Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Famous ghost ships

Famous ghost ships, A ghost ship is a supposedly haunted or ghostly vessel, such as the Flying Dutchman. The same term is also used to describe derelict ships found adrift with their entire crew either missing, such as the Mary Celeste or the Baychimo, or dead, such as is reputed for the Ourang Medan. This latter case has the additional detail that the corpses onboard exhibited no visible sign of injury but lay in terrified postures. It may sometimes also be used to refer to ships which have been decommissioned but not yet scrapped, such as the Clemenceau (R 98).Folklore, legends and mythology

Undated: The Caleuche is a mythical ghost ship which, according to local folklore and Chilota mythology, sails the seas around ChiloƩ Island, Chile, at night.
1748: The Lady Lovibond is said to have been deliberately wrecked on Goodwin Sands on 13 February and to reappear off the Kent coast every fifty years.

1795 onwards: The Flying Dutchman, a ship manned by a captain condemned to eternally sail the seas, has long been the principal ghost ship legend among mariners and has inspired several works.

1813 onwards: After the American schooner Young Teazer was sunk in an explosion during the War of 1812, a burning apparition known as the “Teazer Light” has been reported off Maine.

1858 onwards: The Eliza Battle, a paddle steamer that burned in 1858 on the Tombigbee River in Alabama, is purported to reappear, fully aflame, on cold and windy winter nights to foretell of impending disaster.

Unsubstantiated
1775: The Octavius, an English trading ship returning from China, was supposedly found drifting off the coast of Greenland. The captain’s log showed that the ship had attempted the Northwest Passage, which had never been successfully traversed. The ship and the bodies of her frozen crew apparently completed the passage after drifting amongst the pack ice for 13 years.

1840: The schooner Jenny was supposedly discovered after spending 17 years frozen in an ice-barrier of the Drake Passage. Found by Captain Brighton of the whaler Hope, it had been locked in the ice since 1823, the last port of call having been Lima, Peru. The bodies of the seven people aboard, including one woman and a dog, preserved by the Antarctic cold, were buried at sea by the crew of the Hope, and Brighton passed the account on to the Admiralty in London. The Jenny is commemorated by the Jenny Buttress, a feature on King George Island near Melville Peak, named by the UK Antarctic Place-Names Committee in 1960.
1880: The ship Seabird, under the command of John Husham, grounded itself at Easton’s Beach, Rhode Island. She had been returning from a voyage to Honduras and was expected in Newport that day. The ship was apparently abandoned in sight of land and drifted off course. The only living thing found on the ship was a dog.[unreliable source?]
1947: The Ourang Medan is said to have been found adrift off Indonesia with all of its crew dead. The boarding party found the entire crew “frozen, teeth baring, gaping at the sun.” Before the ship could be towed to a home port, it exploded and sank.

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