickly, else he "Freezes".
If a Man Freezes, His position Must be Marked out carefully and then
the Field is cut-off. Everyone but that "Frozen" Man is able to
Move; to appreciate apparent Solidity again. Then, the Newest Member
of the cres Must approach the Spot, where he will find the "Frozen"
Mans face or Bare skin, that is Not covered by usual uniform
Clothing. Sometimes, It takes only an hour or so Sometimes all Night
& all Day Long & Worse It once took 6 months, to get the Man
"Unfrozen". This "Deep Freeze" was not
psychological. It is a Result
of a Hyper-Field that is set up, within the field of the Body, While
the "Scorch" Field is turned on & this at Length or upon a Old Hand.
A Highly complicated Piece of Equipment Had to be constructed in
order to Unfreeze those who became "True Froze" (Editor's Note :
This could be "Free Freeze") or "Deep Freeze" subjects. Usually a
"Deep Freeze" Man goes Mad, Stark Raving, Gibbering, Running MAD, if
His "freeze" is far More than a Day in our time.
I speak of TIME for DEEP "Frozen Men" are Not aware of Time as We
know it. They are Like Semi-comatose person, who Live, breathe,
Look & feel but still are unaware of So Utterly Many things as to
constitute a "Nether World" to them. A Man in an ordinary common
Freeze is aware of Time, sometimes acutely so. Yet They are Never
aware of Time precisely as you and I are aware of it. The First
"Deep Freeze" As I said took 6 months to Rectify. It also took over
5 Million Dollars worth of Electronic equipment & a Special Ship
Berth. If around or Near the Philadelphia Navy Yard you see a group
of Sailors in the act of Putting their Hands upon a fellow or upon
"thin air", observe the Digits & appendages of the Stricken Man. If
they seem to Waver, as those within a Heat-Mirage, go quickly & Put
YOUR Hands upon Him, For that Man is The Very Most Desperate of Men
in The World. Not one of those Men ever want at all to become again
invisible. I do Not think that Much More Need be said as to Why Man
is Not Ready for Force-Field Work. Eh?
You Will Hear phrases from these Men such as "Caught in the Flow (or
the Push) or "Stuck in the Green" or "Stuck in Molasses" or " I was
"going" FAST", These Refer to Some of the Decade-Later after effects
of Force-Field Work. "Caught in the Flow" Describes exactly the
"Stuck in Molasses" sensation of a Man going into a "Deep Freeze" or
Plain Freeze" either of the two. "Caught in the Push" can either
refer to That Which a Man feels Briefly WHEN he is either about to
inadvertently "Go-Blank" IE Become Invisible" or about to "Get
Stuck" in a "Deep Freeze" or "Plain Freeze."
There are only a few of the original Experimental D-E's
Crew Left by Now, Sir. Most went insane, one just walked "thru" His
quarters Wall in sight of His Wife & Child & 2 other crew Members
(WAS NEVER SEEN AGAIN), two " Went into "The Flame," I.E. They
"Froze" & Caught fire, while carrying common Small-Boat Compasses,
one Man carried the compass & Caught fire, the other came for the
"Laying on of Hands" as he was the nearest but he too, took fire.
THEY BURNED FOR 18 DAYS. The faith in "Hand Laying" Died When this
Happened & Men's Minds Went by the scores. The experiment Was a
Complete Success . The Men were Complete Failures.
Check Philadelphia Papers for a tiny one Paragraph (upper Half of
sheet, inside the paper Near the rear 3rd of Paper, 1944-46 in
Spring or Fall or Winter, NOT Summer.) of an item describing the
Sailors Actions after their initial Voyage. They Raided a Local to
the Navy Yard "Gin Mill" or "Beer Joint" & caused such shock &
Paralysis of the Waitresses that Little comprehensible could be
gotten from them, save that Paragraph & the Writer of it, Does Not
Believe it, & Says "I only wrote what I heard & them Dames is Daffy.
So, all I get is a "Hide-it" Bedtime Story."
Check observer ships crew, Matson Lines Liberty ship out of Norfolk,
(Company MAY Have Ships Log for that Voyage or Coast Guard have it)
The S.S. Andrew Furnseth, Chief Mate Mowsely, (Will secure Captains
Name Later) (Ships Log Has Crew List on it.) one crew member Richard
Price or "Splicey" Price May Remember other Names of Deck Crew Men,
(Coast Guard has record of Sailors issued "Papers") Mr. Price Was 18
or 19 then, Oct. 1943, and Lives or Lived at that time in His old
Family Home in Roanoke, VA. a small town with a Small Phone book.
