The Flying Dutchman is possibly the world’s most famous ghost ship. In the seventeenth century, Captain Henrick Van Der Decken was navigating the Cape of Good Hope when suddenly unfavourable weather struck. Refusing to acknowledge the pleas of the Flying Dutchman’s passengers and crew to seek a port until the storm had passed, the Captain continued in his effort to round the cape. He swore that he would complete this feat even if it took until Doomsday.

The Cape Of Good Hope
The Cape Of Good Hope

Eventually, the ship would be lost and only one or two passengers managed to survive. Legend has it that a supernatural force was responsible for condemning not only the captain but his entire crew to sail the seas forever.

Over the years, sightings of the Flying Dutchman have been reported in the area in which it sank, and many of the reports come from reliable and experienced sailors.

The ghostly sightings of the Dutchman between 1823 and 1942 have had some official recognition, and the majority of these are recorded in the files of the British Admiralty. One of the most famous individuals to see the Dutchman was King George V, He and 12 other witnesses including his brother the Duke of Clarence, then heir to the throne all testified to its existence.

King George V of England
King George V Was A Notable Witness

If you see the Flying Dutchman it is meant to be an omen of disaster. During World War Two Admiral Karl Doenitz, Hitler’s commander-in-chief of U-boats, reported a sighting of the Dutchman. H said that his crews had reported seeing the phantom ship during their tours of duty east of Suez.

Upon returning to base, most of the men said they would have preferred facing the combined strength of the Allied warships in the North Atlantic than experiencing the terror they all felt when being confronted by the worlds most famous ghost ship.

So could the Flying Dutchman really be doomed to sail the seas forever?

Kyle Thompson – Soul Reaper Paranormal