The story about the Ghost ship
"The Flying Dutchman"

Sailors thinking themselves mightier than the seas paid a terrible price.
After Columbus discovered the new world, sailing vessels began to crisscross
the vast oceans in search of new lands and new ridges
They were seeking the silk and spices of the Far East.
Sailing around the southern tip of Africa, the Cape of Good Hope, often
battered by severe storms, navigating the Cape is a most treacherous
undertaking here, the legend says...

Now is born the story of the most famous of all ghost ships the Flying
Dutchman. Her story begins in 1680 when a Dutch captain named Phillip van
der Decken swears a curse against God that he will succeed in rounding the
Cape even if he has to keep trying until judgment day. The ship and her
crew never returned home.

But they are not seen again as flesh and bone, wood and canvass, but as
a spectral vision a sea-going ghost.

Sailors return home and tell that they have seen the Flying Dutchman and her
cursed crew.

Many people would suggest that the Flying Dutchman is just a legend and
folklore, but there were reliable claims that the Dutchman was sighted and
was agreed by most witnesses. All of these were in the Cape of Good Hope.
Lighthouse keepers reported seeing her. Often before experiencing a disaster
of their own, they have passed down the tale that no soul aboard the
Dutchman can rest unless another sailor takes his place.

HMS Leven skipper, Captain Owen logged two sightings in his log.

Crew on a British ship saw a sailing ship heading towards them in the
middle of a storm. It appeared there would be a collision, but the ship was
suddenly nowhere to be found.

The crew of SS Pretoria saw the apparition of the ghost ship.

The Royal Navy ship, the Bacchante was rounding the tip of Africa,
when they were confronted with the sight of The Flying Dutchman. The
midshipman, a prince who later became King George V, recorded that the
lookout man and the officer of the watch had seen the Flying Dutchman and he
used these words to describe the ship: 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. Its pity that the
lookout saw the Flying Dutchman, for soon after on the same trip, he
accidentally fell from a mast and died.

A whaling ship nearly struck her before the ghost ship vanished.

British Navy crew saw the ghost ship and sent documentation to the
Society for Psychical Research, SPR. Fourth Officer Stone wrote the findings
of the fifteen-minute sighting on January 26th. Second Officer Bennett, a
helmsman and cadet also witnessed the ship. Stone drew a picture of the
phantom. Bennett verified his explanation.

People aground saw the Flying Dutchman.
According to Admiral Karl Doenitz, U Boat crews logged sightings of
the Flying Dutchman, off the Cape Peninsula. For most, or all, of these
crews, it proved to be a terrible omen. The ghostly East Indiaman was also
seen at Muizenberg, in 1939.

On a calm day in 1941:
A crowd at Glencairn beach saw a ship with wind-filled sails, but it
vanished just as it was about to crash onto the rocks. During the war years,
there was plenty of room for bad omens.

On the third of August, H.M.S. Jubilee was on the way to the Royal
Navy base at Simonstown, near Cape Town. At 9 p.m., a phantom sailing ship
was seen. The second officer, Davies, was in charge of the watch. Sharing
this duty was the third officer, Nicholas Monsarrat, author of The Cruel
Sea. Monsarrat signaled to the strange ship, but there was no response.
Davies recorded in the log that a schooner, of a class that he did not
recognize, was moving under full sail, even though there was no wind. The
Jubilee had to change course, to avoid a collision. During the war, Davies'
superiors would have been in no mood for nonsense, and he must have had to
weigh that against the dangers, especially in wartime, of not recording the
strange things that he saw. In an interview, Monsarrat admitted that the
sighting inspired him to write his novel The Master Mariner.

The crew of the freighter Straat Magelhaen reported a near collision
with the ghost ship "The Flying Dutchman".

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