History Of Flying Dutchman The Ghost Ship

Flying Dutchman - According to folklore, the Flying Dutchman is a ghost ship that will never be able to dock. The ghost ship has to wade through "the seven seas" forever. The Flying Dutchman is always visible from a distance and it is illuminated with dim light. Actually, there are many versions of its history. According to some sources, this legend comes from the Netherlands, while others claim that it comes from a British.

History of Flying Dutchman

There are many versions of Flying Dutchman history. Some reliable sources mention that in the 17th century, a Dutch captain named Bernard Fokke was wading through the ocean from the Netherlands to the Java Island with incredible speed. He was suspected of asking the devil's help to reach that speed. In the middle of his journey towards Cape of God Hope, suddenly bad weather and the ship sank.

History Of Flying Dutchman The Ghost Ship
The Flying Dutchman

A crew asked for a voyage to be stopped but the captain refused. He said, ”I swear I will not back down and will continue through the storm to reach my destination city, or I and all my crew will be cursed forever". Suddenly, the storm hit the ship. Then, the captain and his crew were cursed forever became the living bodies and sailing in the seven seas forever. It is said that the ghost ship was cursed to wade the seven oceans until the end of time. The story spreads so quickly around the world.

For the sailor, an unexpected encounter with the ghost ship of The Flying Dutchman will bring bad luck to them. There is a way to avoid the possibility of encountering the ghost ship by pairing a horseshoe on their sailboat as protection. There was even a record about Christopher Columbus's voyage encountering the ghost ship.

At that time, the crew saw the ship was hanging around with the screen expanding. After that, the first crew who saw it immediately died for a moment. Myth lately also tell that when a modern ship sees this ghost ship, then the crew of modern ship give signals, then the modern ship will sink. Over the centuries, the legend of The Flying Dutchman has been the source of inspiration for writers and novelists.

The Flying Dutchman Appearances

Many witnesses who claimed to have seen this ghost ship. For example, in 1939, this ship was seen in Mulkzenberg. In 1941, a group of people on the coast of Glencairn watched a sailing ship and suddenly disappeared when it hit the rocks. The appearances of The Flying Dutchman were again seen by the crew of the military ship, M.H.S Jubilee near Cape Town in August 1942. The following are some appearances of Flying Dutchman that have been documented.

  • In 1823, Captain Oweb, HMS Leven told that he had been seen twice an empty ship wobbling in the middle of the ocean from a distance. However, in the blink of an eye, the ship disappeared.
  • In 1835. A British-flagged ship was surrounded by storm in the ocean and approached by a foreign ship. The Ship was touted as The Flying Dutchman's Ghost Ship. Suddenly, the ship approached and seemed to want to hit their ship. Strangely, before the two ships collided, the foreign ships then disappeared instantly.
  • In 1881. Three crew of HMS Bacchante ship including King George V had seen an unmanned ship that sailed against the flow of their ships. The next day, one of them was found dead in a terrible condition.
  • In 1941. Some eyewitnesses on the beach Glencairn reported that an outdated ship crashed into a rock and split apart. But after an investigation at the scene, there was no sign of the wreck of the ship.
  • In 1942. Four witnesses had seen an empty ship entering Table Bay waters and then disappeared. An employee had documented the discovery in his diary.
  • In 1959. Straat Magelhaen's crew reported that he saw a mysterious ship floundering in the sea in an empty state with his telescope.

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