Category: ghost ship


​The ghost ship legend of the HMS Octavius,

the legend begins in 1762 that the Octavius sailed with a cargo to China and arrived there safely. Back to England it was unusually warm, so the Captain decided to take the route through the Northwest Passage. That was the last thing Octavius heard, she disappeared into the eternal ice. On 11 October, however, she was found by a whaler named Herald. A small boarding group was selected and so five unfortunate men had to board the ship. What they found made their blood freeze in the truest sense of the word.  They found the entire crew of 28 below deck: dead, frozen, and almost perfectly preserved. The captain’s body was supposedly still at the table in his cabin, pen in hand (exactly as in the Schooner Jenny legend) with the captain’s log in front of him. In his cabin there were also the bodies of a woman, a boy covered with a blanket, and a sailor with a tinderbox. The boarding party took only the captain’s log before leaving the vessel, because they were unwilling to search it. The last entry in the log was from 11 November 1762, which meant that the ship had been lost in the Arctic for 13 years. As the log was frozen, it slipped from the binding, leaving only the first and the last few pages in.


Is this a real story or is it just a legend ? The author David Meyer once took a closer look at this legend and found some very interesting things. There is a 1905, Gloriana legend that appeared in The Blue Adventure Book: A Collection of Stirring Scenes and Moving Accidents from The World of Adventure and reported that a John Warren’s captain of the the Try Again found a ghost ship with a frozen crew. Only other names and not a word from the Northwest Passage but the story seems to agree with the Octavius. Only who was the source ? this is not mentioned in the book and it is from 1905 the story allegedly occurred in 1775. The earliest version of this story appeared December 13, 1828 in a Philadelphia-based newspaper named The Ariel: A Literary and Critical Gazette. The article is entitled The Dangers of Sailing in High Latitudes. Also here the experiences of a Captain Warren with a ghost ship and its hypothermic crew are told.

All in all a nice little ghost story with a frozen crew on a ghost ship or should it have been true in the end…. who knows ? 😉

“  Leviathan  “  …  Ghost ship model created by Canadian artist:  Jason Stieva  [8′ tall, 7.5′ long, 2.5′ wide]


The Mary Celeste, The Unluckiest Ship To Ever Sail The Seven Seas

“It’s the stuff of maritime legend: a ship sighted in the distance, hailed without response, and boarded to reveal a vessel under full sail, its wheel creaking aimlessly, cabin doors slamming open and shut in the wind, and … not a soul onboard.  

On Dec. 4, 1872, it actually happened”


Sea and Land by J. W. Buel, 1889 from stevelewalready


Ghost Ship – fantasy art by Christian Bravery


The Caleuche is a mythical ghost ship that is said to appear in the coast of Chiloé, an archipielago in the south of Chile. There are several interpretations of the legend, but the most popular one is that the ship itself is sentient and looking for revenge, and that is full of the ghosts of people who have drowned in the area. Music from a party can be heard from the ship and some unfortunate humans are drawn to it, losing themselves and becoming part of the eerie crew.


Awesome Cardboard Ghost Ship


The Octavius was discovered West of Greenland on October 11, 1775. Crew members boarded The Octavius and discovered the crew dead and frozen solid. The Captain of the ship was found in his cabin, frozen at his desk with his pen still in his hand. He was found accompanied by a deceased woman and a child covered in a blanket. The ship’s log showed that the ship had been afloat with the frozen crew on-board for over thirteen years.