On October 28, 1943, in the midst of World War II, the greatest military secret of all time was developed in Philadelphia’s shipyards: a warship became invisible to radar and human sight and appeared hundreds of miles away. Or at least many people firmly believe it, and some even say they have proof of it. Did the Philadelphia Experiment really happen or is it all part of conspiracy theories? Join me to find out!
Morris K. Jessup and the beginning of the mystery
It all started with Morris K. Jessup, researcher, astronomer and author of several books mainly related to UFOs and the technologies that these flying objects could use to travel great distances around the universe. In 1955 he published “The Case for the UFO”, the astronomer’s most famous book, which attracted the attention of a very particular public, among them, Carlos Miguel Allende.
Carl M. Allen, as this man called himself, sent a series of letters to Jessup, in which he related how he had witnessed one of the best hidden military experiments conducted by the government of the United States of America: The Philadelphia Experiment.
Allende says that in 1943, in the middle of World War II, the US government was looking for a way to be one step ahead of the Germans and their high-tech submarines: they wanted to make the USS Eldridge−a warship of more than 90 meters and the protagonist of all the mystery−invisible on radar.
The experiment that went wrong
It is said they were using cutting edge technology recently mounted on the ship, and the experiment was based on renowned theories proposed by Nikola Tesla and Albert Einstein himself, therefore they managed not only to make the ship invisible to radar, but also to the human eye. But it was not the end of it… the ship didn’t just become invisible.
The thing is, Allende, says he got to know the experiment because he saw the USS Eldridge appear in front of his eyes, (he was aboard another ship, the SS Andrew Furuseth) 200 miles north of Philadelphia, in Norfolk, Virginia, minutes before the newly appeared warship disappeared again.
After this, the story becomes even more disturbing: Carl M. Allend tells that the ship not only disappeared and appeared again in Philadelphia, but also when government agents searched the USS Eldridge, they noticed that a large part of the crew had disappeared, another part was in a deplorable state of mind, one group was missing body parts and the rest was in the worst state of all: they had merged with the ship.
The fate of the USS Eldridge and the mystery around it
The warship was moved years later to Greece under the name of Leon (D-54) and remained there until it was dismantled and sold for scrap in 1991. It is said that one of the sailors who were part of the crew during the Philadelphia Experiment got into a fight in a bar, before dematerializing and disappearing from everyone’s sight. And finally, researcher Morris K. Jessup was found lifeless in his own vehicle, in an apparent carbon monoxide suicide.
Did everything Carlos Miguel Allende said in his letters really happen to the USS Eldridge? Did Morris K. Jessup commit suicide? Did the Philadelphia Experiment happen? Unfortunately, no one knows the exact answers to these questions, but if it were indeed a conspiracy theory, does not every conspiracy theory has its roots in a strongly hidden little piece of truth?