These Men Were Witnesses, The Men of this crew, "Connally of New
England, (Boston?), May have Witnessed but I doubt it. (Spelling May
be incorrect) DID witness this. I ask you to Do this bit of Research
simply that you May Choke on your own Tongue when you Remember what
you have "appealed to be Made Law"
Very Disrespectfully Yours,
Carl M. Allen
Notes in addition to and
pertaining to Missive
(Contact Rear Admiral Ransom Bennett for verification of info
Navy Chief of research. He may offer you a job, ultimately)
Coldly & analytically speaking, without the Howling that is in the
Letter to you accompanying this, I will say the following in all
Fairness to you & to Science.
(1) The Navy did Not know that the men
could become invisible WHILE NOT UPON THE SHIP & UNDER THE FIELDS
(2) The Navy Did Not know that there would be Men Die
from the odd effects of HYPER "Field" within or upon "Field."
Further, They even yet do Not know Why this happened & are not even
sure that the "F" within "F" is the reason, for sure at all. In
Short The Atomic bomb didn't kill the experimenters thus the
experiments went on-but
eventually one or two were accidentally killed But the cause was
known as to Why they died.
Left: the ss Andrew Furuseth, which
Carlos Allende (using the name
Carl Allen) joined in August 1943.
In the photograph of the ship's
officers and crew (above), the man standing immediately to the left
of the right-hand ventilator
is thought by some
researchers to be
Allende, who served on the ship until January 1944
Myself, I "feel" that something pertaining to the Small-boat compass
"triggered" off "The Flames." I have no proof, but Neither Does the
Navy. (4) WORSE & Not Mentioned When one or two of their Men,
Visible-within-the-field-to- all-the-others, Just Walked into
Nothingness, AND Nothing Could be felt, of them, either when the
"field" Was turned on OR off, THEY WERE JUST GONE! Then, More Fears
Were Amassed. (5)
Worse, Yet, When an apparently Visible & New-Man
Just walks seemingly "thru" the Wall of his House, the surrounding
area Searched by all Men & thoroughly scrutinized by & with & under
an Installed Portable Field developer AND NOTHING EVER found of him.
So Many Many Fears were by then in effect that the Sum total of them
all could Not ever again be faced by ANY of those Men or by the Men
Working at & upon the Experiments.
I wish to Mention that Somehow, also, The Experimental Ship
Disappeared from its Philadelphia Dock and only a Very few Minutes
Later appeared at its other Dock in the Norfolk, Newport News,
Portsmouth area. This was distinctly AND clearly Identified as being
that place BUT the ship then, again, Disappeared And Went Back to
its Philadelphia Dock in only a Very few Minutes or Less. This was
also noted in the newspapers But I forget what paper I read it in or
When It happened. Probably Late in the experiments, May have been in
1956 after Experiments were discontinued, I can Not Say for Sure
To the Navy this Whole thing was So Impractical due to its Morale
Blasting effects Which were so much so that efficient operation of
the Ship was Drastically hindered and then after this occurrence It
was shown that even the Mere operation of a ship could Not be
counted upon at all. In short, Ignorance of this thing bred Such
Terrors of it that, on the Level of attempted operations, with what
knowledge was then available It was deemed as impossible,
Impracticable and Too Horrible.
I believe that Had YOU then been Working upon & With the team that
was Working upon this project With yourself knowing what You NOW
know, that "The Flames" Would Not have been so unexpected, or Such a
Terrifying Mystery. Also, More than Likely, I must say in All
fairness, None of these other occurrences could have happened without
some knowledge of their possibility of occurring. In fact, They May
have been prevented by a far More Cautious Program AND by a Much
More Cautiously careful Selection of Personnel for Ships officers &
Such Was Not the case. The Navy used whatever Human Material was at
hand, Without Much, if any, thought as to character & Personality of
that Material. If care, Great Care is taken in selection of Ship,
and officers and crew AND If Careful Indoctrination is taken along
with Careful watch over articles of apparel Such as rings & Watches
& Identification bracelets & belt buckles, Plus AND ESPECIALLY the
effect of Hob-Nailed shoes or Cleated-shoes U.S. Navy issue shoes, I
feel that some progress towards dissipating the fear filled ignorance
surrounding this project Will be Most surely & certainly
The Records of the U.S. Maritime Service HOUSE
Norfolk, Va. (for Graduated Seamen of their Schools) Will reveal who
was assigned to S.S. Andrew Furuseth for Month of either Late Sept.
or Oct. of
1943. I remember positively of one other observer who stood beside
Me When tests were going on. He was from New England, Brown Blond
Curly Hair, blue eyes, Don't remember name. I leave it up to you to
Decide if further work shall be put into this or Not, and Write this
in Hopes there Will be.
Carl M. Allen
So here was a mysterious correspondence from a man who talked like
he knew intimately about levitation, disappearing ships, and
invisible men. He wrote in different color inks and with a style of
writing that would not win any good grades anywhere. Jessup,
meanwhile, was being pushed around by his agents in New York to run
the publicity circuit and to get a new book out while the interest
was still hot on his last one. But all he wanted was to make some
cash and get back to those craters in Mexico.
