Thirteen of the CREEPIEST Ghost Ships

Boy, do we have a lot to cover today! Take your time, though, and soak it in over the next couple of days. It’s all important. Note: At the end, there’s a personal message for blog member, Deanna. 

First, I’d like to show you what the Monday morning questions and answer sessions are like with Pamela Aaralyn, Erik and me. We use YouTube Live as our platform and alternate between Pam’s channel and mine. Find out more about Pamela at pamelaaaralyn.com

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And now for the main video for the day. I found all of what Erik said about these ghost ships so interesting, and some made me shudder. Jennifer Doran, as always, was stupendous. I’m running out of new positive adjectives, so… Check her out by clicking HERE.

If you’re interested, here is some information about each of the 13 ghost ships. 

MARY CELESTE

On November 7, 1872, a captain, his wife, and two-year-old daughter, and seven crewmen set out from New York to Italy aboard the Mary Celeste. A month later, they should have arrived, but the British ship Dei Gratia caught sight of the boat drifting in the Atlantic. The crew went onto the Mary Celeste to help anyone onboard but found it completely empty.

Six months’ worth of food and the crew’s belongings were still there, but its lifeboat was gone. The ship’s floor was covered in three feet of water, but that was far from flooded or beyond repair. It’s become one of the world’s most famous ghost ships—thanks largely to the fact that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle used the boat as inspiration for his short story, “J. Habakuk Jephson’s Statement”—with theories from pirates to mutiny to murder.

The most likely explanation is that the captain didn’t know the extent of the damage and ordered the crew to abandon ship at the first sight of land, but the world will never know for sure.

MORE ON THE MARY CELESTE

Probably the most famous real-life ghost ships story embraces the Mary Celeste, found adrift in the Atlantic Ocean in 1872 in a completely unharmed condition with all its sails still up, the crew’s personal belongings intact and a cargo hold of over 1500 alcohol barrels untouched. The only things missing were the lifeboat, the captain’s logbook and most importantly, the entire crew. Since pirate’s attack could not be held responsible for such a phenomenon, theories of crew mutiny, waterspout killing, and consumption of poisonous food leading to madness came into being.

However, the most reasonable explanation could there be a storm or some kind of technical issue, compelling the crew immediately abandon the ship in the lifeboat and die later at the sea. Apart from these, the mystery of this haunted ship surrounds with ghosts and even sea monsters and alien abduction theories.

Mary Celeste

Image: Milkovasa/Shutterstock

CARROLL A. DEERING

The Carroll A. Deering cargo ship and its ten-man crew successfully made it to Rio de Janeiro in 1920, despite needing to change captains when its original one fell ill, but something strange happened on its way back to Virginia. A lightship keeper in North Carolina said a crewman who didn’t seem very officer-like reported the ship had lost its anchors while the rest of the crew was “milling about” suspiciously.

Another ship spotted the Carroll A. Deering near Outer Banks the next day in an area that would have been a strange course for a ship on its way to Norfolk, Virginia. The following day, a shipwreck was spotted, but dangerous conditions kept investigators away for four days. When they went aboard, they found food laid out as if they were getting ready for a meal, but the crew’s personal belongings and the lifeboats were gone.

The federal government followed leads on pirates, mutinies, and more, but they all came up fruitless.

MORE ON THE CARROLL DEERING

The SV Carroll A. Deering was a five-masted cargo schooner that was last spotted with its crew when passing through Cape Lookout Lightship, N.C. on Jan. 28, 1921, while it was traveling from Rio De Janeiro back to Norfolk, V.a. after delivering a cargo of coal. She was found, abandoned, three days later, off the North Carolina coast. The ship’s lifeboats and logbook were missing. The disappearance has been hypothesized to have been caused by weather conditions, pirates, and even communists. Still, there is no conclusion as to what happened to them.

Carrol A. Deering

Image: Pinterest

MV JOYITA

In 1955, merchant ship MV Joyita set off on a two-day journey in the South Pacific. It would never reach its destination. The rescue team’s search turned out blank, and it wasn’t until more than a month later that another captain spotted the partially sunken ship. There was no sign of any of the 25 passengers, and an investigation deemed its doom “inexplicable.”

Over the years, dark theories circulated, from Soviet submariners kidnapping the crew to Japanese fishermen killing everyone onboard. As recent as 2002, family members were still researching what could have gone wrong, and one professor insists the most likely scenario is that a corroded pipe was leaking and flooded the boat, forcing the crew to abandon ship.

MV Joyita

Image: Medium.com

SS BAYCHIMO

The SS Baychimo was a steel-hulled 1,322-ton cargo steamer used to trade provisions for pelts in Inuit settlements along the Victoria Island coast of the of Canada. On Oct. 1, 1931, at the end of a trading run and loaded with a cargo of fur, Baychimo became trapped in pack ice and was abandoned by its crew. Despite being unmanned, the ship eventually broke free from the ice and continued to be spotted floating around Alaska throughout the 1930s. She was last spotted in 1969, 38 years after she was abandoned, still intact and seaworthy.

SS Baychimo

Image: Wikipedia

SS OURANG MEDAN

The SS Ourang Medan was a ghost ship found 400 nautical miles southeast of the Marshall Islands in 1948. When an American ship found the boat, it was littered with the bodies of the crew but caught fire shortly after they boarded and sank. According to reports, the vessel was sailing from a small Chinese port to Costa Rica and deliberately avoided the authorities. The reports state that a sole German man survived the accident and that the crew of the vessel was killed by improperly stored nitroglycerin, which, upon reacting with sea water, produced toxic amounts of sulfuric acid.

