The Flying Dutchman was a part of the Dutch East India Companys fleet of ships, sailing between the Netherlands and the East Indies, carrying silks, spices, dyes, and other exotic items from Asia to Europe.
The ship was caught in a storm while returning to Amsterdam.
As the vessel started to round the Cape, a terrible storm hit, putting the ship in danger of capsizing. Though sailors argued Captain to turn around, he ordered his crew to go ahead.
The ship and its crew were lost to a watery grave...
According to mythology, this angered the gods, who punished his soul by trapping him in the ship for eternity.
The crew became immortal, and cannot be killed until released from service.
Also, the more they stayed on the ship, they forgot who they were, ultimately becoming one with the ghost ship
In other versions, the devil overheard him and condemned him to sail forever in his boat.
However, the devil gave him a way out to redeem himself through the love of a faithful woman.
Hence, every seven years, the Captain is allowed to come to land to search for his one true love, and find salvation through her.
Of all the ghost ships perceived to be seen, the spectre of the Flying Dutchman is considered the worst.
Haunted ships have always been typecast as omens of ill luck and potentially fatal incidents.
The Flying Dutchman, is a legendary ghost ship doomed to sail the oceans forever, since it cant make port.
Originated in the 17th century, there are several stories about the myth of the Flying Dutchman.
Some point to a cursed vessel, while a few suggest the Dutchman refers to the ships Captain, who was destined not to make land despite all his efforts.
The Flying Dutchman has been captured in paintings, television series, and movies such as 'At Worlds End', and 'Dead Mans Chest' from the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' films.
While the Flying Dutchman might be a fable, warning people of arrogance and recklessness at seas, many claimed to have sighted the ghost ship.
There have been references to the Flying Dutchman for more than two centuries.
Sighting accounts differ as few claim it was a spectral schooner seen under full sail; some witnessed it sailing through the fog or rough water, while many claims to encounter the ghost ship making significant headway in the calm waters.
Right from the time the myth emerged in the 1600s, various sightings of the ghost vessel were reported on the Cape of Good Hope.
All these sightings happened when the weather was extremely stormy, and the gales lashed hard.
According to the narrations, the ghost vessel came across as being caught in the storm, and almost on the verge of colliding with rocks before vanishing into the darkness.....
The Dutchman became the harbinger of death and impending doom for vessels that have sighted it.
It has also been retold countless times that letters and messages used to be passed onto those ships that passed the Dutchman in their route.
The crews opening of these letters and messages resulted in the vessels destruction and the crew
Prominent amongst these reports of sightings is the one seen by the H.M.S. Bacchante, a British Royal Naval vessel, in 1881.
Future King George V, who was serving as a midshipman as a part of the vessel crew, and Prince Albert Victor are said to have sighted the ghost ship in the Australian waters at around 4o clock in the morning.
This sighing of the Flying Dutchman can reportedly be found in the Admiraltys official publications in 'The Cruise of H.M.S. Bacchante'.
While the Prince did not encounter any fatality, the seafarer who had first reported about the ghost vessel sighting met his end after falling from the topmast.
This led to further credibility to the ominous sighting of the Dutchman among the seafarers of yore.
In another incident, a British vessel came near to having a collision with the so-called ghost ship on a stormy night in 1835, when the vessel was approaching under full sail but vanished suddenly.
The other famous incident occurred in 1939 when a group of people near Table Bay in Cape Town, on the southern coast of Africa, reported seeing the haunted vessel sailing toward shore under full sail, before disappearing.
The latest sighting of the vessel was reported during World War ll.
According to reports, a German submarine boat, under the command of Nazi Admiral Karl Dönitz, sighted the Flying Dutchman during their voyage through the east of Suez.
The Flying Dutchman from 'The Pirates of the Caribbean'