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Ghost Ships

Description: A ghost ship is a supposedly haunted ship, or one found adrift with its crew either missing or dead, or one which has been decommissioned but not yet scrapped. PANICd.com has put together a collection of ghost ship stories which can be found on this page.
A ghost ship, also known as a phantom ship, is a ship with no living crew aboard; it may be a ghostly vessel in folklore or fiction, such as the Flying Dutchman, or a real derelict found adrift with its crew missing or dead, like the Mary Celeste. The term is sometimes used for ships that have been decommissioned but not yet scrapped, such as the Clemenceau.

 

Baychimo

Baychimo
SS Baychimo was a steel-hulled 1,322 ton cargo steamer built in 1914 in Sweden and owned by the Hudson's Bay Company, used to trade provisions for pelts in Inuit settlements along the Victoria Island coast of the Northwest Territories of Canada. She ...

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db# 581

Bel Amica

Bel Amica
The Bel Amica is a ghost ship 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. The coast guard boarded the vessel and steered her away from the rock...

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db# 589

Carrol A. Deering

Carrol A. Deering
Carroll A. Deering was a five-masted commercial schooner that 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...

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db# 579

Eliza Battle

Eliza Battle
The Eliza Battle was a Tombigbee River steamboat that ran a route between Columbus, Mississippi and Mobile, Alabama during the 1850s. She was destroyed in a fire on the river near modern Pennington, Alabama on March 1, 1858. It was the greatest marit...

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db# 582

Flaming Ship of Ocracoke

Flaming Ship of Ocracoke
Unfortunately for them, the captain of the ship was a former pirate. While he had had taken the "King's Oath", the treasure he saw was too much for him to pass up. After speaking with his crew, he conceived a plan to separate the German passengers fr...

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db# 596

Great Eastern

Great Eastern
SS Great Eastern was an iron sailing steam ship designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and built by J. Scott Russell & Co. at Millwall on the River Thames, London. She was by far the largest ship ever built at the time of her 1858 launch, and had the c...

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db# 598

High Aim 6

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

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db# 590

Jian Seng

Jian Seng
The Jian Seng was an 80-metre 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. Photographs were taken and analysed at the Australian Cu...

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db# 591

Kaz II

Kaz II
The Kaz II, dubbed "the ghost yacht", is a 9.8-metre catamaran which was found drifting 88 nmi (163 km) off of the northern coast of Australia on 18 April 2007. The fate of her three-man crew remains unknown, and the mysterious circumstances in which...

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db# 592

Lady Lovibond

Lady Lovibond
The Lady Lovibond (sometimes spelled Luvibond) was a schooner that was wrecked on the Goodwin Sands, off the Kent coast of south-east England, on 13 February 1748, and is said to reappear there every fifty years as a ghost ship.

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db# 587

Mary Celeste

Mary Celeste
The Mary Celeste was a British-American merchant brigantine famous for having been discovered on 4 December 1872 in the Atlantic Ocean, unmanned and apparently abandoned (one lifeboat was missing, along with its crew of seven), although the weather w...

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db# 446

MV Joyita

MV Joyita
MV Joyita was a merchant vessel from which 25 passengers and crew mysteriously disappeared in the South Pacific in 1955. It was found adrift in the South Pacific without its crew on board. The ship was in very poor condition, including corroded pipes...

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db# 583

Octavius

Octavius
The Octavius was a supposed three-masted schooner, probably legendary and not actual. The story goes that the vessel was found west of Greenland by the whaler Herald on October 11, 1775.

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db# 586

Ourang Medan

Ourang Medan
The S.S. Ourang Medan was a Dutch cargo ship, which according to various sources, became a shipwreck in Indonesian waters after its entire crew had died under suspicious circumstances. Skepticism exists about the truthfulness of the story, suggesting...

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db# 588

Schooner Jenny

Schooner Jenny
The Schooner Jenny was an alleged English schooner that became frozen in an ice-barrier of the Drake Passage in 1823, only to be rediscovered in 1840 by a whaling ship, the bodies aboard being preserved by the Antarctic cold. The original report has ...

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db# 594

The Flying Dutchman

The Flying Dutchman
The Flying Dutchman is a legendary ghost ship that can never make port and is doomed to sail the oceans forever. The myth is likely to have originated from 17th-century nautical folklore. The oldest extant version dates to the late 18th century. Sigh...

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db# 584

The Queen Mary

The Queen Mary
The Queen Mary's story is rich with history, elegance and grandeur. From the time her construction began in 1930 in Clydebank, Scotland, she was destined to stand in a class all her own.

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db# 473

U.S.S. Constellation

U.S.S. Constellation
USS Constellation, constructed in 1854, is a sloop-of-war and the second United States Navy ship to carry the name. According to the US Naval Registry the original frigate was disassembled on 25 June 1853 in Gosport Navy Yard in Norfolk, Virginia.

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db# 601

U.S.S. Hornet

U.S.S. Hornet
The aircraft carrier Hornet (CV-12) is the eighth ship of the United States Navy to bear the name. Six earlier Hornets date from 1775, but CV-12's greatest legacy comes from the seventh Hornet (CV-8).

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db# 600

Valencia

Valencia
The SS Valencia was an iron-hulled passenger steamer built as a minor ocean liner for the Red D Line for service between Venezuela and New York City. She was built in 1882 by William Cramp and Sons, one year after the construction of her sister ship ...

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db# 595

Watertown

Watertown
In December of 1924, an oil tanker named the S.S. Watertown sailed from California toward the Panama Canal in route to New Orleans. While they were sailing, James Courtney and Michael Meehan, crew members of the vessel, were cleaning a cargo tank i...

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db# 599

Wreck of the Titan

Wreck of the Titan
A book written several years before the sinking of the Titanic that has several similarities to the sinking of the mighty ship.

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db# 602

Young Teazer

Young Teazer
The Young Teazer was a United States privateer schooner that a member of her crew blew up at Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia during the War of 1812 after a series of British warships chased her and after HMS Hogue trapped her. The schooner became famous for ...

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db# 585

Zebrina

Zebrina
Zebrina was a schooner-rigged, three-masted sailing barge, of 189 tons, 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.

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db# 593

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