Loch Ness Monster: The unsolved mysteries of collisions with Nessie on the Loch

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on January 26th, 2015

Scotland Now reporter Noel Young looks at two boat collisions on Loch Ness over the years which could solve the mystery of Nessie.

THE Loch Ness Monster Nessie is in the news again but for all the reports of sightings down the years – more than 1000 by the late 1930s – no-one has ever come forward with what might be the most conclusive evidence of all: proof of not one but TWO collisions on the loch.

In one a Royal Navy patrol boat was badly damaged. When the skipper Lieut Commander Russell Flint reported the accident to the Admiralty, they didn’t believe him.

In the second incident, retired truck driver Stanley Roberts has revealed that a holiday cruiser, he owned was immobilised in a tragic collision on the loch near Urqhuart Castle.

An elderly man aboard the cruiser suffered a heart attack and died following the incident around 1978, says Mr Roberts, from Lancashire who had rented the boat to the man’s family.

Four bolts were stripped from the propshaft and the propeller was damaged after the boat was pulled from the water at Fort Augustus.

Boatyard workers who then examined the cruiser “found flesh and black skin an inch thick along the propshaft”, said Roberts, of St Helens, Lancashire, telling what had happened when he got a phone call from the boatyard telling him there had been an accident.

He said, “The workers chiseled the flesh away and threw it into the Caledonian Canal. I said you stupid b—–s. It would have proved that Nessie was here.”

Stan, now 85, is in no doubt that the monster was most likely involved in a drama involving his cruiser. A family renting it collided with an unknown object near Urquhart Castle.

“The propeller stopped turning. The family were very alarmed”, said Stan. “The old man had a heart attack and seemed to have died. There was no radio on board so they let off distress flares to get a tow back to Fort Augustus. The grandfather was taken by ambulance to hospital where he was found to be dead.”

The rental managers phoned Stan at his home in St Helens to tell him what had happened. “They simply told me there had been an accident. It was only later that I learned more – what had been found on the underside of the boat when they pulled it out of the water.”

Told of the boat drama, Adrian Shine, of the Loch Ness project, said it was “very frustrating”. With modern DNA techniques we could have learned a lot about exactly what had caused the damage.”

Stan kept the cruiser on the loch for two years. His reason for being convinced that Nessie was involved was partly an earlier encounter he had himself.

“I had just bought the boat and my family were up at Fort Augustus for a two-week trial run. The water was rough but the boat handled really well. That night I couldn’t sleep so around 5am I got up to stretch my legs.

“The water was dull silver, flat as a mirror. I looked down the loch towards Foyers and I saw a black dot which I thought might have been a local fisherman. The dot continued to grow taller as it came towards where we were moored .

“Then I thought to myself, ‘There’s no outboard motor!” It was then I realised its head and neck were like polished black leather.

“It gently lowered its head – and not a splash. It was so beautiful, you wouldn’t believe it. It was like a nuclear sub going down. The bow wave traveling across the loch, bounced my boat like a cork. My wife was awakened by the commotion. And she told me off for rocking the boat.

The Mail passed Stan’s detailed letter to Professor Henry Bauer, dean emeritus of Virginia Tech University and author of a highly regarded book on the monster, The Enigma of Loch Ness.

Professor Bauer said there had been a previous instance of a collision with an object believed to be the monster in 1943, also largely ignored at the time.

Read the rest of the story here.

About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.


One Response to “Loch Ness Monster: The unsolved mysteries of collisions with Nessie on the Loch”

  1. dconstrukt responds:

    hmm… thats really interesting.

    cool story.

    would have never thought of that angle…

    would make sense though, right?

    random boat hits this thing under the water…




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