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The Invisible Ship Experiment

The Philadelphia Experiment (the Invisible Ship Experiment)
by Alex Saunders
for Search Magazine (September 8, 1989)


During the Second World War, all participant countries were looking for a way to end hostilities quickly, no matter how fantastic the manner. If some unorthodox or revolutionary invention could do the trick, all the better, as long as the war terminated triumphantly for them.

The U.S. Navy, for one, seemed obsessed with the idea of the perfect camouflage – the ultimate secret weapon – INVISIBILITY. If only one of their warships could be made invisible, think of the havoc it could cause the enemy. Havoc that could conceivably bring the bitter and long-enduring war to an end.

On October 28, 1943, an experiment was conducted at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. This event, appropriately enough, became known as “The Philadelphia Experiment”.

A Navy escort destroyer named the DE 173 (better known as the U.S.S. Eldridge), with hundreds of tons of electronic equipment aboard, lay in its dock. Scientists on shore started the experiment which involved Dr. Albert Einstein’s “Unified Field Theory”, a completed version appearing in the period 1925-27. “Withdrawn” as incomplete, the revised theory returned in 1940. The result of the experiment was brain-rattling!

The ship faded rapidly from sight in a foggy, green mist – and COMPLETELY VANISHED! Speechless amazement struck the wide-eyed scientists ashore.

Then, after a few minutes (another account makes that “seconds”), the ship reappeared where it had formerly been, to its Philadelphia dock, and regained its visibility! But that was not all. Something equally stunning was discovered to have happened during its vanishment.

During that period of a few minutes (or seconds) the ship had shown up at its other Norfolk Navy Yard dock in Virginia! So, not only had it successfully become invisible, but it had also been TELEPORTED!

With the ship’s disappearance, so had everything aboard disappeared. EVERYTHING! The many hundreds of tons of scientific equipment, furniture, food, etc. – and ALL PERSONNEL SUCH AS SAILORS AND OFFICERS!


More than half of them went insane due to the effects of pulsating energy fields and were quietly confined to mental institutions. Our report has it that “they were kept at Bethesda Naval Hospital out of communication with everybody for the duration of the war.”

Then there were those who, discharged as mentally unfit for further service, were pensioned off and sworn to secrecy. Several died. Others recovered, but at what a price!

Never were they to regain their former normalcy. True, the invisibility experiment fo the Navy ship was a total success, but to the men aboard, severe after-effects both physical and mental made it a real disaster.

Some saw double, became invisible, laughed and staggered drunkenly, fainted, caught on fire to burn for days on end, walked through solid walls, disappeared temporarily and permanently, and worse. Worse a thousandfold because they could either “Go Blank” or “Get Stuck”. The former, a not-too-unpleasant after effect due to being too long insided the force-field, caused invisibility. To “Get Stuck” was a side effect that kept the unfortunate from moving on his own volition, a truly Hell-on-Earth experience.

He would remain transfixed unless two or more of the others withing the fields quickly touched him. If not, he would lapse into “Deep Freeze”, which was definitely NOT psychological.

Now his position must be marked out carefully with the force-field cutoff. Unable to move, and unaware of time as we know it, his “unfreezing” could occur in an hour or so only if another fellow- sufferer approached him and touched his face or bare skin. Or it could take twenty-four hours. In one case it took SIX MONTHS!

To do the job of “unfreezing” required the construction of highly complicated equipment. But should he be “frozen” for more than a day, he would usually go mad – “stark raving, gibbering, running mad!”

If, within the vicinity of the Philadelphia Navy Yard a group of sailors were seen to be putting their hands on another sailor, or upon “thin air”, an enlightened observer would know what was going on.

Quoting from Moore’s book, page 130 :

“The experiment…had been accomplished by using naval-type magnetic generators, known as DEGAUSSERS, which were ‘pulsed’ at resonant frequencies so as to ‘create a tremendous magnetic field on and around a docked vessel.'”

Predictably, the Office of the Naval Information has consistently denied the force-field experiment based on Einstein’s Unified Field Theory, and will send standard form letters of denial, curtly worded, to anyone requesting information.

Despite this, succeeding issues of the November, 1967 issue of SAGA magazine contained letters stoutly affirming the secret U.S. experiment.

Some were written by sailors and officers who claimed to have actually been aboard the U.S.S. Eldridge during that time in October, 1943. Another claimant was the mother of a crew member who was put in an insane asylum as a result, and who remains there still. And so on.


When the experimental Navy ship was invisibly teleported from Philadelphia to Norfolk, the period of time that transpired was, let us say, minutes-long, though as stated previously, some accounts declare it was done within seconds.

Question: Where did the vessel vanish INTO before its visible reappearance in Virginia?

Another dimension would be the most logical answer, and one that was obviously LIVEABLE. It had to be liveable for the simple reason that all the men aboard returned once more to the ship’s original berth in Philadelphia, not dead (as a poisonous atmosphere would have positively left them), but very much alive.

