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Exploring The Philadelphia Experiment in Person

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During my trip to Philadelphia in May of this year, I decided to save the best exploration for last. Thankfully, the last day of the training that I was in Philadelphia for ended a half-day early, providing me with nearly a full day to explore the alleged site of the famous Philadelphia Experiment.

It would be irresponsible of me, as a journalist, to pretend that I believe the Philadelphia experiment actually took place. I don’t. However, I do believe that there was an experiment that took place – a grossly misunderstood experiment that evolved into the modern myth known as the Philadelphia Experiment.

The story originally came from an shady source that contacted Morris Jessup, following the publication of his book, “The Case for UFO’s”. A man named Carlos Miquel Allende told Jessup that he had personally witnessed the experiment, codenamed “Project Rainbow”, where the USS Eldridge was made invisible when it was teleported to and from Norfolk, Virginia.

As the story goes, following the experiment, a number of the sailors went mad, forcing the Navy to shelve the research until the technology – based on Einstein’s “Unified Field Theory” – was better understood.




The Philadelphia Experiment

Regardless what the Navy did at the shipyard from 1871 throughout the 1940s and beyond, the shipyard today feels like a desolate and haunted ghost town.

As I entered the area, I noticed an occasional group of very nice cars drive by – I could only assume to and from the Naval Sea Systems Command, which still operates on one part of the property.

Aside from the fact that NAVSEA consists of “command staff, headquarters directorates, affiliated Program Executive Offices (PEOs) and numerous field activities”, the area was shockingly void of security. I was able to walk all around the campus-like area, with barely a single police patrol driving by the entire three hours that I was there.

However, it became quite obvious to me that the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard doesn’t receive enough visitors to warrant tight security. Everywhere I turned, I spotted stunningly beautiful old buildings from the original shipyard. I kept snapping pictures of these deserted buildings and moving on.

The most amazing view of course, was that of the shipyard itself, the location where a ship just like these – the U.S.S. Eldridge – supposedly became “invisible” during a top secret experiment right at this location.

philadelphia experiment

Just walking through this quiet area and taking snapshots of the old landmarks throughout the property, it seemed pretty obvious that there were most likely a fair number of highly classified, secretive experiments that took place here. In fact, no one really says that there weren’t.

However, some Navy staff took an interest in the story and researched it deeply enough to uncover two different research projects going on at the time – during World War II – that could have explained how some observer that was not “in the know” could have gotten his story so mixed up.

One of those research projects involved experiments that the Navy was performing on ships using a technique called “degaussing”, which researchers hoped would make the ships “invisible” to magnetic mines. It is completely conceivable that someone only briefly involved in the project but not fully aware of the entire scope, or potentially someone overhearing researchers talking, heard the conversation about making ships “invisible” — and of course the rest was history.

It wouldn’t be the first time that a conversation taken out of context gave birth to a massive myth that never happened.

Another experiment that more closely resembles the sort of description that came from the mysterious Allende about the “Philadelphia Experiment” involved research conducted in the 1950s on the USS Timmerman.

In these experiments, engineers replaced the ship’s standard 400 Hz generator with a smaller, high-frequency 1000 Hz generator to test the effects. A higher frequency generator would have been a significant enough alteration to the ship’s propulsion system to produce some very noticeable effects, observable by anyone nearby while the experiment was taking place.

In this particular case, project documents show that the 1000 Hz generator ended up producing what the Navy describes as “corona discharges”. The Navy claimed in a 1996 release about the experiment, that “…none of the crew suffered effects from the experiment”.

the philadelphia experiment

I would imagine that the corona discharges would have been quite shocking to observe, considering the size and power of your standard Navy ship generator. If it did in fact produce Corona discharges while operating – even if the discharges were not observed, they probably would have been heard from some distance.

And if the experiment took place in the dark of night, you could just imagine what it must have looked like to see a Navy ship flashing and sparking in the darkness as it floated within the Shipyard. It is not at all inconceivable to consider the possibility that someone observed or learned about either of those experiments, and then drew conclusions about teleportation and ship invisibility.

The Philadelphia Navy Shipyard

Today, according to the NAVSEA website, there are 60,000 military and civilian personnel working on Navy ships and submarines at this location. That would probably explain why a police cruiser slowed down and observed me walking along with my camera at one point.

Thankfully, civilians are now allowed to explore the shipyard, so long as they remain in “unrestricted areas”.

