Here are THREE Ghostship Legends to Get Your Weekend Spooked
There have been many ship incidents in the past which have spooked the hell out of us. Some unsolved mysteries still send a chill through the spine and also make for a worthy weekend read.
The Iron Mountain Riverboat reportedly sank in 1882. The 181 feet long boat had been on the Mississippi River for more than a decade. As per reports, while on its way from Vicksburg, The Iron Mountain hit an obstruction at Stumpy Point, near Island 102, and doom dawned upon it. 25th March 1882, it was, as soon as the boat hit the rocks, the onboard crew scrambled to save their lives and they successfully did. The incident reported only one tragic death, it was of the boat’s chambermaid/ship stewardess named Mrs. Ellen Anderson. She was caught below decks and killed, and her body was recovered the next day with some wreckage. Surprisingly the ship was gone.
This 26-gun Royal Navy Corvette was the victim of one of Britain’s worst peacetime naval disasters. Manned Captain Marcus Augustus Stanley Hare and his crew, Eurydice was en route a three-month tour from Portsmouth to the West Indies and Bermuda. The date was 13th November 1877. On her way back from Bermuda for Portsmouth, on 24th March 1878, the ship had to fight a heavy snow storm off the Isle of Wight. And the battle was lost. Eurydice gave up to the calamity and capsized. Only two survived out of the 319 onboard.
Subsequently, the Ghost of Eurydice has been spotted on various occasions. The Ship is said to have been giving nightmares to those who visit Dunnose, a cape on the Isle of Wight. The same place where Eurydice lost her life. In the latest incidents on 17th October 1998, Prince Edward of the United Kingdom reportedly saw the three-masted ship off the Isle of Wight while filming for the television series “Crown and Country”, and the film crew claimed to have captured its image on film.
SS Valencia had an untimely fate and has been one of the victims of the ‘Graveyard of the Pacific’, a famously treacherous area off the southwest coast of Vancouver Island. This iron-hulled passenger steamer was built as a minor ocean liner and had been classified as a second class vessel. On 20th January 1906, the weather in San Francisco was clear, and Valencia set off with nine officers, 56 crew members and at least 108 passengers aboard. The next day the weather worsened and hell broke loose. Visibility was low and a strong wind started to blow from the southeast. According to reports, unable to make celestial observations, the ship’s crew was forced to rely on dead reckoning to determine their position.It missed the entrance to the Strait of Juan de Fuca and just before midnight on 22 January, she struck a reef near Pachena Point on the southwest coast of Vancouver Island. Only 12 men survived.
The scene at the wreck was horrific, as one of the few survivors, Chief Freight Clerk Frank Lehn recounted:
Screams of women and children mingled in an awful chorus with the shrieking of the wind, the dash of rain, and the roar of the breakers. As the passengers rushed on deck they were carried away in bunches by the huge waves that seemed as high as the ship’s mastheads. The ship began to break up almost at once and the women and children were lashed to the rigging above the reach of the sea. It was a pitiful sight to see frail women, wearing only night dresses, with bare feet on the freezing ratlines, trying to shield children in their arms from the icy wind and rain.
A dramatic end like this instigated theories and rumors. Six months after the unfortunate incident, locals at the crash-site claimed to have seen a lifeboat with eight skeletons in a nearby sea cave at the shoreline of Pachena Bay. With no definite theories, it is still a mystery to how the lifeboat ended up into the cave’s mouth. Some also reported that Valencia’s lifeboats were rowed by skeletons of the victims. More to the stories, while transporting the survivors of Valencia to Seattle, City of Topeka stopped in the water to convey the news of Valencia’s foundering to a passing vessel. Some observers on board claimed they could make out the shape of Valencia within the black exhaust emanating from City of Topeka’s funnel.