What Are the 10 Most Haunted Ghost Ships in the World?

10 Most Haunted Ghost Ships

We present you with one of the mysterious ghost ships of the maritime world that will surely give you a funny feeling and goosebumps.



SV Kaz II was discovered adrift 88 miles from the coast of Australia, near the Great Barrier Reef. This is only five days after it set sail from Airlie Beach in the direction of Townsville, Queensland, in April 2007. According to investigation news, the 12 m catamaran set sail with a three-person crew who were not experienced sailors. However, what happened to them is still a mystery even today.

Their disappearance did not leave a trace and has been considered similar to the crew of Mary Celeste, one ore ship whose crew went missing under strange circumstances. Many believe harsh weather conditions could be a reason; others blame pirates or communists.

Strangely, the vessel was discovered in perfect condition, other than for the one sail, which had been cut to pieces. The three men were never discovered. As per investigators, they might have drowned while trying to untangle a fishing lure held in the vessel’s rudder. It is also envisaged that a sea animal could have swallowed them.

The Caleuche

The Caleuche

It is a tale of the Chilota mythology. It is described as a ghost ships that comes into being every night near the island of Chiloe. The legend says the ship carries the spirits of all those who have drowned at sea.

The Caleuche is ultra beautiful, bright and gay, surrounded by party music sounds and laughter.

However, it only stays for some moments and then suddenly disappears or submerges under water.

The SS Valencia

The SS Valencia

In 1906, the SS Valencia went under the coast of Vancouver, British Columbia, after running into bad weather near Cape Mendocino. It became the subject of mysterious ghost stories.

Eventually, three dozen were saved using lifeboats, among which one disappeared.

Since then, many fishermen have claimed to have witnessed ghost ships sightings with human skeletons even after many decades after the sinking.

The SS Ourang Medan

The SS Ourang Medan

In 1947, two American ships went on a rescue mission while passing through the Strait of Malacca after receiving a distress message from Ourang Medan.

The caller stated to be a crewmember and conveyed the death of everyone else on the ship. His words weirdly ended with “I die.” The rescuers discovered the ship unharmed, but the entire crew. Even the dog died with a terrified face and expression.

Before further investigation, the abandoned ship was burnt and exploded. The probable reason could be too much exposure to nitroglycerin, which it was carrying unlawfully. The other mystery revolves around the tale of paranormal stuff and alien invasion.

The Carroll A. Deering

The Carroll A. Deering

This ship ran aground in the infamous Diamond Shoals close to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, in 1921. It remained stuck for several days before any rescue team could arrive. After off loading a coal shipment, the vessel was travelling from Rio de Janeiro to Norfolk, Virginia.

Later, the Coast Guard found that the abandoned ship’s navigational equipment, logbook, and two lifeboats were missing but otherwise undamaged.

Investigation showed that more ships had also disappeared under mysterious circumstances about the same time. This could be the pirates’ barbarity, crew mutiny, or alien activity around the infamous Bermuda Triangle.

The SS Baychimo

The SS Baychimo

Built in the early 1920s. It is one of the real-life ghost ships. In 1931, it was trapped in the pack ice near Alaska, leaving the owner, Hudson Bay Company, with no hope but to abandon it.

However, it remained floating for the next 38 years and was then sighted floating aimlessly in Alaskan waters.

Weather conditions had always made it impossible to salvage, but it has disappeared completely since 1969. A few expedition programmes have since been launched to trace this mysterious ghost ship.

The Octavius – One of the More Famous Ghost Ships

The Octavius

The ship became more than a mere legend in 1775 when a whale hunting ship named the Herald discovered it aimlessly drifting off the coast of Greenland with all of its staff frozen dead by the arctic cold.

To add to the scary environment, the ship’s captain was discovered sitting at his desk with a logbook in front of him. He had been finishing a log entry since 1762.

This might mean that the Octavius had been on the water for 13 years and completed its passage to the Atlantic while coming back from England from the Orient, crossing the Northwest Passage as a ghost ship.

The MV Joyita Is Among the Known Ghost Ships

MV Joyita

In 1955, this fishing boat was discovered abandoned in the South Pacific many weeks after it had been reported overdue. The air search mission could only trace it once a merchant ship found it drifting nearly 600 miles off its source without any sign of passengers, crew members or cargo. The liferafts, including the firearms and other equipment onboard, were missing.

A doctor’s bag and several bloody bandages were on the deck, and the destroyed radio was tuned to the international distress signal. Still, what happened there is still not clear. This as none of the crew was ever seen again.

The Lady Lovibond

The Lady Lovibond

An exciting tale of love, jealousy and rage complements the tale of this haunted ship. In 1748, the day preceding Valentine’s Day, it was set to sail to celebrate the ship’s captain’s wedding.

Even though his friend, who was too in love with her, out of revenge, steered the ship into the notorious Goodwin Sands, sinking it and killing all on board.

Since then, it has been seen sailing around Kent every fifty years. 1798, 1848, 1898, and 1948 saw this ship’s sightseeing, and some boats sent out rescuers. If we assume it was in distress but later could not be found. Although there was no confirmed was spotted in 1998, this famous ghost ship remains a legend.

The Mary Celeste

The Mary Celeste

The British Ship Dei Gratia found the Mary Celeste on December 4, 1872, near the Strait of Gibraltar. This was weird, as the latter had left New York several days before the Dei Gratia and needed to have reached its destination, Genoa, Italy, till now. However, the boarding people from the British vessel found that below deck, things seemed pretty standard, with no signs of any attack.

Also, all its sails were still up, the crew’s personal things intact, and a cargo hold of more than 1500 alcohol barrels untouched.

The only things not there were the lifeboat, the captain’s logbook, and, most importantly, the entire crew. Since pirate attacks cannot be held responsible for this kind a phenomenon, theories of crew revolt, waterspout killing, and consuming of poisonous food leading to madness emerged.

However, the most reasonable answer could be a storm or technical issue, forcing the crew to right away abandon the ship in the lifeboat and die later at sea.

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