It would have been
easy to just forget the whole Allende matter, but Jessup sent him a
for more details and five months later he received the
following reply. (Once again, this is reprinted as it was
received by Jessup)
Dear Mr. Jessup:
Having just recently gotten home from my long travels around the
country I find that you had dropped me a card. You ask that I write
you "at once" and So after taking everything into consideration, I
have decided to do so. You ask me for what is tantamount to positive
proof of something that only the duplication of those devices that
produced "This Phenomenon" could ever give you. At least, were I of
scientific bent, I presume that, were I of Such a Curiosity about
something, the which has been produced from a theory that was
discarded (1927) as incomplete, I am sure that I would be of such
dubiousness towards that I would Have to be shown those devices that
produced such a curious interaction of Forces & Fields, in operation
& their product.
Mr. Jessup, I could NEVER possibly satisfy such an attitude. The
reason being that I could not, Nor ever would the Navy Research
Dept. (Then under the present Boss of the Navy, Burke) ever let it
be known that any such thing was ever allowed to be done. For you
see, It was because of Burkes Curiosity & Willingness & prompting
that this experiment was enabled to be carried out. It proved a
White-elephant but His attitude towards advanced & ultra-advanced
types of research is just "THE" THING that put him where he is
today. (Or at least, to be sure, it carries a great weight). Were
the stench of such an Experiments results ever to come out, He would
However, I have noticed, that thru the ages, those who have had
this happen to them, once the vulgar passions that caused the
reaction have cooled-off AND further research OPENLY carried
on, that these crucified ones achieve something akin to Saint hood.
You say that this, "is of the greatest importance". I disagree with
you Mr. Jessup, not just whole Heartedly, but vehemently. However at
the same time, your ideas & your own sort of curiosity is that of
mine own sort and besides my disagreement is based upon
philosophical Morality and not upon that curiosity which Drives
Science so rapidly. I can be of some positive help to you in myself
but to do so would require a Hypnotist, Sodium Pentothal, a tape
recorder & an excellent typist-secretary in order to produce
material of Real value to you.
As you know one who is hypnotized cannot Lie and one who is both
hypnotized AND given "Truth Serum" as it is colloquially known, COULD
NOT POSSIBLY LIE, AT ALL To boot, My Memory would be THUS enabled to
remember things in such great detail, things that my present
consciousness cannot recall at all, or only barely and uncertainly
that it would be of far greater benefit to use hypnosis. I could
thus be enabled to not only Recall COMPLETE names, but also
addresses & telephone numbers AND perhaps the very important Z
numbers of those sailors whom I sailed with them or even came into
contact with. I could too, being something of a Dialectician, be
able to thusly talk exactly as these witnesses talked and imitate or
illustrate their Mannerisms & Habits of thought, thus your
psychologists can figure IN ADVANCE the Surefire method of dealing
Most Successfully with these. I could NOT do this with someone with
whom I had not observed at length & these men, I lived with for
about 6 months, so you are bound to get good to excellent results.
The mind does NOT ever forget, Not really, As you know. Upon this I
suggest this way of doing this with Myself but further, the Later
usage of Myself in Mannerisms & Thought pattern illustration is
suggested in order that the Goal of inducing these Men to place
themselves at & under your disposal (HYPNOTICALLY OR UNDER
TRUTH-SERUM) is a Goal, the Which could Have Far greater impact, due
to co-relation of Experiences remembered Hypnotically by Men who
have not seen or even written to each other, at all, for Nearly or
over TEN years. In this, with such Men as Witnesses, giving
irrefutable testimony It is my belief that were, Not the Navy, but
the Air force, confronted with such evidence, (IE Chief of Research)
there would be either an uproar or a quiet and determined effort to
achieve SAFELY "that which" the Navy failed at.
They did NOT fail to, I hope you realize, achieve
Metallic & organic
invisibility nor did they fail to, unbesoughtedly, achieve
transportation of thousands of tons of Metal & Humans at an eyes
blink speed. Even though this latter effect of prolonged
experimentation was (to them) The thing that caused them to consider
the experiment as a failure, I BELIEVE THAT FURTHER EXPERIMENTS
WOULD NATURALLY HAVE PRODUCED CONTROLLED TRANSPORT OF GREAT TONNAGES
AT ULTRAFAST SPEEDS TO A DESIRED POINT THE INSTANT IT IS DESIRED
thru usage of an area covered by: (1) those cargoes and (2) that
"Field" that could cause those goods, Ships or Ship parts (MEN WERE
TRANSPORTED AS WELL) to go to another Point. Accidentally and to the
embarrassed perplexity of the Navy THIS HAS ALREADY HAPPENED TO A
WHOLE SHIP, CREW & ALL. I read of this AND of THE OFF-BASE AWOL
ACTIVITIES OF THE crew-Men
who were at the time invisible in a Philadelphia NEWSPAPER. UNDER
NARCO-HYPNO-HYPNOSIS I CAN BE ENABLED TO DIVULGE THE NAME, DATE &
SECTION & PAGE NUMBER of that Paper & the other one.