The first old building you’ll come across as you leave the waterfront shipyard area and move into the base is an old brick dormitory that’s completely deserted these days, with all of the doors bolted and barricaded so that explorers of old buildings like yours truly can not get inside.

As I walked through the area slowly, there was certainly a sense – especially from the very old, historic buildings – that a great deal of amazing history took place at this location. In fact, the monument on the front lawn of the abandoned dormitory leaves no doubt of that.

It seemed like every block that I explored, I found myself stunned by another impressive, historic building. The Commandant’s House was certainly no exception. It’s nothing short of a sprawling 3-story mansion that still features a decorative ship anchor in the front.

The walkway from the front door meets the street at this fairly large monument – a somewhat vague WWII memorial. It reads:

IN MEMORIAM:
PHILADELPHIA NAVAL SHIPYARD
EMPLOYEES WHO GAVE THEIR
LIVES IN THE SERVICE OF
THEIR COUNTRY

documents philadelphia experiment

Etched at the very bottom of the monument are the words: “Dedicated by Shipyard Employees – 1947”

Simple and to the point. No names, no dates, no flowers – just a simple black memorial at the base of a massive flagpole.

As I continued exploring the shipyard, I kept coming across one amazing historic building after another. The contrast between the ornate original buildings with carved statues and beautiful brickwork, versus the utilitarian style of the WWII era was very clear.

documents philadelphia experiment

It actually became painful, as the afternoon went on, to capture these beautiful buildings in their current state of disrepair – antique windows battered and old bricks chipped and falling away from the harsh effects of the elements, and time.

documents philadelphia experiment

As the afternoon turned into early evening, I finally made it all the way down to the coast. There, I was greeted by the sound of power tools and heavy equipment, and the sight of a massive Navy ship under repair – or work. This was the restricted area, and the end of the line as far as this particular Top Secret Writers tour could go.

philadelphia experiment

The Navy Yard is 1,200 acres of beauty, mystery, history and an abandoned past. It is a lonely area at times, where you won’t see a soul cross your path for a good part of the day, but it’s also a place where you can imagine the bustle of activity and work during it’s hayday in the midst of World War II.

Was the Philadelphia Experiment a real event? Did the Navy succeed in totally or partially rendering a ship invisible – and even teleporting it? Probably not. Yes, I suppose the Navy was probably successful at eventually making a ship “invisible” — at least to underwater mines — but, this is another example of small glimpses of some truth that gets completely muddied and turned upside down by the passage of time, and by the retelling of the tale by generations of lunatics.

I do believe that amazing things happened here – maybe even highly classified and top secret things, but teleportation and invisibility? No…probably not.


References & Image Credits:
(1) DoD Info Sheet on the Philadelphia Experiment
(2) DoD FAQ on Philadelphia Experiment

Originally published on TopSecretWriters.com

  • Dr. Kliener

    It’s the Borealis !!

  • Cardillac

    for more info regarding the supposedly “bogus” Philadelphia experiment do read Dr. Joseph Farrell’s “Secrets of the Unified Field” just for starters- this incident actually happened but most “sheeple” flatly refuse to believe that this kind of technology (major grasp of very advanced physics) was already engineerable as far back as the 1940’s-
    both Tesla and Einstein were involved in this experiment-
    it was an experiment that went horribly wrong because the results were far greater than originally calculated and it turned into a nightmare because they got more than they barganed for-
    this is not science fiction- it actually happened- and forget Hollywood’s “version” of things (film: “The Philadelphia Experiment”)- Hollywood distorts absolutely everything but the historical facts behind a command of highly advanced physics long before WW2 has been documented

  • Guest

    In 1947,
    Chuck Yeager broke the Sound Barrier in the X-1.
    Within a year,they exceeded 1000mph.

    In 1947,
    John Cobb drove the Mobil Railton Special at the Bonneville Salt Flats to over 400mph….
    with engines built in the 1920’s-
    in a car that was built in the 1930’s,
    before WW2.

    Nobody exceeded his speed until 1962-
    when Craig Breedlove in The Spirit of America entered the scene.

    The Record for piston powered Wheel-Driven cars TODAY is less than 20mph more than Cobb’s best speed…
    65 years ago.

    To this day,
    only 12 wheel-driven cars have exceeded 400mph.

    They were doing more with less then…
    than we are today-
    do not underestimate their unbridled creativity!

