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Top 5 Mysterious Ghost Ships

These ghost ships aren’t home to phantom sailors, but they are equally mysterious, with crews that seemingly vanished in thin air. The stories of these mysterious ships are always very interesting. Here are some of the famous ghost ships of the maritime world.

Abandoned historic sailing ship in the stormy sea. Wooden sailboat sails in a storm at ocean. A mysterious boat in stormy waves.Milkovasa/Shutterstock

The Mary Celeste

On November 7, 1872, a captain, his wife, two-year-old daughter, and seven crewmen set out from New York to Italy aboard the Mary Celeste. A month later, they should have arrived, but the British ship Dei Gratia caught sight of the boat drifting in the Atlantic. The crew went onto the Mary Celeste to help anyone onboard but found it completely empty.

Six months’ worth of food and the crew’s belongings were still there, but its lifeboat was gone. The ship’s floor was covered in three feet of water, but that was far from flooded or beyond repair. It’s become one of the world’s most famous ghost ships—thanks largely to the fact that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle used the boat as inspiration for his short story, “J. Habakuk Jephson’s Statement”—with theories from pirates to mutiny to murder.

The most likely explanation is that the captain didn’t know the extent of the damage and ordered the crew to abandon the ship at the first sight of the land, but the world will never know for sure.

Anchor on the embankment and the cruiser "Mikhail Kutuzov" in the port of Novorossiysk, Russia

The Carroll A. Deering

The Carroll A. Deering cargo ship and its ten-man crew successfully made it to Rio de Janeiro in 1920, despite needing to change captains when its original one fell ill, but something strange happened on its way back to Virginia.

A lightship keeper in North Carolina said a crewman who didn’t seem very officer-like reported the ship had lost its anchors while the rest of the crew was milling about suspiciously.


The Carroll A. Deering was built in Bath, Maine, in 1919 by the G.G. Deering Company for commercial use. The owner of the company named the ship after his son. One of the last large commercial sailing vessels, the ship was designed to carry cargo and had been in service for a year when it began its final voyage to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Another ship spotted the Carroll A. Deering near Outer Banks the next day in an area that would have been a strange course for a ship on its way to Norfolk, Virginia. The following day, a shipwreck was spotted, but dangerous conditions kept investigators away for four days.

When they went aboard, they found food laid out as if they were getting ready for a meal, but the crew’s personal belongings and the lifeboats were gone.

The federal government followed leads on pirates, mutinies, and more, but they all came up fruitless.

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OCTAVIUS The story about this ship is very fascinating. On October 11, 1775, the whaler ship Herald found it. The crew of the Herald thought was probably a weather-beaten boat and they decided to give it a closer inspection. They discovered the 28 sailors, frozen stiff, motionless, and blue. And when they reached the Captain’s office, they found his body frozen at his desk, still holding the pen.
The inkwell and other everyday items were still in their place on the desk. Turning around, they saw a woman wrapped in a blanket on the bunk, frozen to death, along with the body of a young boy. This ship had started its journey in 1761 and was found by Herald after 14 years.
The crew of the Herald were frightened of the Octavius and feared that it was cursed, so they simply left it adrift. To this day, it has never been sighted again.
The S.S. Ourang Medan


 In 1947 the Dutch Freighter SS Ourang Medan sent a cryptic SOS in Morse code; “All Officers, including the Captain, are dead. Lying in chartroom and bridge. Possibly the whole crew is dead.
This communication was followed by a burst of indecipherable Morse code, then a final, grim message: “I die.” Radio directional equipment established the ship’s last position and an American merchant ship some 19hrs away, the Silver Star, was sent to investigate and render aid. The ship was found adrift approximately 50 miles from her Indicated position.
The decks of the vessel were littered with the corpses of the Dutch crew; their eyes wide, their arms grasping at unseen assailants, their faces twisted into revolting visages of agony and horror. Even the ship’s dog was dead. The rescue party noticed several things that seemed strange. When the ambient temperature was over 100 F.
They felt a disturbing chill that was emanating from somewhere on the ship. The bodies of the dead crewmen had no injuries to account for their deaths. It could also be seen that the bodies were decomposing quicker the normal.

The ship didn’t seem to have suffered any damage itself. That is why the Captain of the Silver Star ordered the S.S. Ourang Medan to be towed back for salvage. When the ships were tied together, the smoke was seen to be coming from the No.4 cargo hold of the freighter.

The name of the ship that found the Ourang Medan is never mentioned, but the location of the encounter is described as 400 nautical miles (740 km; 460 mi) southeast of the Marshall Islands.

The second and third articles describe the experiences of the sole survivor of the Ourang Medan crew, who was found by an Italian missionary and natives on Taongi Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

The man, before perishing, tells the missionary that the ship was carrying a badly stowed cargo of oil of vitriol and that most of the crew perished because of the poisonous fumes escaping from broken containers. According to the story, the Ourang Medan was sailing from an unnamed small Chinese port to Costa Rica and deliberately avoided the authorities.

The survivor, an unnamed German, died after telling his story to the missionary, who told the story to the author, Silvio Scherli of Trieste, Italy. The Dutch newspaper concludes with a disclaimer:

Vessel at stormy sea

The Jian Seng

Some ghost ships are so mysterious, that they barely even have a backstory. In 2006, the Australian Coastwatch found a ship floating in the sea. It had a broken tow rope, so being lost while dragged around the water would explain why it was empty.

But that was about all investigators could go on. The name Jian Seng was printed on the side, but there was nothing else to identify the ship. Investigations found no records of distress signals, no identifying documents or belongings, and no reports of a missing boat.

They couldn’t even figure out who it belonged to or where it came from. The most they can figure out is that it probably supplied food and fuel to fishing boats, but that didn’t answer why no one tried to save it when it broke off

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