Posts Tagged ‘Ghost Ship’

She was a schooner (the ones with masts and sails) that was wrecked on the Goodwin Sands off the Kent coast on 13th February 1748. She is said appear every fifty years as a ghost ship.

She was sent out to see on 13th February because Simon Reed (captain) had been recently married and was celebrating with a cruise. The ship was bound for Portugal and despite the tradition of it being bad luck to have a woman aboard his wife Annetta was there too.

Legend has it that the first mate (John Rivers) was pacing the deck in anger, he was a rival for the hand of captain’s new wife. The captain, Annetta and guests were below deck celebrating but John Rivers was in a jealous fit and took a heavy object to the head of the crew member at the wheel. Rivers then seized control of the wheel and steered the ship to the Goodwin Sands, killing everyone onboard.

The first sighting of the ship surfaced 1798 on the same day and month, she was spotted by two ships. In 1848 a local seaman was convinced the ship was in trouble and sent lifeboats from Deal. In 1948 she was spotted by Captain Bull Prestwick and reported that although she appeared real she gave off a strange and eerie green glow. No report came in for 1998.

It seems that the Goodwin Sands have a history of claiming lives and The Great Storm of 1703 seems to have provided a good example of this.  13 men-of-war and 40 merchant vessels were claimed. The loss of lives totalled 2,168 but the Deal Boatmen of the area were a credit to their service by rescuing 200 men.  Naval Vessels include – HMS Northumberland, HMS Restoration, HMS Stirling Castle, HMS Mary and HMS Mortar.

No I haven’t sneezed! It’s the name of a ship that floated around for over 30 years, and could be attributed to a ghost ship legend.

It was a steel 1,322 ton cargo steamer from 1914 that was owned y Hudson’s Bay Company and was used for trade. She was abandoned in 1931 and then seen numerous times until the last reported sighting in 1969.

1st October 1931 the ship ran into trouble when she got trapped in ice. The crew abandoned the ship and got a half-mile away to a town called Barrow. She loosened up and two days later they set off, but by October 8th she was stuck again and on the 15th the company sent aircraft to retrieve 22 of the crew. 15 stayed behind intending to wait out the winter until she freed up, and made a wooden shelter some distance away.

November came and on the 24th a powerful blizzard struck, there were no signs of the ship and the skipper determined she had broken up in the storm. A few days later however they were informed by an inuit that they had seen her, the 15 men then found her and deciding it was unlikely she would last the winter they took the most valuable furs and they were transported back by air.

She did not sink however and there were sightings of her but unfortunately each time they were either unable to get to her due to bad weather or not well enough equipped to perform a salvage operation. The last sighting was from a group of Inuit 38 years after she had been abandoned. She had been stuck fast in ice but then never seen again.

She had been boarded in March 1933 by a group of Eskimo’s who stayed there for ten days due to a freak storm. In 1969 she was last sited and then in 2006 a project was launched by the Alaskan Government to try and find her.  As of yet she remains not found.

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