    The Fastest Aircraft ever flown
    (publicly acknowledged)were,
    The SR-71&the X-15,
    were designed,built and first flown in the 1950’s.

    The pilots of the X-planes were the First Men in Space-
    they just didn’t ride INSIDE their rockets-
    they used them for engines in their planes,instead!

    So,
    they were perceived as pilots instead of Astronauts-
    but they were The First to cross
    The Threshold of Space.

    They were doing so much more back then than we give them credit for today.

    Maybe they DID do then…
    what we can only conceive of as fantasy today.

  • Guest

    In 1947,
    Chuck Yeager broke the Sound Barrier in the X-1.
    Within a year,they exceeded 1000mph.

    In 1947,
    John Cobb drove the Mobil Railton Special at the Bonneville Salt Flats to over 400mph….
    with engines built in the 1920’s-
    in a car that was built in the 1930’s,
    before WW2.

    Nobody exceeded his speed until 1962-
    when Craig Breedlove in The Spirit of America entered the scene.

    The Record for piston powered Wheel-Driven cars TODAY is less than 20mph more than Cobb’s best speed…
    65 years ago.

    To this day,
    only 12 wheel-driven cars have exceeded 400mph.

    They were doing more with less then…
    than we are today-
    do not underestimate their unbridled creativity!

    The Fastest Aircraft ever flown
    (publicly acknowledged)were,
    The SR-71&the X-15,
    were designed,built and first flown in the 1950’s.

    The pilots of the X-planes were the First Men in Space-
    they just didn’t ride INSIDE their rockets-
    they used them for engines in their planes,instead!

    So,
    they were perceived as pilots instead of Astronauts-
    but they were The First to cross
    The Threshold of Space.

    They were doing so much more back then than we give them credit for today.

    Maybe they DID do then…
    what we can only conceive of as fantasy today.

  • J.Griffin

    In 1947,
    Chuck Yeager broke the Sound Barrier in the X-1.
    Within a year,they exceeded 1000mph.

    In 1947,
    John Cobb drove the Mobil Railton Special at the Bonneville Salt Flats to over 400mph….
    with engines built in the 1920’s-
    in a car that was built in the 1930’s,
    before WW2.

    Nobody exceeded his speed until 1962-
    when Craig Breedlove in The Spirit of America entered the scene.

    The Record for piston powered Wheel-Driven cars TODAY is less than 20mph more than Cobb’s best speed…
    65 years ago.

    To this day,
    only 12 wheel-driven cars have exceeded 400mph.

    They were doing more with less then…
    than we are today-
    do not underestimate their unbridled creativity!

    The Fastest Aircraft ever flown
    (publicly acknowledged),
    The SR-71&the X-15,
    were designed,built and first flown in the 1950’s.

    The pilots of the X-planes were the First Men in Space-
    they were not acknowledged as Astronauts for a long time-
    long after public perception,recognition&memory had passed them by.
    So,
    they were perceived as pilots instead of Astronauts-
    but they were The First to cross
    The Threshold of Space.

    They were doing so much more back then than we give them credit for today.

    Maybe they DID do then…
    what we can only conceive of as fantasy today.

  • Maybe – but all of those accomplishments were achieved within the bounds of physics. The claim that the ship teleported does not take accepted physics of then or today into account.

  • J.Griffin

    Really?
    Just a few years before,
    physicists argued over whether it was possible to split the atom and then when it was about to be attempted,
    whether or not it would start a chain reaction and consume the earth.

    A few decades before that,
    it was “impossible” for man to fly.

    Before that,
    it was “impossible” for man to exceed 60mph because he would be unable to breathe.

    Such rules are made to be broken.

    Much of Tesla’s work&claims are STILL called impossible.

    Ever heard of quantum physics?

    Matter is ultimately only energy-
    how is it so hard to imagine modifying the frequency of that energy?

    To this day,
    there is only theories in conflict regarding the actual essence of magnetism&gravity….
    and NO ONE can say what holds all that energy inside EVERY atom.

    The unstable elements are the only ones we can readily crack open-
    they ALL have that power held within.

    Einstein’s THEORY is not chiseled in stone-
    the Definition of the Speed of Light itself has fluctuated slightly over the years-
    many computations are actually in conflict from different eras.

    Einstein could never fathom the Aether-
    many physicists were opposed to his views because of this.

