Archive for November, 2014

Continuing with my love of mystery ships that I enjoy reading about it another one that I have discovered as a great tale. It appears to be a fictional tale but I am not ignoring it entirely due to the age and the interesting tale that comes with it.

She was found trapped in ice to the west of Greenland, by the whaler ship Herald, on 11th October 1775. Five men boarded the vessel and found the crew of 28 dead below, frozen and almost perfectly preserved. They found the captain in his chair, pen in hand and with the log book open on the desk. In the cabin was also the body of a woman, a boy that was covered over with a blanket and a sailor with a tinderbox. (Tinderboxes contain a flint, steel and a fibrous material). They took the log before they left but were not willing to keep searching around her.

They checked the log to find the last entry made was 11th November 1762, meaning that she had been lost in the Arctic for 13 years. The log was so frozen that it slipped from the binding leaving only the first and last few pages remaining in it.  The crew had died of exposure, something unsurprising given the nature of the place they had gone and most likely the lack of preparation for those harsh conditions.

Supposedly she left England for the Orient, 1761 and the captain took a gamble to go through the Northwest Passage to shorten the journey, instead trapping her in the nice north of Alaska. It seems she made the voyage later on without the crew, so was the first to cross the Northwest Passage posthumously. When the crew of the whaling ship later tried to relocate her they were unable to do so.

For gamer information nuts and Assassins Creed lovers, in Assassins Creed 3 there is a part where Connor (main character) goes aboard the ship looking for clues to the whereabouts of Captain Kidd’s treasure.

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The so-called event occurred 20th May, 1867 when Stephen Michalak was searching for minerals at Falcon Lake  around 80 miles out from Winnepeg, Manitoba. Whilst searching around Michalak heard the cackling of geese and he looked up to see two glowing oval-shaped objects up on a swift descent. One carried on down and the other stopped, the one that went down was 160 feet away from him.

Naturally curious he went to investigate it, it looked like a bowl with a dome on top and there was a humming sound, along with the stench of sulphur. He said on the rim of the bowl he spotted a door and heard voices, he assumed they were humans but got no response even trying to use several languages.

With no response he ventured to look inside the strange craft, he described what he saw inside as a ‘maze of lights’ and then three panel doors closed it off, he moved back in in doing so put his hands on the outside of it the thing was so hot it burnt his gloves.

The craft took off abruptly it expelled hot air through some sort of gridded vent. The result of this was to set his shirt on fire and an onset of nausea with it. He was examined by doctors a few hours later back in Winnepeg who found burn marks consistent with his description of the vent.

His continuing health problems with the matter brought him back to the clinic a year later and investigators had not discovered any evidence of a hoax and by 1975 there was still no official response from the government. He died in 1999, aged 83 with no change or retractions in his claims.

 

In 1972 a partner park to Cedar Point opened in Mason, Ohio, the King’s Island Park carries a few ghostly stories for anyone interested in more than just the rides.

It was sold in 1984 and again in 1987, then continued to change hands until 2006. The area has its own mall, cemetery and covers 770-775 acres dependent on what sites I look at. There is a good room for expansion in the future, which looks likely to happen.

Amongst it’s regular goers are supposedly at least five ghosts. The one named that I found is Tommy Tower, Tommy was at a graduation party and was overly drunk enough to think it was a good idea to climb the tower. It led to Tommy falling to his death, and presumably now stays around the tragic spot.

Other stories are of a girl that walks along the Racer, behind the games, but no reason as to why. There is a fountain in which people see glowing eyes and a wandering figure around the International Restaurant. If that isn’t enough to sate your taste buds there’s the ghost of a security guard, and a drunken park attendee who fell to her death from the Flight Commander. She fought with the ride operators, undoing her restraints to stand up and wave at friends.

 

The Amusement Park is located at Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA. In 1983 the park suffered a fire that damaged the place financially leaving them without some of their main attractions, but it has a 125 year old history and remains going.

In 1860 The Fairground began and one of he rides now shut-down was said to be haunted by Solomon Dorney. Solomon opened his place to the public and it’s been visited regularly since then. The ride went under the mansion, since demolished, and this appears to have upset Solomon greatly.

Thrill ride ‘The Dominator’ is said to have a ghost around it there are some small shops and eateries. Connecting two eateries is a corridor that leads into an old mining shaft. Reports say that a man appears and disappears at the door, along with that are strange noises and odd occurrences in the area.

The antique carousel there, also reported as haunted. A woman named Mrs Muller had a husband who carved the carousel horses. In 1917 he created one that she fell in love with and the horse spent 50 years on the road before being given a permanent place at Cedar Point’s Fronter Town in 1971. Legend says that she followed the carousel after her death, and at night when the park closed she would be there. It’s said that the lights would come on, presumably thanks to Mrs Mullar, and a ghost in white could be seen riding around on the carousel.

The ride then headed over to Dorney Park, and the stories carried on about this matter too. Reports keep coming in about lights being seen and it coming to life at night, the only other mystery? Her favourite horse never left Cedar Point and remains in a museum so it’s not clear as to why she might have followed.

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A strange part-man, part-goat and part sheep creature all mixed into one, the creature is said to be under the railway trestle over Floyd’s Fork Creek over in Fisherville, Kentucky, USA.

There seems to be quite a hideous description linked to it, it appears with a deformed human body, fur-covered goat-legs and short sharp horns from the head. It has alabaster-skinned face and wide set eyes that sound both frightening and fantastical.

Urban legends abound say it can employ hypnosis, or mimic voices in order to lure victims to the trestle into oncoming trains. Some say the beastly thing leaps down from the trestle and onto the roof of cars passing by.

Another version has the victims attacked by a bloodied axe and others say it is so unsettling that when people see it they are driven into leaping or driving over the edge.

Trains regularly go over the trestle despite alternative rumours that it is abandoned, indeed going over it or causing any trouble there will lead to prosecution of trespass. The 8 foot fence appears to have done little to stop legend seekers trying to find it, and has sadly led to some deaths.

The suggested origin according to some tales is that the creature might well have been a man, a side show freak attraction at a circus who was so mistreated when he left he vowed revenge; on who I can’t seem to work out.

Another story appears to be quite stereotypical of an odd dodgy horror, a farmer who sold himself to Satan, has been reincarnated as the frightening Pope Lick Monster.