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Top 10 “Ghost Ships” In History

Published on July rd, 2010

There are also many mysterious things that are unexplainable while sailing on the sea, just like what had happened to the following ten “Ghost Ships”.

1. Mary Celeste

The Mary Celeste was a brigantine merchant ship notably discovered in December 1872 in the Atlantic Ocean unmanned and apparently abandoned.

She was in seaworthy condition and still under sail heading towards the Strait of Gibraltar.

She had been at sea for a month and had over six months’ worth of food and water on board.

Her cargo was virtually untouched and the personal belongings of passengers and crew were still in place, including valuables.

But the crew was never seen or heard from again. Their disappearance is often cited as the greatest maritime mystery of all time.

2. Carroll A. Deering

The case of Carroll A. Deering is as strange as the “Mary Celeste,” and it was also claimed as one of the most acted upon mysteries of the sea.

The huge five-masted schooner was built in Bathe, Maine, in 1919 by the G.G. Deering Company.

She was found run aground off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, in 1921. Its crew was mysteriously missing.

The Deering is one of the most written-about maritime mysteries in history, with claims that it was a victim of the Bermuda Triangle, although the evidence points towards a mutiny or possibly piracy.

3. Bel Amica

Bel Amica was discovered off the coast of island of Sardinia near Punta Volpe on August 24, 2006.

The Italian Coast Guard discovered the ship with no crew on board. They boarded the vessel and steered her away from the rocks and shallow waters she was drifting towards.

A half-eaten meal of Egyptian food, French maps of North African seas, a pile of clothes, and a flag of Luxembourg was then found on the ship.

The ship has been described as a “classic style” schooner never seen in Italy before.

Later investigations found that she had never been registered in Italy nor any other country. The only identification aboard the ship was a wooden tablet or “plaque” as described in some papers that read “Bel Amica,” a likely misspelling of “Beautiful Friend.”

Italian newspapers later reported that Franc Rouayrux, from Luxembourg, was identified as the owner of the vessel. The Italian press suggested that this may have been an attempt to avoid steep taxation of luxury vessels.

4. High Aim 6

High Aim 6 left the port of Liuchiu in southern Taiwan on October 31, 2002, and was then found without its crew, drifting in Australian waters, on January 8, 2003. The owner of the ship, Tsai Huang Shueh-er, spoke last with the captain in December 2002. The vessel was registered in Taiwan and sailed under an Indonesian flag.

While the only member of the Indonesian crew who could be tracked down admitted that the captain Chen Tai-cheng and the engineer Lin Chung-li had been murdered, what happened exactly and the motive for mutiny remain unclear.

5. Jian Seng

The Jian Seng was an 80-meter-long tanker of unknown origin that was spotted drifting 180 km south-west of Weipa, Queensland in the Gulf of Carpentaria by an Australian Coastwatch aeroplane in 2006.

There was no sign of recent human activity found aboard, nor any signs that it had been engaged in illegal fishing or people smuggling.

A spokesman for Australian Customs addressed the media on March 24, 2006, stating that they had been unable to obtain documentary evidence of its registration or origin port at this stage, but materials recovered indicated the vessel was the Jian Seng, though the name and identifying features had been painted over.

Since no owner of the ship could ever be located, it was towed to deep water on April 21, 2006 and scuttled.

6. MV Joyita

MV Joyita was a merchant vessel from which 25 passengers and crew mysteriously disappeared in the South Pacific in 1955.

The Joyita left Samoa carrying 16 crew members and 9 passengers, including a government official, a doctor, a copra buyer, and two children.

Her cargo consisted of medical supplies, timber, empty oil drums and various foodstuffs.

The voyage was expected to take between 41 and 48 hours. She was scheduled to return with a cargo of copra. The Joyita was scheduled to arrive in the Tokelau Islands on October 5.

On October 6 a message from Fakaofo port reported that the ship was overdue. No ship or land-based operator reported receiving a distress signal from the crew.

No sign of the Joyita nor any of her passengers or crew were found after days of searching.

7. Kaz II

The Kaz II, dubbed “the ghost yacht”, is a 9.8-meter catamaran which was found drifting 88 nautical miles (160 km) off the northern coast of Australia on April 18, 2007.

The Kaz II departed from Airlie Beach on April 15, 2007, and was heading for Townsville on the first leg of a journey that was to take it around Northern Australia to Western Australia.

On April 20, maritime authorities caught up with the boat and boarded it. They found that three-man crew missing in circumstances which they described as being “strange.”

“What they found was a bit strange in that everything was normal; there was just no sign of the crew,” said Jon Hall, Queensland’s Emergency Management office.

The Office revealed that the yacht was in serviceable condition and was laid out as if the crew were still on board. Food and flatware were set out on the table, a laptop computer was set up and turned on, and the engine was still running.

Officials also confirmed that the boat’s emergency systems, including its radio and GPS were fully functional, and that it still had its full complement of life jackets.

8. Zebrina

Zebrina was built in 1873 at Whitstable, originally intended to trade in the River Plate. She was discovered aground on the coast of France in October 1917 with her crew missing.

The Zebrina sailed from Falmouth in October 1917, commanded by Captain Martin, with a cargo of Swansea coal for Saint-Brieuc, France.

Two days later she was found ashore on Rozel Point, south of Cherbourg, without damage except for some disarrangement of her rigging, but without her crew.

At the time it was assumed that her crew had been taken off by a U-boat preparatory to the submarine sinking the vessel by gunfire. The U-boat presumably sighted, or was sighted by, an Allied vessel and departed the scene before she could sink the Zebrina, and was later sunk herself with the crew of the Zebrina aboard.

9. Schooner Jenny

The Jenny was a British schooner that reportedly became frozen in an ice-barrier of the Drake Passage in 1823, only to be rediscovered years later by a whaling ship, the bodies onboard being preserved by the Antarctic cold.

According to the account, the ghost ship was discovered by Captain Brighton of the whaler Hope on September 22, 1840, after having been locked in the ice for 17 years.

The party that boarded the ship found the last log entry by the captain, which read: May 4, 1823. No food for 71 days.

“I am the only one left alive.”

The last port of call had been Lima, Peru. The cold had preserved the ship. The captain was found sitting in a chair with the pen still in his hand (exactly as in the Octavius legend). The Jenny had seven people aboard, including one woman, and a dog.

10. Baychimo

On October 1, 1931, at the end of a trading run and loaded with a cargo of fur, Baychimo became trapped in pack ice. The crew briefly abandoned the ship, travelling over a half-mile of ice to the town of Barrow to take shelter for two days, but then the ship broke free of the ice and the crew returned.

The ship became mired again on October 8, more thoroughly this time, and on October 15 the Hudson’s Bay Company sent aircraft to retrieve the crew.

The crew decided that the ship was unlikely to survive the winter, retrieved the most valuable furs from the hold to transport by air. The Baychimo was abandoned.

The Baychimo did not sink, however, and over the next several decades there were numerous sightings of the ship. People managed to board her several times, but each time they were either unequipped to salvage the ship or driven away again by bad weather.

The last recorded sighting of the Baychimo was by a group of Inuit in 1969, 38 years after she was abandoned. She was stuck fast in the pack ice of the Beaufort Sea between Point Barrow and Icy Cape in the Chukchi Sea off the northwestern Alaskan coast.


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