4 scary stories about ghost ships
The sea is fraught with a huge number of secrets that may never be revealed. When you walk along the beach and admire the surf, do not forget that in the depths of the sea there may be something that you don’t even guess. Next you will read four interesting and scary stories straight from the depths of the sea.
The man from Medan (Ourang Medan).
The history of the Dutch cargo ship Ourang Medan, which sank in the Strait of Malacca, is one of the most terrible and controversial. Under unclear circumstances, the entire crew of the ship perished.
“The captain and all the officers lie dead in the cockpit and on the bridge. Perhaps the whole team is dead, ”the British and Dutch listening stations in June 1947 received such a distress signal.
After that, someone briefly "repelled" Morse: "I'm dying." To the ship immediately sent one of the American ships - Silver Star.
The team really was dead - something not even spared the dog. There were no signs of violent death on the bodies of the dead, but the frozen faces expressed horror. Although there was no damage on the ship either, it was suspiciously cold in the depth of the hold.Then smoke began to rise from there, and the rescuers retreated in a hurry. After that, Ourang Medan exploded.
Since the only official mention of this case appeared in the United States Coast Guard Proceedings of the Merchant Marine Council, and there were no other references to it, many question the validity of this story.
In addition, there is a rational explanation of the incident. Probably, Ourang Medan transported nitroglycerin and potassium cyanide, and these substances are dangerous when in contact with sea water. So, probably, the team just got poisoned.
Perhaps the most famous case of the ghost ship. On November 5, 1872, a ship loaded with rectified alcohol set off from Staten Island to Genoa. In addition to the captain, there were 7 crew members on the ship, as well as the wife and daughter of the captain.
But the “Maria Celeste” never entered the port of destination. The ship was found four weeks later completely empty: there was not a single living or dead soul there. There was neither a sextant nor a chronometer on the ship - the absence of these important tools makes us think that the team was trying to evacuate. And very quickly, given that the captain left in the cabin and jewelry, and money.
But the ship did not hit the storm: the captain's cabin was in perfect order, and on the little table of the captain's wife there was an oiler with untouched oil, which would certainly have fallen when it was rolling.
The cargo also turned out to be intact. All papers, with the exception of the logbook, have disappeared.
For centuries, historians have been trying to explain the mysterious disappearance of the Maria Celesta team, but neither the attack of the pirates, nor the insurgency, nor the effects of alcohol, nor even the intervention of sea monsters can answer all questions.
Carroll A. Deering.
The case of this American cargo schooner is cited as one example of the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle.
What happened on the ship in 1921, historians have not been able to explain. The schooner made a single flight, which was the last for her.
Carroll A. Deering set off with a cargo of coal from Norfolk to Rio de Janeiro. Commanded the ship, William Meritt, and his son helped him. The team was nine people. According to some rumors, the captain did not want to go to sea with these people and did not trust them.
But soon the captain fell ill and was forced to go ashore, and an elderly Willis Warmell was sent to replace him.Vessel without incident landed in Rio de Janeiro. Uormell, apparently, also had a low opinion of the team and managed to complain about it to his friend, the captain, whom he met in Brazil.
The vessel went the same composition back to the United States. During a short stop in Barbados, the team drank for several days on the shore, and a quarrel broke out between the captain and the first mate. The assistant did not like the fact that the captain did not allow him to punish the sailors and that he had to solve many problems of navigation, because the captain had poor eyesight.
A few weeks later the ship was in a storm. Sailing past the floating lighthouse, one of the sailors called the lighthouse keeper. He reported that the schooner lost anchors during a storm. The superintendent of the lighthouse noticed that chaos reigned on the ship and that the captain never came out to talk to him.
A few days later, US Coast Guard officers noticed a schooner stranded. Sails were raised, there were no lifeboats. When the rescuers entered the schooner, there was not a single person on board. There was no personal stuff, no logbook. There were no anchors. The last mark on the map was not made by the hand of the captain.
The only one rescuers brought from the ship was a gray ship cat.
A few months later, one of the fishermen who lived near the wreck of the ship found a bottle with a letter on the shore, where it was written that the ship “Carroll A. Diring” was captured by pirates, and the crew was taken prisoner.
Fast forward to time in 2007. Australian fishing yacht catamaran Kaz II departed from Airlie Beach to Townsville. On board were three: yacht owner Derek Batten and his two brothers, Peter and James.
Three days later, the yacht was noticed from a helicopter, it drifted around the Great Barrier Reef. When the patrol landed on the yacht, neither the owner nor his brothers were on board the ship. There was no one at all.
The impression was created as if they had left the yacht just a few hours ago: the food was untouched, the laptop was turned on, as was the motor of the yacht.
According to one version, James for some reason dived into the sea, the yacht was taken aside, and his brother rushed to his aid. When the owner of the ship noticed that the ship was moving away from his friends, he tried to set sail, but the sail knocked him down and the man drowned with his brothers.