Thus this papers "Morgue" will divulge EVEN MORE POSITIVE PROOF
ALREADY PUBLISHED of this experiment. The Name of the Reporter who
skeptically covered & wrote of these incidents (OF THE
RESTAURANT-BARROOM RAID WHILE INVISIBLE & OF THE SHIPS SUDDEN AWOL)
AND WHO INTERVIEWED the Waitresses CAN THIS BE FOUND, thus HIS and
the Waitresses testimony can be added to the Records. Once on this
track, I believe That you can uncover CONSIDERABLY MORE evidence to
sustain this— (what would you call it—SCANDAL or DISCOVERY?) You
would Need a Dale Carnegie to maneuver these folks into doing just
as you wish. It would be cheaper than paying everyone of all these
witnesses & Much more Ethical. The Idea Is, to the Layman type of
person, utterly ridiculous. However, can you remember, all by
yourself, the Date of a Newspaper in which you saw an interesting
item more than 5 years ago? Or recall names of Men, their phone #'s
that you saw in 1943-44.
I do hope you will consider this plan. You will Progress as Not
possible in any other way. Of course, I realize that you will need a
Man Who can cause people to want to have fun, to play with
Hypnotism, one that can thusly dupe those he-you need to: #1 come to
His Demonstrations & thus call on them to be either both "Honored"
as Helping with the show & doing Him a Great favor, &/ or being part
of the act for the mite of a small fee He would HAVE to be a Man of
such an android ingenuity at Manufacturing a plausible story on
the-instant-he-sizes-up-his-"personality-to be dealt with THAT had
cost PLENTY. The ability to convince people of an outright Lie as
being the absolute truth would be one of his prime prerequisites.
(Ahem.) Yes, some such skullduggery would have to be thought well out
& done. THE ULTIMATE END WILL BE A TRUTH TOO HUGE, TOO FANTASTIC, TO
NOT BE TOLD. A WELL FOUNDED TRUTH, BACKED UP BY UNOBFUSCATIVE PROOF
I would like to find where it is that these Sailors live NOW. It is
known that some few people can somehow tell you a mans name & His
Home address UNDER HYPNOSIS EVEN THOUGH NEVER HAVING MET OR SEEN THE
PERSON. These folks have a very high or just a high PSI factor in
their make-up that can be intensified under stress or strain OR that
usually is intensified under extreme fright. It also can be
RE-intensified by Hypnosis, thus is like reading from the
Encyclopedia Britannica. Even though that Barroom- Restaurant Raid
was staged by invisible or partly invisible men, those men CAN SEE
EACH OTHER THUS NAMES, in the excitement, were sure to have been
Mentioned, whether last or first Names or Nicknames. A check of the
Naval Yards Dispensaries or Hospital or aid stations or prison
RECORDS of that particular day that the Barroom-Restaurant occurred
May reveal the EXACT NAMES OF PRECISELY WHO WERE THE MEN, THEIR
SERVICE SERIAL NUMBERS & THUS THE INFORMATION ON WHERE THEY ARE FROM
BE SECURED & by adroit "maneuverings" of those still at Home, THE
NAME OF THE PLACE where they are at present can be secured.
HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO ACTUALLY SPEAK TO (or some of THE MEN) A MAN
WHO WAS ONCE AN INVISIBLE HUMAN BEING? (MAY BECOME SO IN FRONT OF
YOUR VERY EYES IF HE TURNS OFF HIS HIP-SET). Well, all this
fantastically Preposterous sort of rubbish will be necessary, Just
to do that, the Hypnotist-psychologist & all that. Maybe I suggest
something too thorough & too Methodical for your taste but then, I,
as first subject, Don't care to be Hypnotized at all. But too, feel
that certain pull of curiosity about this thing that, to me, is
irresistible. I want to crack this thing wide open. My reasons are
simply to enable more work to be done upon this "Field Theory,"
I am a star-gazer Mr. Jessup. I make no bones about this and the
fact that I feel that IF HANDLED PROPERLY, I.E. PRESENTED TO PEOPLE
& SCIENCE IN THE PROPER PSYCHOLOGICALLY EFFECTIVE MANNER, I feel sure
that Man will go where He now dreams of being—to the stars via the
form of transport that the Navy accidentally stumbled upon (to their
embarrassment) when their EXP. SHIP took off & popped-up a minute or
so later on several Hundred sea travel-trip miles away at another of
its berths in Chesapeake Bay area. I read of this in another
newspaper & only by Hypnosis could any Man remember all the details
of which paper, date of occurrence & etc., you see? Eh. Perhaps
already, the Navy has used this accident of transport to build your
UFO's. It is a logical advance from any standpoint. What do you
One could conclude from the beginning of the letter that Jessup had
asked for some specific hard cold facts. He could even have been
looking for the actual equipment design. What he got back as an
answer was: "I can't give you those things, but how about truth
serum and hypnosis?" Allen's answer was too fantastic to believe and
since he provided no new information, Jessup disregarded these
letters as ramblings from a crazy person with a fondness for UFOs.
