“Harken unto me the Flying Dutchman is no Lie.:
Words printed in a book written long ago in time written by Sea Captain Fredrick Maryatt from England. It was some 60 years before that the legend first came to light of a ghost ship that sailed through eye of storm trying to land but vanishes before hand. Its sails ripped and torn the ships bell wildly ringing and its Captain strapped to the wheel cursed by the Devil to sail forever the high seas of the Cape.
Many sailors swear they have seen the ship race at them in full sail but vanish before the ships collide. Old stories from my youth in the company of men with faces cracked by sea salt winds and hands like old oak knots with barnacles as fingers. It was a port that rang of legends. Liverpool that rang with the over head railway and royal docks built my great grandfathers own factories made bricks. It was heady and grand with the smell of engine oils and cries of sailors from every port in the known world. Ships that had sailed all seas and mariners that came from the pages of Dickens. Gas light green on the cobbled roads that had felt the tread of Queen Victoria and Gladstone and had brought in King Cotton in the holds of fast clippers .That was my youth and University life in the city that had everything and guitars came of the never never and all could make up songs.
Now I investigate the truth as far back as I am able without made up legend just the bare boned facts.
When skipping through old ships logs I came across H.M.S Bucchante and a report that stood out like a sore thumb. It would have been passed over if not made by a Midshipman who became King George V of England. His report is that a ghostly ship crossed the bow while he was on watch. Some 13 witnesses back this up. The report simple states that the Flying Dutchman crossed the bow of H.M.S Bucchante. This was in 1881 so would a Prince lie? If so he would be mocked but he thought it his duty to report his findings. Out of the 13 witnesses to seeing the ghostly apparition of another ship come so close across her bows that the man on deck with the Midshipman Prince included men and officers. I cant take this lightly as they really believed what they saw was really terrifying stuff.
So determined to go much deep now I searched for more details on the Dutchman.
In 1939 dozens of people at Glencairn Beach in Capetown South Africa reported seeing a ship in full sail race at them in the water at such speed and some saw the ghostly vision of the Captain but it melted away before it reached the shore.
Then we come to Nazi Admiral in charge of U-boat invasion of shipping in the English channel out to the roaring Atlantic in 1942. His report states they saw the Flying Dutchman sail between them in full charge as clear as day. Admiral Karl Donitz reported this to Hitler.
In 1835 a British navy vessel came into near collision with an old sail ship with tall sails. At the last second as the wheelhouse spun the ship around to avoid contact the great vessel flying Dutch colours simply vanished. This led to newspaper cover with many stated witness reports along side article. Wagner wrote his opera of the Flying Dutchman legend in 1841 after reading this news.
Now I gave all I had in time to find the origin of the tale. It really relates to The Dutch East India Company who had a Captain lost at sea but no more details concerned with how it happened. His name was Hendrick Van Der Decken who they think went down with his ship somewhere between port in Holland and the Cape in 1641.
If this is the start of the legend as I am certain it is then we can say we have the first real facts before us.
All stems from this Captain in time and detail it is our man. Is it he who sails the sea forever trying to reach land? Is it he who all report to have witnessed racing by them or even at them and vanishing before impact ? Do ghosts exist and is the Flying Dutchman bound to sail the high seas forever bound to his ships wheel? Well! no smoke without fire and if even the King of England believed the legend what can I say to conclude other than some things are never made for humans to know the answer. For me I have faith that he somehow made contact with evil in life. Real evil and his spirit is not at rest.
The Flying Dutchman is the dead Captain not the altering description of his ship. Therefore it accounts for six different story details of vessels seen. Lighthouse keepers over the centuries at Cape Point lighthouse have record seeing the Dutchman coming out of the mist in various types of old sailing vessels. One account of 1900 gives a chilling tale of watching the Flying Dutchman appear out of a storm that followed him across the wide view of the stormy sea in broad daylight they saw the ship for some minutes before it vanished.
So what old salty Sams told a school boy long ago was not the myth I believed I was being told by expert sea faring men who had sailed before the mast on old sail ships before I was even born.
A ghostly ship in a storm they told me. The Dutchman was coming for them who had died at sea. It was their belief and I was honoured to hear it from the horses mouth. I am forced to say I do believe it exists. Over my life I have sought answers never bare to be fobbed off with lies I wanted only the bones of fact in everything ever done. I have come to the stage that I believe we are here to be tested properly and if we pass being kind and gentle with Gods creatures and see that we are only a spirit housed in flesh and bone and blood as a frame to stay on earth. Then love our brothers and sisters helping all when we are asked then perhaps we can be forgiven for the odd nasty thought. The fact that ghosts may exist are I thought time travel people from the future. Then what do i know only that we see some things at times that make us see beyond the curtain and changes all we thought.
the Flying Dutchman is but a sad wretch in hell for eternity. I think that men who served at sea know far more than me and I in truth will not see them mocked they know he exists they who have seen the hell go past know just how life must be.
Be good be useful be humble be kind. I give you no explanation this time only facts for you to be alert for all truth. It is my belief i say that it is more than possible and too many real reports of this exist be be just a legend.
Yours with deep love for you all no matter where you are at this moment Ill tell you you are not alone ever.
yours Sir Kevin.