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The 10 scariest ghost ships - part 1

A cold wind blows over the wide sea. It stole numerous ships. But sometimes you come back.

Ghost ships are probably among the scariest phenomena on our earth. Most of the crew members have died of a terrible epidemic and the ships are drifting driverlessly through the oceans. That would at least be an explanation. But what about ships that have sunk and yet are spotted again and again by numerous eyewitnesses? In this series of articles we will now look at the top ten scariest ghost ships view their existence as relatively likely applies.

1. Lady Lovibond

It is anchored in seafarers' superstitions that women bring bad luck on a ship. Nevertheless, the captain of the "Lady Lovibond“, Simon Peel, on honeymoon from London to Portugal with his bride Amanda and numerous guests. At the time of the tragic incident, the ship was in the Goodwin Sands, a chain of sandbars east of Kent. Many ships have already sunk at this point. First Mate John Rivers was also in love with the captain's bride and was furiously jealous. What had to come came: Rivers killed the helmsman and steered the ship into safe sinking.
Everyone on board was killed. Allegedly every 50 years, on the anniversary of the disaster, the ghost ship now returns to the Goodwin Sands and carries on its creepy mischief. Numerous captains reported that they nearly collided with a sailing ship that appeared out of nowhere. Music and the sound of people celebrating were heard. The last sighting dates from 1948. Nothing is known about 1998. However, the “Lady Lovibond” is not the only ghost ship off the British coast, so you don't necessarily have to wait until 2048 to see one.

2. Mary Celeste

One of the greatest mysteries in maritime history surrounds the 31-meter-long, two-masted one Mary Celeste. There is hardly any other ghost ship that is so notorious.
Shortly after its completion in 1861, the first owner died of pneumonia. The owners changed steadily over the years, with the ship repeatedly involved in mysterious accidents.
So it happened on November 7th, 1872 that the Mary Celeste set out on her fateful voyage. With a load of 1701 barrels of ethanol, the 8-person crew under Captain Benjamin Spooner Briggs and two passengers - Briggs ‘wife and daughter - set off from New York to Genoa. You should never see them again.
Less than a month later, on December 5th, the crew of the merchant ship "Dei Gratia" found the Mary Celeste leaderless on the sea impulsive. The ship was still on course and far from land. Although it was slightly chipped, it was still fully functional and seaworthy. 3 men from the "Dei Gratia" crossed over to see what had happened. A completely devastated kitchen was found and the lack of the chronometer and sextant - both nautical devices of immense importance for navigation - were noted.
Furthermore, the cargo was completely intact and water and provisions for 6 months were also discovered. There are even reports that the lifeboat was still on board. All the signs indicated that the panicked crew had left the ship on purpose. The last entry in the logbook was on November 24th.
But that's not all of the incredible events that go along with this brigantine. When the ship was brought back to the United States, the owner's father drowned and he immediately sold the ship. Over the next 12 years, the Mary Celeste changed hands a total of 17 times.
It finally sank off Haiti in 1884 after running aground on a reef under strange circumstances.

3rd SS Valencia

Driven by strong winds in unfavorable currents, the steamship struck off the coast of on January 22, 1906 Vancouver Island on a reef. Despite the fact that it was only 50 m from the shore, it was almost impossible to get there due to the adverse weather conditions, and panic broke out on board as the SS Valencia filled with water and suddenly the lights went out. The passengers braved the bad weather and stormed to the lifeboats. Although the captain had ordered no lifeboats to be used in these conditions, 6 out of 7 lifeboats were launched. A serious and, above all, fatal mistake, as it soon turned out to be.
The first dinghy was so heavily loaded with passengers that the cargo boom broke off and all 21 occupants fell into the deep end. The next two boats overturned before they were properly in the water. Only one person survived. Of the three successfully drained boats, two capsized after a few minutes and the third, number 5, disappeared that night without a trace, including the passengers. The people who remained on board tried in vain to save themselves and the SS Valencia from certain destruction. But all attempts were futile. It sank after 36 hours. Of 173 people on board, 136 died.
A short time later, the first ghost stories were told. A fisherman claims to have seen a rescue boat with an eight-person skeleton crew in the immediate vicinity of the site of the accident. There were also several sightings of a large ship that had a leak and on whose board the ghost crew was lowered into the water in dinghies. But even more incredible than these apparitions is the fact that in 1933, after 27 years at sea, lifeboat number 5 was found in Barkley Sound Bay. It was in astonishingly good condition for its long time at sea.
It remains a mystery, however, where that Lifeboat within those many years and what became of the people on board.

More Stories about ghost ships can be found in part 2!


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