There wasn't anything else to do. Jessup was too busy raising
capital to return to Mexico and resume his grand passion—those
mysterious craters—than to pursue some crackpot talking about
invisible ships and men. However, there were events happening
elsewhere that would soon bring this fantastic story back into
In late July or early August a copy of The Case for the UFO arrived
at the Office of Naval Research (O.N.R.). However, this was not an
ordinary copy. It had been sent to Admiral N. Furth in a manila
envelope and across the front of it had been scribbled "Happy
Easter". The book itself was well worn and contained handwritten
comments at the top, bottom and margins of the pages. The comments
were written in three different colors of ink as if the book had
been passed back and
forth between three people. The comments suggested a knowledge of
UFOs, their method of propulsion, and the origin and background of
the beings operating them. The book at that time fell into the
possession of Major Darrell L. Ritter (U.S.M.C. Aeronautical Project
Officer at O.N.R.) who took a great interest in these comments. It
was obvious that a great deal of time and effort had been put into
Major Ritter was also aware of the government's momentary interest
in anti-gravity research, and felt that the comments about undersea
cities built by two groups of extra-terrestrials (called the LMs and
SMs) were quite intriguing. There were explanations for mysterious
ship and plane disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle.
was an extensive commentary on the origins of odd storms and clouds,
of objects falling from the sky, of strange marks and footprints
that Jessup had written about, and many odd words (such as:
"mothership", "home ship", "dead ship", "great ark", "great
bombardment", "great return", "great war", "little men", "force
fields", "deep freeze", "measure markers", "scout ships", "magnetic
fields", "gravity fields", "sheets of diamonds", "cosmic rays",
"force cutters", "inlay work", "clear talk", "telepathing", "nodes",
"vortices", and "magnetic net") that were used throughout the book
and which might be of some value for later research.
Major Ritter passed the book on to two other O.N.R. officers,
Commander George W. Hoover (Special Projects Officer) and Captain
Sidney Sherby. These men were intimately involved in the Navy's
Project Vanguard, the code name for the U.S. effort to develop the
first artificial earth satellite.
Commander Hoover and Captain Sherby, reviewing the book, and the
mysterious comments within it, invited Jessup to come to O.N.R. and
discuss his book. By this time it was the spring of 1957 and 18
months had passed since the book had first arrived at the O.N.R. As
Jessup read the annotated book he reportedly became more and more
distressed, because the comments referred to subjects he had heard
about but which had not been mentioned in his writings. The person
or persons who had written these comments had a good understanding
of the current "myths" of UFOs, extraterrestrials, and other
subjects mainly the concern of psychics, cultists and mystics.
Jessup became confused as to why the United States government was so
interested in the scribblings from such an apparently cluttered
mind. As he read further he came across a comment concerning a
secret Navy experiment in 1943 and immediately he knew who had been
responsible for the crazed and disjointed comments.
Jessup then shared his discovery with the Naval Officers and
they in turn asked if the O.N.R. could have the letters. Next they
informed Jessup that a special edition of his book was being
produced by them and it would include all the additions. Jessup
consented to the new edition and made three additional trips to
the O.N.R. concerning this matter.
Shortly after these meetings Jessup was involved in a car
accident. At the same time he began experiencing marital
difficulties; close friends say he was never quite the same
after that. He seemed quite disturbed by the Navy experience
and after receiving the promised copies of his own book he
spent considerable time adding his own comments. Hoover and
Shelby would, in the days to come, make many attempts to find
the elusive Allende (Carl Allen) but with no success. Jessup
was still confused as to why the Navy was so interested in this
matter, and spent considerable time researching the details of
the operation known as the "Philadelphia Experiment".
In the meantime all his efforts to get back to Mexico had
come up blank, and he now devoted himself to writing and
publishing. He moved back to his native Indiana and started
publishing a small astrological journal. During October of
1958, Jessup left Indiana for New York on publishing business
and around the 31st paid a visit to a friend, Ivan T. Sanderson,
founder of the Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained
(S.I.T.U.). Over dinner Jessup gave Sanderson the copy of the
book he had been making notes in; Jessup, being visibly
disturbed, asked Sanderson in great sincerity to read it and
then lock it up for safe keeping—"In case anything should
happen to me."
