The Ourang Medan
The legend of the Ourang Medan may be one of the creepiest maritime ghost stories ever told. It goes as follows: two American ships received a signal from a Dutch cargo ship in distress. When the rescuers boarded the ship to save the crew, they made quite a grisly discovery. The entire crew was dead, without any signs of foul play.It is said that terror was frozen on the faces of the corpses, which lie all throughout the ship, many with their arms reaching out for help. Before an investigation could get under way, the ship burst into flames, burning any evidence which may have helped solve the mystery of the Ourang Medan.
Legend has it that the Octavius traveled from England to the Orient in 1761, and made it there the following year. However, on the trip back home—while traveling through the Northwest Passage—it became lodged in ice, and its crew members died. The Octavius was found drifting off the coast of Greenland, the crew members still below board, frozen to death, 13 years later.
"May 4, 1823. No food for 71 days. I am the only one left alive," reads an ominous entry of the Jenny's captain's logbook. When whaling boat Hope came upon the Jenny 17 years later, said captain and his crew were found aboard, frozen to death.
The SS Baychimo
The cargo ship the SS Baychimo was an abandoned ship found lodged in ice in the Arctic Ocean. The ship eventually broke free of the ice and began floating sans-crew, onto the ocean. Several attempts have been made to board and stop the ship, but to no avail. The last sighting of SS Baychimo, which up until then had been frequent, was in 1969, 38 years after its initial discovery. Though a 2006 investigation was launched to find the ship's whereabouts, these attempts were unsuccessful, and the SS Baychimo presumably still sails the sea to this day.