What are the chances of this ever happening? The ocean is a BIG place. What do you think the odds are of your boat being in the same place as a falling meteorite? Even luckier, being slightly to the side of the falling meteorite and not directly in its path.
Apparently, on the morning of March 4th 1908, the Dutch steamer Ocean was nearly swamped by huge waves caused by a meteorite falling into the sea nearby.
There is no actual statement in this article telling us who it was on the boat that saw the meteorite falling though.
All that is said is that there were huge waves nearly swamping their boat, and that once Captain Benkert and his crew ventured on deck they found it covered with brown powder that fell from the sky.
Was there really a meteorite, or was it just a big bang followed by huge waves?
So many questions! How did they know it was ‘many tons’? It was just swallowed up by the sea! Meteorites travel at quite a pace, I don’t think you would get a good enough look at it to be able to judge weights, do you? I think there would be more screaming and ducking than fact gathering.
Could it have been some sort of underwater eruption? Not sure about the brown powder though? Any suggestions?