Jessup was scheduled to return to Indiana within a few
days. When he failed to return, his publisher became concerned
and contacted one of Jessups' associates concerning his
whereabouts. His associate related that he had no information.
Six weeks after his New York departure Jessup, was located in
Florida; apparently, he had gone there from New York and had
been involved in another major car accident from which he was
still recovering. Jessup, during those next months, was in
terrible spirits. His publisher rejected his manuscripts as
being "not up to par." His writings were drawing considerable
criticism from all around the country. On April 20, 1959, two
years after meeting with the O.N.R., Jessup was found dead in
his car close to his Florida home: a victim of carbon-monoxide
poisoning. A hose had been attached to his car exhaust and
passed into the passenger side window.
Jessup had killed himself. Or had he? Jessup's death has
been the subject of substantial speculation. Some of his friends
have said that Jessup was not the type to kill himself. Others have
suggested he was murdered when he refused to abandon his UFO
research. Rumors were then circulating about the "Men In Black", the
name given to government agents who allegedly visited several UFO
researchers and "persuaded" them to cease and desist their work.
Other friends said that Jessup was depressed about personal problems
and that he had sent a suicide note to a close friend. However, the
handwriting was not checked to see if it matched with Jessup's.
The truth about Morris K. Jessup will probably never be known,
placing him in that same file cabinet along with Karen Silkwood,
John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, and other humans regarding whom
certain factions in our society would have an easier time of things
if they were invisible or dead.
So we might ask, Did the Navy really make a Destroyer-class ship
disappear and transport itself over four hundred miles of ocean in a
matter of moments, or is this just some fantastic story? And if this
is not just a story, why did they do it? We know by the results why
the Navy might have wanted to keep things quiet. Governmental
cover-ups are not new; they seem to come with the institution. Maybe
we can reach a conclusion more easily if we learn more about the
last day of Jessup's life.
Dr. J. Manson Valentine, an oceanographer, archaeologist, and
zoologist, had been a friend of Jessups' for the last fourteen years
of his life while he resided in Florida. Jessup, as we know, was
very upset during the last months of his life and was reaching out
more than ever to talk with someone. Dr. Valentine was that someone.
It was during these last months that Jessup shared his innermost
feelings about the Philadelphia Experiment with him. It's very
probable that Dr. Valentine was the last person to talk with Jessup.
He had spoken to Jessup on April 20, 1959, and had invited Jessup to
dinner; Jessup accepted his invitation, but never showed up.
"Why do you think Jessup killed himself?", Dr.
Valentine's answer was: "If he committed suicide it was probably due
to extreme depression. He had been approached by the Navy to
continue working on the Philadelphia Experiment or similar projects,
but had declined, as he was worried about its dangerous
ramifications... Perhaps he could have been saved. He was still
alive when he was found .... Perhaps he was allowed to die." Dr.
Valentine went on to say that Jessup had researched the question of
the Philadelphia Experiment, "pretty thoroughly. You must remember
that he was not a crank writer, but a distinguished and famous
Dr. Valentine remembers Jessup relating some strange things he had
learned concerning the Navy's experiment. Jessup said the
invisibility effect had been accomplished by using magnetic field
generators, called degaussers, which were "pulsed" at resonant
frequencies to create a huge magnetic field around the Destroyer. In
Dr. Valentine's opinion Jessup was well informed of the alleged
experiment and had met with the Navy officers and scientists several
times. He had said to Dr. Valentine:
"The experiment is very
interesting but awfully dangerous. It is too hard on the people
involved. This use of magnetic resonance is tantamount to temporary
obliteration in our dimension but it tends to get out of control.
Actually, it is equivalent to a transference of matter into another
level or dimension, and could represent a dimensional breakthrough
if it were possible to control it."
According to Valentine, Jessup believed he was "on the
verge of discovering the scientific basis for whatever was
happening." Jessup explained: "An electric field created in a
coil induces a magnetic field at right angles to the first, and
each of these fields represents one plane of space. But since
there are three planes of space, there must be a third field,
perhaps a gravitational one. By hooking up electromagnetic
generators so as to produce a magnetic pulse it might be
possible to produce this third field through the principle of
resonance." Jessup thought the Navy had discovered this by
This brings up the interesting possibility of a fourth dimension. It
is known, by abstract mathematics, that it is possible to have as
many as fifteen dimensions. If they exist as a mathematical concept,
they exist in fact (according to Pythagoras). It is a widely held
belief among scientists that basic atomic structure is essentially
electric in nature rather than material. A vast interplay of
energies is involved. This concept gives us great flexibility in
visualizing the universe such that if multiple phases of matter
don't exist it would be quite surprising.