    Now the Aether is out of vogue because of monkey see,monkey do politics in the realms of scientific tenure-
    but what if we just haven’t built the equipment necessary to perceive it?

    What if a more proper understanding of the Aether is the missing element after all?

    Then what?

    Will scientists recant their errors?

    I trow not.

    Most of science is actually only scientism-
    scientism claims that only scientific claims are valid.

    That claim is not scientific and hence-
    not valid.

    Therefore,
    scientism self-invalidates.

    Do you really think that we know enough or have proved ourselves worthy to define what is absolutely impossible?

    Look up Project Pluto and SLAM and tell me how wise “scientists” can be.

    If Eisenhower wouldn’t have pointed out that there was no way to stop it if it got out of control,
    they would have built it if they would have been allowed to.

    JUST ONE OF THOSE MISSILES WOULD HAVE HAD THE POWER TO DESTROY THE EARTH.

    Earlier,
    during WW2,
    they had the money,the power,the will and the mission to attempt the impossible.

    All earlier writers knew that they were ostensibly degaussing-
    and they knew the difference.

    Carlos Allende/Carl Allen&Morris K. Jessup were not the only ones involved in this story.

    There were others.

    You won’t see it on the Internet,
    but there were witnesses on a ship doing primitive high-power FM broadcats where she is said to have re-appeared at.

    That’s what drew her there-
    believe it or not.

    Anyway,
    assume nothing either way-
    it’s not scientific.

    Really?
    Just a few years before,
    physicists argued over whether it was possible to split the atom and then when it was about to be attempted,
    whether or not it would start a chain reaction and consume the earth.

    A few decades before that,
    it was “impossible” for man to fly.

    Before that,
    it was “impossible” for man to exceed 60mph because he would be unable to breathe.

    Such rules are made to be broken.

    Much of Tesla’s work&claims are STILL called impossible.

    Ever heard of quantum physics?

    Matter is ultimately only energy-
    how is it so hard to imagine modifying the frequency of that energy?

    To this day,
    there is only theories in conflict regarding the actual essence of magnetism&gravity….
    and NO ONE can say what holds all that energy inside EVERY atom.

    The unstable elements are the only ones we can readily crack open-
    they ALL have that power held within.

    Einstein’s THEORY is not chiseled in stone-
    the Definition of the Speed of Light itself has fluctuated slightly over the years-
    many computations are actually in conflict from different eras.

    Einstein could never fathom the Aether-
    many physicists were opposed to his views because of this.

    Now the Aether is out of vogue because of monkey see,monkey do politics in the realms of scientific tenure-
    but what if we just haven’t built the equipment necessary to perceive it?

    What if a more proper understanding of the Aether is the missing element after all?

    Then what?

    Will scientists recant their errors?

    I trow not.

    Most of science is actually only scientism-
    scientism claims that only scientific claims are valid.

    That claim is not scientific and hence-
    not valid.

    Therefore,
    scientism self-invalidates.

    Do you really think that we know enough or have proved ourselves worthy to define what is absolutely impossible?

    Look up Project Pluto and SLAM and tell me how wise “scientists” can be.

    If Eisenhower wouldn’t have pointed out that there was no way to stop it if it got out of control,
    they would have built it if they would have been allowed to.

    JUST ONE OF THOSE MISSILES WOULD HAVE HAD THE POWER TO DESTROY THE EARTH.

    Earlier,
    during WW2,
    they had the money,the power,the will and the mission to attempt the impossible.

    They all knew that they were ostensibly degaussing-
    and they knew the difference.

    Carlos Allende/Carl Allen&Morris K. Jessup were not the only ones involved in this story.

    There were others.

    You won’t see it on the Internet,
    but there were witnesses on a ship doing primitive high-power FM broadcats where she is said to have re-appeared at.

    That’s what drew her there-
    believe it or not.

    Anyway,
    assume nothing either way-
    it’s not scientific.

  • Those theories are based on past evidence showing that there’s a likelihood something is possible. The physics of aerodynamics existed long before man figured out how to fly. It was science and gathered evidence that led to the theory of flight, and eventual flight.
    The speculation about teleportation and the Philadelphia experiment is based on nothing at all except one fraudsters claims to a man that was writing a book.
    The evidence – what all theories in science are based on – shows that there were in fact experiments being conducted at that time, but they were not teleportation experiments. Evidence leads to truth, if you’re willing to accept it.

