Flying Dutchman is a phantom ship said to be seen in the Cape of Good
Hope. The legend is as follows…
was a ship sailing from Amsterdam to Batavia (today’s Jakarta). A
particularly good Dutch mariner, Hendrik Van der Decken, captained it.
However, the ship met up with a raging storm, and the ship had done all it
could to stop the ship from sinking. The captain was very persistent,
claiming that even the Almighty couldn’t stop him. Then a heavenly
figure appeared on deck. Van der Decken then shot at it. The divine
visitor then proclaimed that the ship would never again find rest, and
whoever sees it would also be stricken by disaster.
And thus, the legend of the Flying Dutchman continues. Many visions of it have occurred, and have claimed at least one ship, which had Prince George, Britain’s future King at that time, on board. The ship saw the Flying Dutchman, and met with disaster, as foretold.
could it be?
It could genuinely be a proclamation by the Almighty, that it was
to remain forever, sailing lonely. It could also be a sea mirage or just a
Scientists have said that it could be a mirage, and that it was only a mere sighting of real ships. However, the design of the Flying Dutchman does not look like any modern ship. It looked more like a Dutch East Indiaman, which is exactly what the real original ship had been.
Again, this is another compelling mystery, which will not be solved for sometime. Perhaps in the future, we will have the means of telling if it really is a ghost or if it is just a mirage or hallucination.