The transition from one phase (our world), to another world would be
equivalent to the passage from one plane of existence to another in
a sort of interdimensional metamorphosis. It is a case of worlds
within worlds. Magnetism is thought to be the key factor in the
control of these dimensional changes. Magnetism is the only
phenomenon for which scientists have no mechanical explanation. We
can visualize electrons travelling along a wire to create electric
current, and we can envision waves of different frequencies to
create heat, light and radio.
But a magnetic field defies mechanical interpretation. In addition,
when UFOs do their materializations/dematerializations, intense
magnetic disturbances are always present.
With these thoughts in mind let's see how the concept of a "World
Grid" could be a key factor in the location and function of the
alleged Philadelphia Experiment.
The Philadelphia Experiment is fantastic because it disturbs our
sense of what we think exists in a particular time and space. And
when we speak of space and time, we invariably think of Einstein.
Jessup believed Einstein's theories held the key to UFO propulsion;
after all, Carl Allen had confirmed that
it not only was the key but full scale research and experimentation of Einstein's mysterious mathematical
concepts was already a reality.
Researching Naval employment records we find that Albert
Einstein was hired as a Scientist for the Office of Naval Research
(O.N.R.) on May 31, 1943, a post he maintained until June 30, 1944.
Also on July 24, 1943, Einstein met with Naval Officers in his
Princeton study—just three months prior to the Philadelphia
One way to cross the tremendous distances of space would be to alter
the structure of space itself. This could be accomplished by
modifying the space-time geometric matrix. It is this matrix that
gives us the illusion of form and distance. One method of changing
the matrix is through the modification of frequencies controlling
the matter-antimatter cycles. These in turn control our perceptions
of things existing in apparent space-time. Einstein's premise is
that time is a geometric concept; therefore, if this could be
altered, then all of the universe would become available to us at
any single moment.
In one second we could travel great distances, for at that point
distance would be revealed as an illusion. According to a prevalent
view, Time is the factor that keeps objects apart in space. With the
possibility of moving from place to place in what is called "Zero
Time", then both places exist in the same place according to our
perception. By speeding up the geometric of time we are able to
bring distant objects closer together. This is the secret of
extra-terrestrial spacecraft; they travel by altering the space
dimension by bringing time to zero.
Einstein believed that physical matter was nothing more than a
concentrated field of force. What we see visually as a physical
substance is in actuality a combination (or four-dimensional matrix)
of frequencies. Different frequencies combine in different ways thus
creating different physical masses.
These masses seem solid to us
because we are also
made up of similar wave-forms which vibrate within a defined
band-width, and this band-width makes up the limited perspective of
our visual, physical world.
Position A: Theoretical experimental site in the vicinity of the
Philadelphia College of Science.
Position B: Theoretical experimental site in the vicinity of Penn's
Latitude A — B= 143795.77 seconds of arc north. The speed of light
harmonic at the earth's surface.
In the famous equation E = MC2, M, the value for mass, can be
replaced by a value representing a specific waveform. According to
Bruce Cathie's mathematics of the world grid, the substituted term
is a function of the velocity of Light.
Cathie grid M=C+√(1/C)
Therefore E=(C+√(1/C)) C2
→ (Harmonic equation 1)
Within this unified field equation, expressed in terms of pure
electromagnetic energy, lies the key to the universe: the whole of
existence, the seen and unseen, forms, solids, liquids and gases,
the stars and the blackness of space itself. All is perceived 'to
consist of visible and invisible waves of light. All of creation is
The earth is simply a huge magnet wound with magnetic lines of
force. The coils are 1,725 cm2 in one direction and 1,850 cm2 in the
other. These lines of force form a grid pattern due to the spin of
our planet. At any given point there are a trillion lines of force
crossing and creating small vortices. Each vortex manifests as an
atomic structure and creates within itself a gravitational field.
The gravitational field is nothing more than the effect of relative
motion in space. Matter is drawn towards a gravitational field, just
as a piece of wood is drawn into a whirlpool. The gravitational
fields created by the vortexual action of every atom combine to form
the complete field of our planet Earth. The lattice matrix of the
world grid is the natural grid formed by these interlocking lines of
(Editor's Note : Actually, the magnetic field density at the surface
of the Earth, in gauss, is approximately 0.5 lines per
The basic unit for harmonic calculation in relation to this grid is
the geodetic inch, or 0.172 minutes of arc, one minute of arc being
6,000 geodetic feet. By taking the values of 1,725 and 1,850 per cm2
and calculating the field strengths for one square geodetic inch,
the field density is found to be 8,326.71764 and 12,255.08864,
respectively. When the fields are in opposition, the combined field
density is 20,581.80628
for one square geodetic inch. The difference in field strengths is
calculated to be 12,255.08864 minus 83,26.71764 which equals
3,928.371. From this we can say that the resultant field density one
way is field A minus field B or 3,928.371 lines of force per cm2.
