Philadelphia Experiment, A conspiracy theory that is widely considered a hoax. In 1955 with a letter from a person named Carlos Allende the story of the Philadelphia experiment appeared in. In his letter, Allende said that he was on board the U.S. Naval force transport the USS Furuseth when he saw the USS Eldridge vanished and returned directly before his eyes, he called this the Philadelphia Experiment. He additionally said this was proof that Albert Einstein had understood the bound together field hypothesis and that the U.S. government was subtly utilizing this information to explore different avenues regarding Teleportation and Intangibility. Learn more –
Philadelphia Experiment background
The Philadelphia Experiment is the name that has normally been given to a supposed Top-Secret analysis/experiment directed by the United States Navy in 1943 in which the Destroyer Escort USS Eldridge, equipped with a few tons of particular gadgets hardware 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 Philadelphia Experiment is a supposed military examination expected to have been completed by the U.S. Naval force at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at some point around October 28, 1943. But the United States government throughout the previous years has formally denied that this examination at any point occurred.
Challenging this statement, As Incident left many unanswered questions behind:
- What caused the death of some of the crew members aboard ship in a safe and secure harbor?
- For what reason was the rest of the team released as medicinally unfit?
- On the off chance that one reason that the Philadelphia Experiment did truly happen, at that point was the less than ideal passing of an autonomous analyst exploring the supposed trial truly suicide?
- How could the Navy perhaps achieve such an incredible test?
- Regardless, the story starts with Morris Ketchum Jessup, a stargazing and arithmetic Professor at the University of Michigan.
The Philadelphia Experiment story previously showed up in 1955, in letters of obscure beginning sent to a space expert and essayist, Morris K. Jessup by Carlos Allende. This story is widely understood to be a hoax, but the US Naval force keeps up that no such trial was ever led, and says that the details of the story contradict well-established facts about USS Eldridge, and that alleged claims do not comply to known physical laws.
“In his letter, Allende said that he was on board the U.S. Naval force transport the USS Furuseth when he saw the USS Eldridge vanish and return directly before his eyes, he called this the Philadelphia Experiment. He additionally said this was proof that Albert Einstein had understood the bound together field hypothesis and that the U.S. government was subtly utilizing this information to explore different avenues regarding Teleportation and Intangibility.” Learn more about the letters of Carlos Miguel Allende.
Beginning of the theory
Letters from Carlos Miguel Allende to Morris K. Jessup
The theory of Philadelphia experiment appeared in 1955 when stargazer and UFO analyst and the writer of the book “The Case for the UFO” Morris K. Jessup, got two letters from Carlos Miguel Allende (who likewise distinguished himself as “Carl M. Allen” in another correspondence) who professed to have seen a mystery World War II experiment at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Allende also professed that the destroyer escort USS Eldridge was rendered invisible, transported in a matter of moments from the Philadelphia Navy Yard to the Norfolk Docks and back again, teleported to another dimension, and teleported through time, resulting in the deaths of several sailors, some of whom were fused with the ship’s hull.
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 busy with his agents in New York to run the publicity circuit and to get a new book out. But all he wanted was to make some cash and get back to his research. It would have been easy to just forget the whole Allende matter, but Jessup sent him a postcard asking for more details and five months later he received a new letter with the same information, Allende’s claims were mind-bending, but as Allende never provided new information, Jessup dismissed Allende as a crazy or foolish person.
In early 1956 a copy of Jessup’s book “The Case for the UFO” arrived at the Office of Naval Research (ONR). Washington, D.C. However, this was not an ordinary copy as it had been sent to Admiral N. Furth in a manila envelope and it had been marked “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 written with three different shades of pink ink, appearing to detail a correspondence among three individuals, only one of whom is given a name: “Jemi.” The ONR labeled the other two “Mr. A.” and “Mr. B.”.
The comments suggested a knowledge of UFOs, their method of propulsion, and the origin and background of the beings operating them. And the annotators referred to each other as “Gypsies” and discussed two different types of “people” living in outer space. Their text contained non-standard use of capitalization and punctuation and detailed a lengthy discussion of the merits of various elements of Jessup’s assumptions in the book. There were oblique references to the Philadelphia Experiment (one example is that “Mr. B.” reassures his fellow annotators who have highlighted a certain theory which Jessup advanced).
