I looked up the ship's log at the National Archives [...] I found the following entry
(EVEN MORE REMARKABLE)"At 6:10 three large bodies appeared in the sky traveling from NW(1/2)W. The largest one egg or pear shaped, with sharp point and ragged edge to full body aft. In size it appeared to be six times the size of the sun. The next one was round and about twice the size of the sun. The third one was round and about the size of the sun. They were in echleon (sic) when first seen and were below the clouds and traveling fast and rising to directly overhead. They were a dull red in color, and were in sight about three minutes. The largest body would about cover all of them. When first seen, were like an airship."