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.
The Mary Celeste
In 1872, after just one month at sea, the Mary Celeste was discovered sailing aimlessly near Portugal. Curious, the discoverers boarded the ship, only to find the lone lifeboat was gone and the crew was nowhere to be found.
Piracy and mutiny were ruled out—there weren't any signs of violence aboard the ship, and the crew's belongings were left untouched.Over the years, people have both theorized that the crew abandoned ship, or that the Mary Celeste succumbed to the mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle. Either way, legend has it that every time the ship changed hands, the new owner would sell it after hearing about its history of bad luck. In1887, the boat was purposefully destroyed by its owner.
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.