The book at that time fell into the possession of Major Darrell L. Ritter (USMC. Aeronautical Project Officer at ONR) who took a great interest in these comments. 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 fascinating. There were explanations for mysterious ship and plane disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle.
The book also included 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.
After reading, Major Ritter passed the book to two other ONR officers, Commander George W. Hoover (Special Projects Officer) and Captain Sidney Sherby. Both officers were intimately involved in the Navy’s Project Vanguard, the code name for the U.S. effort to develop the first artificial earth satellite. It was the spring of 1957 and 18 months had passed since the book had first arrived at the ONR.
After reviewing the book and the mysterious comments within it, Commander Hoover and Captain Sherby invited Jessup to ONR to discuss his book. As Jessup read the annotated book he reportedly became more and more distressed because the comments referred to subjects are different from 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 by thinking that, why the United States government was so interested in the scribbling 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. Based on the handwriting style and subject matter, Jessup concluded a large part of the writing was Allende’s, and others have the same conclusion, that the three styles of annotations are from the same person using three pens.
Jessup then shared his discovery with the Naval Officers and asked if the ONR 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 ONR concerning this matter.
Jessup’s car accident and mysterious death
Soon after these meetings with ONR officers, a car accident happened with Jessup. At the same time, he was also experiencing marital difficulties and because of this, he seemed quite disturbed by the Navy experience and after receiving the promised copies of his own book for which he spent considerable time adding his own comments. During these days, Hoover and Sherby make many attempts to find the elusive Allende (Carl Allen) but never succeeded. Jessup was still confused as, why the Navy was so interested in this matter? but by taking this thought in mind he 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 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 (SITU). 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 safekeeping—”In case of 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 30, 1959, two years after meeting with the ONR, 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’s death mystery
Jessup had killed himself or he had been killed or someone forced him to commit suicide, it’s still not clear? Jessup’s death has been the subject of substantial speculation. Some of his friends have said that Jessup was not the type of person who would 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 handwriting or not.
The truth about Morris K. Jessup death, will probably never be known, placing him in that same murder mystery 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.
Views of Dr. J. Manson Valentine a friend of Jessup
A friend of Jessup, Dr. J. Manson Valentine( an oceanographer, archaeologist, and zoologist) Said, “Jessup was very upset during the last months of his life and was reaching out more than ever to talk with me or someone who can understand his feelings. It was during these last months that Jessup shared his innermost feelings about the Philadelphia Experiment with me”. 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 visited.
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.
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 accident.
Involvement of Albert Einstein
The Philadelphia Experiment is weird because it forces our sense of what we think exists in a particular space and time. And when we speak of space and time, we invariably think of Albert Einstein. Jessup believed Einstein’s theories held the key to UFO propulsion; after all, Carl Allen(the sender of two letters) had confirmed that it not only was the key but full-scale research and experimentation of Einstein’s mysterious mathematical concepts were already a reality.
On researching Naval employment records we found that Albert Einstein was hired as a Scientist for the Office of Naval Research (ONR) on May 31, 1943, where he served until June 30, 1944. Further records say, on July 24, 1943, Einstein met with Naval Officers in his Princeton study, just three months prior to the Philadelphia Experiment.
Explanation of Philadelphia Experiment according to Science
According to Valentine’s views on Jessup‘s explanation, 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 the 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 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 traveling along a wire to create an 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.
Einstein’s theory says that time is a geometric concept; therefore, if this could be altered, then all of the universes would become available to us at any single moment. So one method 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. And the 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.
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 geometry 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 bandwidth, and this bandwidth makes up the limited perspective of our visual, physical world.
Later work, research, and evidence
- In 1963 Vincent Hayes Gaddis (an American author who invented the phrase “Bermuda Triangle”) published a book of Forteana(An anomalous phenomenon), titled Invisible Horizons: True Mysteries of the Sea. In it, he recounted the story of the experiment from the Varo annotations.
- In 1978 George E. Simpson and Neal R. Burger published a novel titled Thin Air. In that novel, a Naval Investigative Service officer investigates several threads linking wartime invisibility experiments to a conspiracy involving matter transmission technology.