This value is the reciprocal of 1/2 the distance of the polar grid
THE PANTAGRAPH, Thursday, Aug. 21, 1986 A5
We can now formulate another equation in order to demonstrate the
association of the Earth's magnetic field with the speed of light.
Please note that 144,000 is a speed of light harmonic value in free
space. The figure of 143,900 minutes of arc grid per second will be
The reduction in the speed of light is equal in harmonic terms to
the resultant field strength divided by the radius of the spherical
mass. In this case the radius is equivalent to the distance in
minutes of arc, from the Earth's center to the average height of the
atmosphere (432 being a harmonic of 4,320 minutes of arc).
We can now generate another equation by inserting the value for the
speed of light at the Earth's surface. By mathematical conversion
this was found to be 143,795.77 minutes of arc per grid second,
where one grid second was 1/972,000 part of the time taken for one
revolution of the Earth.
Now, let's surmise that as the harmonic of light decreases, the
energy which is being released converts its form into physical
matter. You wouldn't think that the universe would leave to chance
the physical stuff we call reality.
once said, "God does not play dice with the
universe!"---invisible ships, disappearing men, reality,
Bruce Cathie has spent considerable time studying the
latitudes and longitudes of the Philadelphia and Norfolk Navy Yards
in a search for the two points that were harmonically correct for
the movement across space-time.
The latitude of the Philadelphia Naval Base, namely, 39° 56' 35.77"
North, set up a prime harmonic of the speed of light, which was
143,795.77 seconds of arc. It is an interesting coincidence that the
College of Science was established at this latitude. This latitude
is equivalent to 143,795.77 seconds of arc North. The latitude in
the Norfolk area is 36° 55' 08" North.
Distance from the North Pole = 53.080935 degrees
Distance from the equator= 36.919065 degrees
Difference = 16.1618 / 60 = 0.2693645 harmonic
The longitude of the Philadelphia site is 75° 08' 55.8" West
The longitude of the Norfolk site is 76° 19' 45.0" West
The direct great circle track between the two sites is 189.7366596
minutes of arc, which is equivalent to 3.16227766 degrees. The
circular area swept out by a wave of this radius would harmonically
be equal to n.
The latitudinal displacement is 181.452266 minutes of arc. The
square root of this number equals 13.47042, which is a harmonic of
the electron spacing in the atomic nucleus.
The longitudinal spacing would equal 1.1803288 degrees. The
reciprocal of this number is 0.8472215; when doubled this number
yields the 1.694443 harmonic.
Another interesting coincidence exists here. Line B-C in the diagram
is very close to and parallel with grid line #18 on the
Becker-Hagens world grid system (See their chapter "The Planetary
Grid: A New Synthesis," above). This line connects the Philadelphia
docks and the Norfolk docks with the Bermuda Triangle. Could it be
that the vessel in its dematerialized state was actually on this
grid line? Could it be that the energy that makes all this possible
is a magnetic field transmitted at the correct frequency by the
powerful field generators aboard the ship?
Maybe it is true that the Navy scientists didn't expect what
resulted from their unique experiment; maybe, in fact, the results
were terribly counter to the desired effects. If indeed the goal had
been just to make the ships invisible to radar (similar to modern
day Stealth systems), or to magnetically repel torpedoes, perhaps
instead the Navy found something of much greater import than anyone
had ever imagined.
It seems to me that the experiment was just that—an experiment. We
will never know what the true purpose of this experiment was. The
purpose of the last experiment in the series was most likely the
actual transport of the ship, a possibility the Navy might have
learned of through earlier tests. But originally they were looking
for radar invisibility or a magnetic torpedo/mine shield.
was going to be won on the sea and thus the opportunistic Navy
exploited Einstein's misgivings about the rise of Nazi Germany to
persuade him to assist the U.S. government in developing a passive
protection device. In the process they found incredible mysteries
regarding pulsating magnetic fields, and through the course of their
experimentations, literally led themselves into matter
transport. Perhaps the most incredible coincidence is that the
presumed matter transport apparently happened along a world grid
I can hear it now: "Philadelphia—Norfolk physical matter transport
now leaving on grid line #18 at 1400 Greenwich Mean Time. Visitors
please board the vehicle at this time." The answers to the many
puzzles of the Philadelphia Experiment will some day be known. Or
perhaps they are already known by a few. Anyway the mystique
The following article appeared in The Pantagraph on August
21, 1986, published in Bloomington - Normal, Illinois.
(Editor's Note: The Philadelphia Experiment has been a mystery for
many years. We welcome the reader's comments on this subject and any
new facts or speculations they might have so that this continuing
enigma can finally be solved.)
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