We come now to two other great mysteries, UFOs and…..Well, first, I would ask the reader of this article to take a paper map of the world.
Spread it on a flat surface. After drawing a line from Miami, Florida, to Puerto Rica, draw another line to Bermude and back again to Miami.

What you will now have is a vast, watery triangle of the famous “Bermude Triangle” wherein ships and planes (along with all those aboard) have inexplicably disappeared. And it may very well be that there is a definite connection between the three – the Philadelphia Experiment project, UFO’s and the Bermuda Triangle.

Furthermore, as the ships in the Bermuda Triangle disappeared, survivors and witnesses have reported a related sight. The ships were ENCIRCLED BY A CLOUD-LIKE MIST, GREEN IN COLOR – PRECISELY the way the U.S.S. Eldridge was alleged to have vanished!

Does this then mean that the “place” into which the above disappeared is the very same “place” where ships and planes of the Bermuda Triangle disappeared? That is, through “doorways” into another dimensional world in time and space?

Entering such a habitat was the hair-raising claim made by some of the crew of the U.S.S. Eldridge on their return from being teleported. Not only that, but they swore that while there they had SEEN, and TALKED, to ALIENS!

From Moore’s book, page 68, are these chilling words:

“Presumably, if a vessel could be projected into another space or energy continuum through mistake or design, it might also be possible that its occupants could encounter entities on the other side of the curtain of invisibility, shrouding contiguous but nontangent worlds. It is intriguing to concieve the possibility that an experiment sponsored by the U.S. Navy may have accidentally managed to pass through a doorway into another world more than thirty-five years ago and that the experiment and the results have been kept a closely guarded secret ever since.”

So, can this other “place” be the home, or origin, of the elusive UFO’s?

For these vari-shaped craft have been observed in the skies of the Bermuda Triangle, not a few times, but many, many times. THE PHILADELPHIA EXPERIMENT is not without discrepancies. Make no mistake about that. More than one are to be found, but with a subject as explosively stunning and momentous as the one in William L. Moore’s book, this is to be expected. Take these examples:

Regarding the time period of the U.S.S. Eldridge’s teleportation, some reports say it was a matter of SECONDS (see pages 24, 128 and 249), while other reports claim it was measured in MINUTES (see pages 47, 89, 110 and 135).

Some reports claim the October 28, 1943 experiment occurred while the ship was docked in Philadelphia (see pages 130 and 131). Other reports statethe experiment was conducted AWAY from the dock, out at sea (se pages 110 and 143).

To add to the confusion comes a claim that there was more than one experiment, with one taking place at dockside, the other at sea (see page 250).

The copy of the Navy’s form letter of denial is odd in that it contains errors in spelling and grammar (see pages 134, 135 and 136). This from the powerful and literate U.S. government! Surely a top government agency does not issue sloppily composed forms? Also, in it is the statement that Einstein never completed his Unified Field Theory. Yet elsewhere in the book mention is made that the theory was finally revised and completed (see page 150).

The claim is made (see page 56) that “some few people can somehow tell you a man’s name and his home address UNDER HYPNOSIS EVEN THOUGH NEVER HAVING EVER MET OR SEEN THIS PERSON” is just too incredible to believe.

So much of men’s existence depends on his ability to recollect and recognize past experiences. He cannot make it through a day without this basic ability. Consequently, how could a person give an individual’s name, address, etc. when that person has never met the individual before?

In spite of the foregoing discrepancies – and there are more – I would urge the very sober reading of William L. Moore’s electrifying book, THE PHILADELPHIA EXPERIMENT, which contains much more than my brief outline has indicated. Richly detailed and including many impressive photographs, I believe it is of paramount importance and should never – NEVER! – be ignored.

“THE PHILADELPHIA EXPERIMENT” by Bill Moore – Published by Fawcett Crest

VANGARD comments…

Peter Kelly has an interesting theory which states that the magnetic field is gives matter its form while the electric field contains the information which determines the characteristics of the mass. Peter says that the magnetic field can be suppressed to allow access to the electric field. When this occurs, the electric field can be “re- programmed” for the desired characteristics you would like the mass to exhibit. The magnetic field is then increased while the “charactered electrical field is maintained”. This then brings about transmutation.

We of VANGARD have had many interesting discussions with our own group as well as with researchers, writers and others interested in such topics.

If the magnetic field is intensified while being pulsed at the natural resonant field of a mass, it would act like a ballon filled with water.

As the balloon was squeezed, the particles which make up the mass would be pushed out, through a tube (4th dimension?) to a point in the past where the mass had been. At that point, another balloon which represents the “phantom” of the ship when it was there, would be “re- filled” to allow the mass to teleport to a previous location.

Now, if the crew on the mass being teleported were to panic, a sudden removal of the power BEFORE THE TELEPORTATION was complete would result in the balloons surging from one to another until equilibrium was restored.

This would in turn, cause radical changes in all structures involved in the process, especially living systems, refer to HOMEOPA1, DNAMAST1 and DNAMAST2 on the KeelyNet BBS for further information as the ability of cells and mass to “record” patterns in which they occur.

Placed in the public domain from the VANGARD SCIENCES archives on September 8, 1989

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