Sailor on the Ourang Medan

Image: Philadelphia Experiment

Ourang Medan Ship

SS VALENCIA

The SS Valencia was an iron-hulled passenger steamer that carried passengers along the west coast of the U.S. On Jan. 21, 1906, following bad visibility caused by fog, the ship collided with a reef off the coast of Canada. In the chaos, the crew accidentally lowered nearly all the improperly manned lifeboats. While 37 men survived on the remaining three lifeboats, 136 passengers and crew on the vessel perished. In 1933, the Valencia‘s lifeboat #5 was found floating in Barkley Sound in remarkably good condition.

SS Valencia

Image: Alamy

THE CALEUCHE

It is a legend of the Chilota mythology, where it is described as a ghost ship, which comes into being every night near the island of Chiloe. It says the ship carries the spirits of all the people who have drowned at sea. The Caleuche is strikingly beautiful, bright and gay as always surrounded by party music sounds and laughter.

However, it only stays for a few moments, and then suddenly disappears or submerges itself under the water. Three Chilota ‘water spirits’ – the Sirena Chilota, the Pincoya, and the Picoy – who resemble mermaids, summons the spirits of the drowned.

El Caleuche

Image: Marineinsight.com

THE OCTAVIUS

The Octavius became more than just a legend back in 1775, when a whaling ship named the Herald found it aimlessly drifting off the coast of Greenland with all of its crew frozen dead by the arctic cold. To add to the spooky environment, the ship’s captain was found sitting at his desk, with a logbook in front him, and finishing a log entry from 1762

Relating to this could mean that the Octavius had been floating for 13 years and completed its passage to the Atlantic while returning to England from the Orient via the Northwest Passage as a ghost ship.

The Octavius

Image: marineinsight.com

THE LADY LOVIBOND

An interesting story of love, jealousy and rage complements the tale of this haunted ship. In 1748, the day before the Valentine’s Day, it was set assail as a celebration of the ship’s captain’s wedding. Nevertheless, his friend, who was too in love with her, out of vengeance, steered the ship into the notorious Goodwind Sands, sinking it and killing all on-board.

Since then it could be seen every fifty years sailing around Kent. 1798, 1848, 1898 and 1948 has witnessed this ship’s sightseeing and some boats had actually sent out rescuers, assuming it was in distress, but later could not be found. Albeit, there was not any confirmed spotting in 1998, this famous ghost ship continues to be a legend.

Lady Lovibond

Image marineinsight.com

FLYING DUTCHMAN

In maritime folklore, this ghost ship has left the maximum impact like no other by inspiring numerous paintings, films, books, opera, etc. Van der Decken, the captain, on its way towards East Indies, with sheer determination tried to steer his ship through the adverse weather condition of the Cape of Good Hope but failed miserably even after vowing to drift until the doomsday. Legend says that since then they have been cursed to sail the oceans for eternity.

To this day, hundreds of fisherman and sailors from deep-sea have claimed to have witnessed the Flying Dutchman continuing its never-ending voyage across the waters.

The Flying Dutchman

Image marineinsight.com

HMS EREBUS AND HMS TERROR

On May 19, 1845, two ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, departed England and set sail for the Canadian Arctic. Their goal was to travel through the treacherous waters of the Northwest Passage that separated the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

Led by Sir John Franklin, the ships were to collect samples and conduct scientific studies along the way. Out of the 134 officers and men on the expedition, not a single one ever returned.

Messages later discovered by a rescue mission indicate the ships became trapped in ice off of King William Island in the Canadian Arctic. Franklin died on June 11, 1847, and the ships were abandoned on April 22, 1848. The initial survivors attempted to cross the ice and reach safety on the Canadian mainland.

HMS Erebus and HMS Terror

Image: Cool Antarctica

THE KØBENHAVEN

On Dec. 14, 1928, the København, a Danish East Asiatic Company sailing ship left the Rio de la Plata (an area between Uruguay and Argentina) en route to Australia. It was notable for having five masts.

“She was a well-found vessel, fitted with wireless (radio) an auxiliary engine and ample lifeboats,” writes Hamish Ross in Sea Breezes Magazine. “A training ship, she had a crew of 60 men, many of whom were cadets, some from very prominent Danish families.”

The ship was in touch, through radio, with the Norwegian steamer William Blumer on Dec. 21, but after that it was never heard from again.

“Following the København’s disappearance, many theories sprang up as to her loss, but the most likely seems to be that she struck an iceberg in darkness or fog,” writes Ross. “There were also reports of sightings of a phantom five-masted vessel in 1930.” In 2012, a wreck was found at the island of Tristan da Cunha that could potentially be the København. (Image Credit: State Library of Queensland, courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

SS Københaven

HMS EURYDICE

In 1878, the HMS Eurydice, a Royal Navy training vessel, was lost while sailing near the Isle of Wight. A sudden snowstorm sunk the vessel, killing 364 crewmembers, on what had been a calm day. The storm occurred so suddenly, the ship’s crew didn’t have enough time to react, according to news reports.

The “Eurydice continued at full sail with her gun ports open before disappearing in the midst of the blizzard,” writes Victoria Bartlett in an article on the BBC website. Ultimately, there were only two survivors, Bartlett notes. The ship was refloated but, being heavily damaged, was scrapped.

Since then, there have been stories of a ghostly HMS Eurydice haunting the area where the ship sank. “Sailors and visitors are also said to have witnessed sightings of a ‘ghost ship’ off the Isle of Wight,” writes Bartlett. In the 1930s, a British submarine reported encountering the ghostly vessel. Additionally, “Prince Edward reportedly saw the ship while filming an ITV documentary in 1998.”

SS Eurydice

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