FANTOMA SHIPS, an impossible mystery to unravel

In the 16th-17th centuries, the Netherlands had a period of glory in terms of navigation. The Netherlands was trading the farthest corners of the world. These trips were not without danger and perils.

Many incidents are related to the appearance of ghost ships. A first appearance occurred in 1639, near the Cape of Good Hope. It is about a black ship like the pitcher that passed with speed past a Dutch schooner.


The sailors considered the ship to be the devil's breath. Over time, other ghostly occurrences have been observed in the same area. The ships appeared from the blue and moved at very high speeds. In addition, no sailor was observed on the deck.

In the nineteenth century, specialists studied the area and considered that these occurrences are caused by very strong atmospheric currents that generated illusions or hallucinations. However, the idea of ​​ghost ships continued to spread. There have been other cases of such occurrences along the planetary ocean.

In the South Atlantic, in Antarctica, sailors have witnessed ghost ship meetings. More than 39 vessels have disappeared as a result of such meetings. Those who escaped from these tragedies spoke of the appearance of ghost ships that triggered the disaster.

The Flying Dutchman is a curse of seafaring stories. He also has an identity, Captain Barrent Fokke, a sea wolf, who created his fame after bypassing the Cape of Good Hope in just two months, an extraordinary performance for the eighteenth century.

Fokker repeated the performance twice a year, so he was credited with making a pact with the devil. After a while, the captain's ship disappeared. Many have claimed that the devil took his reward, Fokker's soul. Since then, his ship has been chaotic wandering the oceans.

A dramatic case occurred in the 19th century. The crew of Captain Van Decken's ship was suffering from an unknown disease. Because of this they were not allowed to disembark. Today, the ship is travelling on seas and oceans, in an endless wandering.
About the ships Năluca is said to have been hit by a curse, a Faustian pact, a pact with the devil. One of the best-known long-distance captains, Owen, noted in the logbook about an at least bizarre encounter with a ship. The ship appeared suddenly and there were several sailors on board. Owen lowered several boats, in which he and several sailors left for the ship. When they approached a few tens of meters, the ship disappeared.

Owen claimed that this was the frigate Barracuda, which he had met several times. The captain's report sparked a lot of interest and research was done that revealed that the frigate was at 550 km distance at the time of the incident, which would have made the meeting impossible.

Another incident occurred in 1933, off the coast of Terra Nova. The British Sickby freighter was about to collide with the Wyer Sergent, a Liverpool ship that had been burnt down in 1928, and had been withdrawn from circulation. At the last moment, Wyer Sergeant disappeared into nothingness, as he had appeared.

Inexplicable is the fact that the ship was devastated by a fire in 1928, and the wreck was on a shipyard in Liverpool.

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