“A strange red light as of a phantom ship all aglow, in the midst of which light the mast, spars and sails of a brig 200 yards distant stood out in strong relief.”
So said a young Royal Navy Midshipman, later crowned King George V, when his vessel, the HMS Bacchante, was sailing around the cape of Good Hope in 1881. The ship he claimed to have seen was believed to be the Flying Dutchman, a vessel so shrouded in myth and paranormal happenings as to be considered the eponymous ‘ghost ship’. You may not know much about naval history or the paranormal but it is guaranteed that the Dutchman is one vessel you will have heard of, if not from any other source than its appearance in the second and third Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
June 27, 2013 | Categories: The Unexplained (Misc) | Tags: cape of good hope, Coleridge, Davy Jones, Fata Morgana, flying dutchman, Ghostly Ships, HMS Bacchante, Marie Celeste, Mirages, navy midshipman, Optical illusion, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Cape of Good Hope, The Flying Dutchman, van diemen, van straaten, Wagner, Washington Irving | Leave a comment