September 22, 2017

The Flying Dutchman



The term Flying Dutchman refers to a ghost ship…one that is doomed to sail the oceans forever and can never pull into any port…there are few nautical myths that are as well- known as the stories that surround the infamous Dutchman…it is said that the ship was illuminated with a pale, ghostly light that sent waves of fear into those that encountered it…if hailed by another ship, then the crew of the Flying Dutchman would make an attempt to send messages to land…or to people who died long ago...in the tall tales of ocean lore, the story of the Flying Dutchman may be the tallest, for if anyone makes sight of this phantom ship, it is said that the vessel that sees it will become doomed…some claim that the ‘sight’ of this ship is merely an optical illusion…the task of this ship was to collect all the unfortunate souls who had died at sea…they would then ferry these souls to the afterlife…for these reasons, the ship became feared by many who sailed the seven seas…it was not one they wanted to meet.

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