  • J.Griffin

    Allende/Allen was not the only one-
    this witness was a lot more credible-
    he was a reputable
    scientist&military contractor who also posted his story on his own company website.

    http://www.scribd.com/mobile/doc/78621608

    However&regardless,
    “Peer-reviewed” science must be noted as being highly vulnerable to becoming
    peer-reinforced error.

    In my field of aeronautical engineering, (including “rocket science”),
    I have seen numerous breakthroughs in many standard areas being denied&rejected by the alleged experts in those fields.

    The Lifting Body Program was entirely brought on by the determination of one man-
    a technician,
    not an administrative engineer,
    Dale Reed.

    The NASA administrators mocked the concept declaring that it was
    “impossible for a plane
    to land from space!”

    After he succeeded on his own time with volunteers proving the initial concept,
    first as an R/C craft then as a full-size
    plywood&mahogany “glider”,
    the “experts” then took over…
    and failed in deadly ruins.

    They left in anger&frustration and then
    he and his volunteers took the wreckage,
    re-built it and solved their mistakes with a single simple solution and that program went on to become the Space Shuttle.

    Their “expert” disaster
    AND the wonderful story of the
    re-building of the wreckage quite like the Phoenix by volunteers inspired MartinCaidin’s work “Cyborg” which became “The Six Million Dollar Man”.

    Martin Caidin
    (September 14, 1927 – March 24, 1997)
    was an American author and an authority on aeronautics and aviation.
    Caidin wrote more than 50 books, including Samurai!, Black Thursday, Thunderbolt!, Fork-Tailed Devil: The P-38, Zero!, The Ragged, Rugged Warriors, A Torch to the Enemy and many other works of military history. He wrote more than 1,000 magazine articles. Caidin established his own company to promote aeronautical subjects for a young audience and began writing fiction in 1957.
    -Wiki
    RIP,Caidin

    The actual historical NASA footage was used every week in the TV show and the basis for the opening comments stem directly from the true story of the original
    Lifting Body aircraft program.

    At any rate,
    the reason that I mention these things is because they are illustrations of the same phenomenon OUTSIDE of theoretical physics.

    Men like Thomas Townsend Brown and Victor Shauberger were on to much,much more than most people today realize.

    Behind all the exagerated&distorted events&hysteria of the dramathon,
    there were actual events that took place-
    such as that behind the story of the
    (so-called)
    “Battle of Los Angeles”.

    Not much of a battle when the other side doesn’t bother to return fire…

    Most people have never even heard of it but that is only one more example of strange phenomenon that is only perceived&remembered as it becomes a stupid movie by the same name
    (in this case,two stupid movies,
    simultaneously)
    that have NOTHING to do with the original story.

    At any rate,
    I am not concerned with convincing you of the veracity of these reports or the actual basis for them-
    rather,
    that what is perceived by the
    “scientific community”,
    what is claimed by the masses
    and what actually happened are seldom the same.

    Do not consider scientists as infallible-
    their errors are merely more refined,entrenched&institutionalized.

    Highly polished denial is still denial.

    It is as many have noted-
    hide the truth in plain sight…
    then just camouflage&disguise it
    as worthless lies!

    Conspiracy theory does not interest me-
    history does,
    and it is full of conspiracies of all kinds.

    Most of the scheisse floating around right now is just that-
    if you hide the truth behind that,
    who’s going to go looking for it there?

    Don’t look for it there.

    Look for it regardless of where the trail appears to lead,
    but don’t be confused or put off by the knee-jerk reaction coping mechanisms of others…
    be they idiotic or
    highly intellectualized.

    There is much more to some of these stories than meets the eye-
    I can tell you that from experience.

    “People prefer to believe what they prefer to be true”
    -Sir Francis Bacon

    Yet,
    people also prefer to not believe what they prefer to not be true.

    Bias is still bias,
    no matter which way it leans or falls.

  • I have to say that what you just wrote is very well stated, and a perfect explanation of the very reasons that I started this website in the first place. I enjoyed reading that. I may not agree completely on the likelihood of this particular story being true – but I have to say I wholeheartedly agree with your explanation for why stories like these MUST be explored and investigated by open-minded and thorough people. Thanks for your comments and I’m really pleased to have you here.

“The thing about the truth is, not a lot of people can handle it.” -Conor McGregor

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