- In 1979 Large-scale popularization of the story came about, when the author Charles Berlitz, who had written a best selling book on the Bermuda Triangle, and his co-author, ufologist William L. Moore, published The Philadelphia Experiment: Project Invisibility, which purported to be a factual account. The book expanded on stories of bizarre happenings lost unified field theories by Albert Einstein, and government coverups, all based on the Allende/Allen letters to Jessup.
- Moore and Berlitz devoted one of the last chapters in The Philadelphia Experiment: Project Invisibility to “The Force Fields Of Townsend Brown,” namely the experimenter and then-U.S. Navy technician Thomas Townsend Brown. Paul LaViolette’s 2008 book Secrets of Antigravity Propulsion also recounts some mysterious involvement of Townsend Brown.
- This story was also adapted into a 1984 time travel film and the name of the film is also The Philadelphia Experiment, directed by Stewart Raffill. Though only loosely based on the prior accounts of the “Experiment”, it served to dramatize the core elements of the original story. In 1990, Alfred Bielek, a self-proclaimed former crew-member of USS Eldridge and an alleged participant in the Experiment, supported the version as it was portrayed in the film. He added details of his claims through the Internet, some of which were picked up by mainstream news outlets.
According to writer, historian, and researchers
Mike Dash (a Welsh writer, historian, and researcher) notes that many authors who publicized the “Philadelphia Experiment” story after that of Jessup appeared to have conducted little or no research of their own. During the late 1970s, for example, Allende/Allen was often described as mysterious and difficult to locate, but Robert Goerman(a writer) determined Allende/Allen’s identity after only a few telephone calls. Others speculate that much of the key literature emphasizes dramatic enhancement rather than pertinent research. Berlitz’s and Moore’s account of the story (The Philadelphia Experiment: Project Invisibility) claimed to include factual information, such as transcripts of an interview with a scientist involved in the experiment, but their work has also been criticized for plagiarising key story elements from the novel Thin Air which was published a year earlier.
Observers have argued that it is inappropriate to grant credence to an unusual story promoted by one individual, in the absence of corroborating evidence. Robert Goerman, wrote in Fate magazine in 1980, that Carlos Allende/Carl Allen, who is said to have corresponded with Jessup, was Carl Meredith Allen of New Kensington, Pennsylvania, who had an established history of psychiatric illness, and who may have fabricated the primary history of the experiment as a result of his mental illness. Goerman later realized that Allen was a family friend and “a creative and imaginative loner … sending bizarre writings and claims.”
Some study says that the experiment was apparently based on an aspect of some unified field theory, a term coined by Albert Einstein to describe a class of potential theories which we discussed above, but such theories need to be described mathematically and physically, the interrelated nature of the forces of electromagnetism and gravity, in other words, uniting their respective fields into a single field.
According to some unspecified researchers, some version of this field would enable using large electrical generators to bend light around an object via refraction so that the object became completely invisible. The Navy regarded this of military value and it sponsored the experiment. Another unspecified version of the story proposes that researchers were preparing magnetic and gravitational measurements of the seafloor to detect anomalies, supposedly based on Einstein’s attempts to understand gravity. In this version, there were also related secret experiments in Nazi Germany to find anti-gravity, apparently led by SS-Obergruppenführer Hans Kammler.
Some theories also claim that the equipment was not properly re-calibrated, but that in spite of this, the experiment was repeated on October 28, 1943. This time, Eldridge not only became invisible, but it disappeared from the area in a flash of blue light and teleported to Norfolk, Virginia, over 200 miles (320 km) away. It is claimed that Eldridge sat for some time in view of men aboard the ship SS Andrew Furuseth, whereupon Eldridge vanished and then reappeared in Philadelphia at the site it had originally occupied. It was also said that the warship went approximately ten minutes back in time.
Some theories say, some witnesses reporting a “greenish fog” appearing in its place. Crew members complained of severe nausea afterward. Also, when the ship reappeared, some sailors were embedded in the metal structures of the ship, including one sailor who ended up on a deck level below that where he began and had his hand embedded in the steel hull of the ship, there is also a claim the experiment was altered after that point at the request of the Navy, limiting it to creating a stealth technology that would render USS Eldridge invisible to radar, but none of these allegations have been independently proved.
