5 Terrifying Ghost Ship Sightings & Mysteries
The 2002 movie titled “Ghost Ship” was quite a hit when it aired in cinemas across the globe but little did the audience know that this was much more than just another scary movie. The movie itself was not based on real life events, although Ghost ships are a real phenomenon and have been spotted around the world for centuries. Here we look at five of the creepiest ghost ship sightings ever reported.
5 SS Valencia
The SS Valencia was initially built as a minor ocean liner in 1882 by William Cramp and Sons but in 1897, she was attacked by a Spanish Cruiser in Cuba. A year later, she was fully operational again, but this time as a passenger liner. In 1906, the ship endured terrible weather and subsequently drifted out to sea, sailing into a reef. The ship took on too much water and eventually sank, taking as many as 143 lives with it.
A few months later, the tragedy takes a turn for the supernatural when a fisherman spotted a life raft from the SS Valencia filled with the remains of 8 people. A search was started, but nothing turned up. In the years following the tragedy, many sailors claimed they had seen the ship floating nearby the reef where it had initially sunk.
What makes this story even more interesting is the fact that 27 years after the sinking, a life raft from the Valencia was found floating in Barkley Sound. The life raft is said to have been in excellent condition, and even the paint had not dulled.
4 El Caleuche
The Caleuche is a ghost ship which is said to appear off the coast of Chile specifically at night. The story of this ghost ship has become part of the Chile culture. The ship is described as the most beautiful ship they had ever seen, with brilliant white sails and lots of light.
Every story that has ever been told by people who have claimed to see the ship has said that it sounded as if there was a party happening on board as music and laughter can always be heard coming from the ship. In mythology, the Caleuche is said to carry the spirits of all the souls that had been lost at sea. It is said that the ship can only be spotted for a few short moments before vanishing or submerging into the sea.
3 SS Ourang Medan
The story of the Ourang Medan is a very intriguing one. There is not much history about this ship regarding when it had been built, for what purpose or anything of that nature and some even debate the fact that the ship even existed but that does not make the story any less scary. In 1947, two American ships received a distress call while sailing off the coast of Malaysia. When contact was made, the caller claimed to have been a crew member of the Ourang Medan.
The caller is believed to have sounded distraught and claimed that the captain and all of the crew members were dead or dying. The call soon turned into something more strange as it seemed the caller was trailing off, and his words became jumbled and eventually what was heard were the words “I die.” Both ships then rushed to find the Ourang Medan but when they arrived, which is believed to have been in just 2 hours, they found the ship afloat, completely intact. The captain of one of the ships had called for permission to come on board, but there was no answer. They then gathered a crew and decided to go on board. What they found was extremely unnerving.
The entire crew on board the Ourang Medan were dead. Even the dog on board was found dead with a strange snarl on his face. The faces of the crew were filled with fear, and some of them seemed to have been posed in such a way that it looked like they were pointing at something that was not there. Before any further investigation could take place, the ship mysteriously caught fire and then sank almost instantly.
Over the years, there have been many theories about what could possibly have happened to the crew. Some believe the ship could have been carrying some sort of nerve agent which could have seeped into the air causing them to die while others believe the crew could have fallen victim to a UFO attack. Whatever the truth may be, this will remain one of the most terrifying maritime stories ever told.
2 The Mary Celeste
The Mary Celeste is by far one of the most widely known ghost ships of all time and it is not hard to see why. The Mary Celeste was a Canadian-built brigantine. In 1872, crew members from the Dei Gracia spotted a ship drifting on the rough seas.
Upon closer inspection, it was found to be The Mary Celeste. The captain decided to change course to rescue the drifting ship. Upon reaching the ship, the crew was sent on board to search for crew members, but what they found was more astonishing than they could ever have imagined. Nothing! They found absolutely nothing besides the clothing of the crew members which had been stored in their chambers, a full supply of food and barrels of wine which were untouched but not a single crew member was found.
The captain’s logbook had vanished as well. What makes this story even more unnerving is the fact that there were no distress calls, and the ship was in perfect condition. Through the years, there have been many theories, but the most plausible one is that the crew may have encountered technical issues and were forced to abandon ship.
1 The Flying Dutchman
The Flying Dutchman is one of my personal favorites as it has been spotted in recent years in my hometown. The name “The Flying Dutchman” is not the name of the ship but rather the captain of the ship. Legend has it that the captain tried navigating his way around the Cape of Goodhope while enduring rough seas and gale force winds that battered the sailing ship. The crew members had begged and pleaded for him to change course but the captain was very strong willed and drunk with ambition that he kept sailing and often sang strange and obscene songs while steering his ship into doom.
Sailors and passengers even tried taking control of the ship, but the captain attacked and killed the leader of the rebellion and threw his lifeless body overboard. Legend then tells us that the captain challenged God and for that, his punishment was to sail the seas for eternity with a ghostly crew and never to make port or know a moment of peace.
It is said that anyone who has seen The Flying Dutchman, will die a horrible death. It has also been said that other ships which have sailed close to The Flying Dutchman, would see their food supply turning sour. Those who claim to have seen the captain have said that he is constantly pleading to the heavens for mercy so that his torture may come to an end.