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Harold T. Wilkins
Harold T. Wilkins (1891 - 1960) was a British
journalist and amateur historian educated at Cambridge. As a
journalist he regularly reported on the early television
experiments of John L. Baird, during the years 1926 - 1932.
In middle life he published works on the history of piracy,
and on the history of the British public schools.
He was prolific particularly on the subject of 'pirate
treasure' and other sea legends, in works such as Captain
Kidd and his Skeleton Island (1937), Panorama of
Pirate Treasure (1940) and Mysteries and Monsters of
the Deep (1948). After 1947 and the earliest 'flying
saucer' sighting by Kenneth Arnold, he became fascinated
with the saucer phenomenon and plunged into extensive
historical research in the style of Charles Fort, eventually
producing two Fortean saucer books which were widely read
during the 1950s, Flying Saucers on the Moon (1954)
and Flying Saucers Uncensored (1955), better known
under its US title, Flying Saucers on the Attack.
Wilkins invites comparison with two other British Fortean
authors who were his contemporaries, Desmond Leslie and W.
Raymond Drake. While Drake patiently dug through ancient
literature and legend to find 'evidence' of ancient
astronauts, Wilkins dug through ancient literature and
legend to find 'evidence' of earlier sightings of flying
saucers. Leslie preferred to mine the bogus 'ancient'
literature of Theosophy.
Wilkins also published a number of works in the 'ancient
mystery' vein, influenced by Theosophy and the myth of
Atlantis, including Mysteries of Ancient South America
(1945), Secret Cities of Old South America (1952),
and Mysteries of Time and Space (1958).
An interesting fact about Harold T. Wilkins, rarely
mentioned these days, is that he actually believed himself
to be the reincarnation of notorious pirate (or privateer)
Captain William Kidd, this clearly calls his objectivity on
anything Kidd related into question.
Many of Harold T. Wilkins books have become highly
collectable in the last few years, they can be be quite
expensive to buy and even trickier to locate!
Kidd and his Skeleton Island (1937)
Pirate Treasure (1940)
Mysteries and Monsters of
the Deep (1948)
Flying Saucers on the Moon
Flying Saucers Uncensored (1955)
(US title Flying Saucers on the Attack)
Mysteries of Ancient South America
Secret Cities of Old South America
Mysteries of Time and Space
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