Many versions of this story include descriptions of serious side effects for the crew. Some crew members were said to have been physically fused to bulkheads while others suffered from mental disorders, some re-materialized inside out, and still, others vanished. It is also claimed that the ship’s crew may have been subjected to brainwashing, to maintain the secrecy of the experiment.
Jacques Vallée a researcher
Jacques Vallée a researcher, describes a procedure onboard USS Engstrom, which was docked alongside the Eldridge in 1943. The operation involved the generation of a powerful electromagnetic field on board the ship in order to demagnetize partly or degauss it, with the goal of rendering the ship undetectable or “invisible” to magnetically fused undersea mines and torpedoes. This system was invented by a Canadian, Charles F. Goodeve when he held the rank of commander in the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve, and the Royal Navy and other navies used it widely during World War II. British ships of that era often included such degaussing systems built into the upper decks (the conduits are still visible on the deck of HMS Belfast in London, for example). Degaussing is still used today. However, it has no effect on visible light or radar. Vallée speculates that accounts of USS Engstrom’s degaussing might have been garbled and confabulated in subsequent retellings and that these accounts may have influenced the story of “The Philadelphia Experiment.”
Vallée refers a veteran who served onboard USS Engstrom and who suggests it might have traveled from Philadelphia to Norfolk and back again in a single day at a time when merchant ships could not: by use of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal and Chesapeake Bay, which at the time was open only to naval vessels. Use of that channel was kept quiet: German submarines had ravaged shipping along the East Coast during Operation Drumbeat, and thus military ships unable to protect themselves were secretly moved via canals to avoid the threat. The same veteran claims to be the man that Allende witnessed “disappearing” at a bar. He claims that when the fight broke out, friendly barmaids whisked him out of the bar before the police arrived because he was underage for drinking. They then covered for him by claiming that he had disappeared.
Officers at the Fourth Naval District have suggested that the alleged event was a misunderstanding of routine research during World War II at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. An earlier theory was that “the foundation for the fabricated stories arose from degaussing experiments which have the effect of making a ship undetectable or ‘invisible’ to magnetic mines.” Another possible origin of the stories about levitation, teleportation, and effects on human crew might be attributed to experiments with the generating plant of the destroyer USS Timmerman (DD-828), whereby a higher-frequency generator produced corona discharges, although none of the crew reported suffering effects from the experiment.
The USS Eldridge was not commissioned until August 27, 1943, and it remained in port in New York City until September 1943. The October experiment allegedly took place while the ship was on its first shakedown cruise in The Bahamas, although proponents of the story claim that the ship’s logs might have been falsified or else still be classified. The Office of Naval Research (ONR) stated in September 1996, “ONR has never conducted investigations on radar invisibility, either in 1943 or at any other time.” Pointing out that the ONR was not established until 1946, it denounces the accounts of “The Philadelphia Experiment” as complete “science fiction.”
A reunion of Navy veterans who had served aboard USS Eldridge told a Philadelphia newspaper in April 1999 that their ship had never made port in Philadelphia. Further evidence discounting the Philadelphia Experiment timeline comes from USS Eldridge’s complete World War II action report, including the remarks section of the 1943 deck log, available on microfilm.
Although there is no reliable and strong evidence in most accounts of the supposed experiment, and none of the allegations, reports, and researches have been officially confirmed. Also, none of the shreds of evidence and theories have been proved mathematically and scientifically. So we can’t say whether the Philadelphia Experiment happened or not.
But 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 or if we solve Jessup’s death mystery.
Learn more about Philadelphia experiment
Learn more about the Philadelphia experiment – here are all the other information, PDFs, images, and letters of Carlos Miguel Allende to Morris K. Jessup.
- Historical Photos of Philadelphia experiment
- Reprinted version of the original letters of Carlos Miguel Allende to Morris K. Jessup.
- The Philadelphia Experiment from A–Z: A collection of images, articles, USS Eldridge’s Logs, original research, and timeline of events
- PDF version of “The Case for the Unidentified Flying Object” by Morris K. Jessup – 2003 transcription of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) annotated “Varo edition”, with three-color notes supposedly by Carlos Miguel Allende
- The Philadelphia Experiment by the Department of the Navy – Naval Historical Center
- The Varo Edition of The Case for the UFO All Information available, including original pages.
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