Flying Dutchman ghost/pirate ship model (2024)

Flying Dutchman

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The Flying Dutchman story

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Legend has it that around the mid-17th century a Dutch vessel was trying to round the Cape of Good Hope at the tip of Africa. The seas there are notoriously treacherous and storms can make conditions even worse. The captain of the ship was anxious to get home and tried to round the Cape in bad weather.

Despite facing the desperate conditions, the captain would not turn back, cursing to the heavens that he would round the Cape "even if it took all of eternity." He muttered that he would rather sail until doomsday than sit out the storm at anchor. Angrily, he announced that even the Almighty couldn’t stop him. When a heavenly figure appeared on deck, he shot at it. The divine visitor then proclaimed that the ship would never again find rest, and whoever sees it would also be stricken by disaster.

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The Flying Dutchman has been seen by sailors in those waters for hundreds of years. Its appearance is considered a harbinger of doom.

One of the most famous sightings was first by a seaman then by Prince George in 1881. Prince George later became King George V. The seaman who first sighted the Dutchman fell off from the topmast and died later in the same day. Also in 1881 a Swedish merchantman passed in the path of the Flying Dutchman. Upon sighting the Dutchman the lookout fall from his post and died but not before saying he saw the Flying Dutchman. A second lookout was sent up the mast and he died two days later.

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A few years later, an American ship whose name was Relentless was rounding the Cape of Good Hope. After spotting the Flying Dutchman, the captain ordered the helmsman to head for the Dutchman so he could get a better look but the helmsman died at the wheel. Later that night, three crewmen were washed away.
In later years, the Flying Dutchman was encountered again. In 1911 the Orkney Belle came across it. This ship, in 1914, was the first British ships sunk in the war.

In 1939, over sixty people saw the Dutchman head toward the beach then disappear right before their eyes. This took place in South Africa.

In 1942, according to Admiral Karl Doenitz of the German Navy, U boats had logged sightings of the Flying Dutchman. Also in the same year, the Flying Dutchman was sighted by HMS Jubilee. Nicholas Monsarrat, author of The Cruel Sea was on watch and signaled to the ship but received no reply. He made a log book entry that a tall ship of an unknown class was moving under full sail yet there was no wind.

In 1943 four people in Capetown saw the Dutchman disappear behind an island. In 1959 the Staat Magelhaen had a ship appear in front of it on a collision course. Just as the ships were about to collide, the FlyingDutchman disappeared. A person was visible at the wheel. The man at the wheel is said to be her captain Van Decken serving his sentence of damnation. During storms the Cape lighthouse often reported seeing The Flying Dutchman.

How could anyone be sure that they were looking at the Flying Dutchman unless they could read the name on the side of the ship? Sir Walter Scott wrote about the Dutchman and said "She is distinguished from earthly vessels by bearing a press of sail when other vessels are unable, from stress of weather, to show an inch of canvas."

Here comes the Flying Dutchman,
Comes fast through the hissing spray,
And proceeding by the tempest he heads for Table Bay.
With bird-like speed he's borne along before the howling blast,
But he never can cast anchor there, for the Bay, alas, he's passed.

- Traditional English Ballad

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What is the Flying Dutchman ghost ship? ›

Flying Dutchman, in European maritime legend, spectre ship doomed to sail forever; its appearance to seamen is believed to signal imminent disaster.

What kind of ghost is the Flying Dutchman? ›

The Flying Dutchman (Dutch: De Vliegende Hollander) is a legendary ghost ship, allegedly never able to make port, but doomed to sail the sea forever. The myths and ghost stories are likely to have originated from the 17th-century Golden Age of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) and of Dutch maritime power.

Was the Flying Dutchman a real ship in real life? ›

The 1821 version of the story introduced the captain of the ship, Vander Decken, and his wish for the British ship to deliver long-lost letters to the long-dead that he and his crew's left behind. Some interpretations of the legends infer that the Flying Dutchman was based on a real Dutch ship called De Snoeper.

Did King George V see the Flying Dutchman? ›

1881: Three HMS Bacchante crewmembers, including King George V, saw the ship. The next day, one of the men who saw it fell from the rigging and died. 1879: The SS Pretoria's crew saw the ghost ship. 1911: A whaling ship almost collided with her before she vanished.

What is the true story of the Flying Dutchman? ›

In real life the Flying Dutchman was a 17th century Dutch merchantman, captained by Captain Hendrick Van Der Decken, a skilled seaman but one of few scruples, and in 1680 was proceeding from Amsterdam to Batavia in the Dutch East Indies.

Why is the Flying Dutchman cursed? ›

The Flying Dutchman was a sea captain who once found himself struggling to round the Cape of Good Hope during a ferocious storm. He swore that he would succeed even if he had to sail until Judgment Day. The Devil heard his oath, and took him up on it; the Dutchman was condemned to stay at sea forever.

What did the Flying Dutchman look like? ›

The Flying Dutchman is said to appear as a ghostly, glowing ship. It will materialise suddenly and then, just as suddenly, vanish. Some claim the ship, doomed to sail the seas forever, will attempt to make contact with other travellers, and that seeing the Flying Dutchman is a sign of horrible misfortune to come.

When was the last sighting of the Flying Dutchman? ›

There have been many sightings over the years, although the last reported one was by a Nazi submarine in WWII. Some sightings involved the Flying Dutchman sailing quickly through calm waters while the majority of sailors have spotted it during extremely stormy weather with wind and waves crashing all around.

Who controls the Flying Dutchman? ›

Davy Jones is the near-immortal god of passing to the afterlife and Jack Sparrow's and Will Turner's archenemy. He is the captain of the Flying Dutchman (based on the legendary ghost ship of the same name), whose crew consists of humans who traded 100 years of servitude for immortality, and master of The Kraken.

Was the Black Pearl a real ship? ›

Armed with thirty-two guns and bearing the appearance of a ghost ship, the Black Pearl, albeit entirely fictional, is now the most famous pirate ship of all time.

What happened to the Flying Dutchman ship? ›

In all, 13 members of the crew reported seeing it. Inevitably, tragedy struck. 'At 10.45 am”', they reported, 'the ordinary seaman who had this morning reported the Flying Dutchman fell from the foretopmast crosstrees on to the topgallant forecastle and was smashed to atoms'.

Why can't Elizabeth go on the Flying Dutchman? ›

According to an answer to a question from this leaflet from the At World's End DVD: Will's father is not alive—he and all the other crewmen on the Dutchman are in a state between the living and the dead. Elizabeth will not survive the journeys where the ship must travel—so she is not able to join the crew.

What was the first appearance of the Flying Dutchman? ›

"Scaredy Pants" marks the first appearance of The Flying Dutchman.

What is the lore of the ghost ship? ›

Ghost ships, sometimes also called phantom ships, are vessels with no living crew aboard. These may be real derelict ships found adrift with their crew missing, such as the 19th century HMS Resolute, or fictional and folkloric ones, like the apocryphal Octavius.

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