You would have thought it was an aerial fleet

On the night of Feb. 9, 1913, a luminous body was seen in Canada, the US, at sea, and in Bermuda. It had, according to accounts in Jour. Roy. Astro. Soc. of Canada, Nov. and Dec. 1913, a long tail, and was variously seen as single or as “composed of three or four parts, with a tail to each part.”

According to one writer, “There were probably 30 or 32 bodies, and the peculiar thing about them was their moving in fours and threes and twos, abreast of one another; and so perfect was the lining up that you would have thought it was an aerial fleet maneuvering after rigid drilling.”

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p. 296-297 (The Complete Book of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Unknown aircraft over Dover

Throughout January 1913, newspapers in England and Wales reported sightings of an unknown airship with lights on it. Reports began in the London Times on Jan. 6 (also London Standard, Jan. 24) that an unknown airship had been seen over Dover, and the lights of an airship had been seen over the Bristol Channel. An object was reported in the sky of Cardiff, Wales, by the chief constable of Glamorganshire, about five p.m. (London Times, Jan. 21). The next day, other reports followed throughout Cardiff of something brilliantly lighted. Reports speak of something like a searchlight.

–Charles Fort, New Lands, p512-513ff (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).