10 Ghost Ship Mysteries That Can’t Be Explained

by Khushbu Agarwal11 months ago

6 The HMS Resolute, a British Royal Navy ship, was sent to find another lost expedition in Northwest Passage but met a similar fate. She was found abandoned and adrift in 1855 off the coast of Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic. She was retrieved and retired in 1879. Later, her timber was used by almost every American president in the Oval office.

HMS Resolute
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You may have heard of many resurrection stories, but this one will amuse you. It is the journey of the HMS Resolute going from the Arctic to the US president’s Oval Office. Let’s go back to May 1845 when British explorer Sir John Franklin launched an expedition to discover the nonexistent Northwest Passage. Unfortunately, he was declared lost during the expedition. Then, the HMS Resolute set sail to find the remains of the Franklin expedition. However, the Resolute met with the same fate. It was lodged in an ice floe and abandoned by the crew. No trace of the crew was ever found.

When a ship was discovered in 1855 abandoned and adrift off the coast of Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic, it turned out to be HMS Resolute. The ship’s captain’s cabin remained untouched with glasses, Bible, teapot, and a glass full of liquor on his desk. A British flag was draped over the ship’s commander chair. The ship was eventually retrieved, and after its retirement in 1879, her timbers were used to construct the desks which are used by almost every American president in the Oval Office. (source)

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7 In 2006, a ghost ship was found by the Australian Coastwatch abandoned and floating off the coast of Queensland, Australia. The name printed on the ship was Jian Seng. There were no signs of distress; only a large quantity of rice was found onboard. No one knows where it came from or who owned it.

Jian Seng
Image credit: SMH.com.au

Ghost ship tales get much scarier when an abandoned ship gets discovered with no records, no one knows where it came from or to whom it belonged. One such ship was the Jian Seng which was found in 2006 by the Australian Coastwatch. It was drifting off the coast of Queensland, Australia.

The name printed on the ship was Jian Seng. It had a broken tow rope but no signs of distress signals, no identifying documents or belongings, and no missing reports of a missing vessel. The investigators couldn’t even figure out where the vessel came from or who owned it and why it was drifting in Australian waters. (source)

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8 The Kaz II, dubbed as “the ghost yacht,” is a catamaran that was found drifting and deserted off the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. On April 18, 2007, authorities discovered her, but there were no signs of distress, the food was laid out on tables, a laptop computer was on, and the engine was running. The fate of the three men who had been onboard remains a mystery, and no one knows how disappeared.

Ghost Ship Kazz II
Image credits: Queensland Police/sail-world.com

The Kaz II, dubbed as “the ghost yacht,” set sail in April 2007 with two brothers and a skipper. They were going on a two-month journey around Australia, but little did they know that their two-month-long expedition would be shortened to only three days. On April 18, 2007, the maritime authorities found Kaz II off the Great Barrier Reef.

The yacht was deserted with no signs of distress, food was laid out on the table, knives were strewn on the floor, a laptop was on, and the engine was running. According to the conspiracy theories, these three men were inexperienced sailors and drowned after falling overboard. However, no one can be certain as to what happened to those three because their bodies were never recovered. (source)

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9 In 2016, a ghost ship was found by a fisherman drifting off the coast of the Philippines. He found the mummified body of the German sailor, Manfred Fritz Bajorat. He was slumped over the desk of the yacht Sajo. It was believed he died of natural causes, and the dry-salty conditions on board caused his body to mummify, but no one knows what’s true.

Sajo
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Discovering an abandoned ship is scary, but finding out a deserted ship with a mummified body is something else! In 2016, a ghost ship was found 62 miles drifting off the coast of the Philippines. The fisherman discovering the vessel was greeting with the ghostly sight of a mummified body in the ship, a person laying with his head over a desk by the radio, possibly trying to make a desperate call before his death.

After the post mortem, the body was discovered to be that of the ship’s captain, Manfred Fritz Bajorat. Authorities stated that there were no signs of foul play, and Bajorat might have died of natural causes, maybe a heart attack and the dry-salty conditions of the sea had caused his body to mummify. (source)

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10 For years, hundreds of battered wooden “ghost boats” are drifting in the waters of Japan. The only cargo they have is the corpses of starved North Korean fishermen. In 2019, more than 150 of these vessels had washed ashore in Japan, and there have been more than 500 of these in past years.

For the past few years, hundreds of battered wooden boats, dubbed as “ghost boats,” have been drifting through the Sea of Japan for months. Surprisingly, these boats’ only cargo is terrifying corpses of starved North Korean fishermen. A recent study based on satellite data concluded that China has been sending an invisible armada of industrial boats to illegally fish in North Korean waters, which forced out the smaller boats of North Korea and resulted in a decline of the once-abundant squid stocks of more than 70%. In 2019, more than 150 of these vessels had washed ashore in Japan, and in the past few years, there have been more than 500 cases of drifting boats. (source)

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