Ghost Ship Ads Appear on BoatsandOutboards
We've had some very spooky ads placed on BoatsandOutboards recently. Turns out they have some pretty mysterious stories behind them...
The Flying Dutchman
The Flying Dutchman is one of the most famous ghost ships that sails the oceans for eternity as it can never return to port.
The spectral vessel is believed to have been originally captained by Hendrick Vanderdecken, who set sail from Amsterdam to Batavia in 1680. Sightings of the glowing phantom ship were made throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. In 1835 a British ship claimed that during a storm, they almost collided with the Flying Dutchman until it disappeared before impact. Also, in 1939 around a dozen beach-goers off the coast of South Africa reported detailed descriptions of the ghostly ship out at sea. Sightings of The Flying Dutchman are now thought to be omen of danger.
Allegedly Vanderdecken sent his ship directly into a storm as it rounded the Cape of Good Hope, despite a warning from God. The storm killed everyone on board, and as a punishment for ignoring the warning, the ghostly crew would be forced to sail the oceans forever.
The mystery of the Mary Celeste still remains one of the most enigmatic sea tales. The Mary Celeste was a British merchant brigantine that was discovered floating 600 miles west of Portugal in perfect condition, but without a trace of any crew members.
Eerily, half eaten meals, crew members belongings and the cargo of 1,700 barrels of commercial alcohol onboard were all intact.
Some argue that the ship’s lifeboat was missing, which could explain the disappearance of the captain, Benjamin S. Briggs, his wife, his daughter, and the ship's seven man crew. There was no mention of any trouble in the last logbook entry, yet position of the ship when it was discovered suggests it was manned for some time after the last entry.
Completely abandoned in 1931, the SS Baychimo was spotted floating along the coast of Alaska for 38 years, until it was last seen in 1969.
Christened as Ångermanelfven, the SS Baychimo was built in Sweden in 1911 and was used as a trading vessel between Hamburg and Germany until the beginning of World War I. After the war ended, it was handed to Great Britain as part of war reparations when its name was changed to the SS Baychimo.
In 1931, the crew left the SS Baychimo to the nearby town of Barrow, Alaska to wait as it was wedged between ice. When they returned, the ship has floated away. Over the years, the ship was spotted time and time again, and even boarded by some passing crews, but bad weather always prohibited rescue missions.
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Article by Jack Bartrop