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Ghosts at Sea

Ghosts at Sea

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Brisbane Courier 1920 (December 18)
Brisbane Courier 1920 (December 18)

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The Brisbane Courier (Qld.

: 1864-1933), Saturday 18 December 1920, page 12



MARINER." "ANCIENT cauca been Suiíormcu haye always is there no doubt superstitious, and You ol' know, for it. reason plenty





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more inthey're rather and so a' man with clined to fancy things than him. Imaaround the bustle of a town sailing of a standing at tho wheel gine land with the miles from skip many imnu great dark sky seeming to form studded with gleaming cover penetrable biasing sea the head, over your eyes tim and along' the side of the vessel, Then in wind. the rigging creaking the wind and threatens a when storm

to ri(,e with a' moaning, eerie out .and fade the stars sound,- when black and has turned world the whole sailor .is it surprising that a gloomy, hear voices that never should sometimes forms and see that he should speak, exist ? So it is quite faces that never of seapossible that from the. though!« these Unit such hours as during men of have arisen which the fancies many congenial material for ficformed have th':a fancies tion, have become pracof fact traditions with the tically matter in ships. to the sea who down men go than that What story is better known of the old Dutchman, Vanderdooken, supattempting to round posed to be ever sucthe Oapc of Good Hope, yet never ceeding Many an cid sailor will vow 'hit ho or a mate has Been the ancient ship its' never-ending tell on voyage, and will ill that has always been an omen you to the ship from which the Dutchman sighted. And there are was other many talo-t oE "ghost" ships, other, and many things -which «camon as. regard being of disaster. forewarning? Kow I cannot bv claim mvself to ever having see the '* Flying Dnfr-hmnn." but in the emroo of u Ion« life, the best were the great yott-3 of which spent on ...'.itera, I have encountered one or two thinsrs that have always remained myten'ei At the nero of IS vi-ara T was lo me. an * B. m the kirniio Smith wick, bound from and India. Vngland lo South Amrnca In waa you"" mv «"mun watch linn""' a Lincoln a nal'vi of Sunderland. His li'mk in Ihe f"reci>stl<waa lower thai mine, and on the onnosilo side, so it was left Madras) to look, into his. Wc e-.isy on the Wednesday a Monday, and on afternoon was smoking in my bunk, T.in. in his. coln being nsVen Prp-**ntly I head, and rr-tiVed a Bliadow on turned mv of the forecastle, 'the half-door seemin; like a man leaning on the door, and as


at me, and then vanished, and wonilciiug. The Minc afternoon we washed the lower hold, and when out the watch Lincoln, was tho changed weather being warm, drew .several buckets or water from the sea and poured then, ni.) head, over l.y S o'clock that night ho was in a raging fever, and died al nof.n on tim following Saturday. Perpxphiin that man haps a practical may this was all coincidence, but a tough obi sennvn would prolinb'y sinke his head and ¡Tiwi something about "warnings."' The next affair in my life which couln be. classed as "supernatural" happened on land in Australia. to I had determinedtake a holiday from the sea for a while, and a mate I took and a fencing contract a' few miles from Wodonga, in Victoria. off One night we knocked work and left a tree which had been halt out through ¿till standing. Next day bit damp and blowy, and my wias malo a said: "You get His breakfast ready, and I wul go and finish foiling the tree." I mado in readisome porridge, got everything ness to call for the meal, and was about I saw liim i. when mate standing my It's nil ready, 1 was the doorway. I said, just going to call you," and I proceoileo to the porridge into basins, but pour 1 when I turned had mate my gone. called I got no several times, but as answer had ceased I set off to where we work the previous night, on to fipd on arrival been blown that the tree had lyins down, and that it big limb was of male. across the dead my body blown been Apparently the tree had down just as ho reached it, for the cut in the same was we condition as when the previous evening. knocked off on I had on shipped A third incident., Money Wigram's new auxiliary steamship trip to Australia. Norfolk, on her second Subsequently from wo Sydney lo went Shanghai, Singapore, and Gibraltar, sailhitter ing from place for Berniudn. the On before reaching Herthe Wednesday tho upper lookout on minia I was on a I saw deck nt about 7.30 p.m. when stepped I up man standing besido mc. Pedwell, old saying, "llullo, to him, left

house and




old Pedwell, saying, "Hullo, to him, Von doing here ? what aro you man, know nobody is allowed ftom the stoke had orders lo shift hold up here, as we x-o take to seemed ventilators." He notice, I and when spoke again ho lola When I went off duty afraid that somelii'ig I was mates was going to happen to Pedwell, vho w.ts but engine-room, the in a greaser it seriously, the took one only after The nest others laughing at me. met had hat Pedwell heard iiotiii wo in the engine-room, accident an with the the doctor, Friday the ni mid skipper, and the chief engineer tried to to Pedwell operaundergo an persuade his of saving the oidy means tion as life, to them not allow but ho would nothing On Saturday they saw operate. him they else could be done, so gave carno Ho operated. anaesthetic and an ne Boemca to and out of it ali right, doing well, hut he died on the Sunday dropped anchor. morning just as wo incident, ono and Another strange closely concerning happened on the me, York same Aller leaving Xew voyage. a on the way home quartermaster »vho when had baiked mo I told the story up varnished. my


I gazed the shadow seemed to take the likeness'of Lincoln. "Lincoln," I said, " 1 thought in ?" turned 1 were you glanced at his bunk, and there ho was,
1 turned to tho figure a; punnah. the door again, saying, My God, who Mb you ?" The figuie looked round thu house and at me, and then vanished, and sure

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when had baiked mo I told the story up to me came Pedwell of my having Fe^n the on night and told me that onie seen an previous three nights he had old gentleman the bridge ladder, up go all look at the standard compas-,, look round the sky as if studying the weather, the and then disappear. On previous lind gone tins night the quartermaster up ladder, but as he reached the platform the figure had vanished. I went with the quartermaster evening, but next nothing The description he appeared. that ol a man bowen r. was pavo mo, said, exactly resembling my father, and T father is gelting old and bo "My may in his hist illness." in arrived Wc few day? afterwards, London and 1 a theil received a tele-yam calling me home immediately. When I reached homo I found that m5; father was dying, and he passed away in his sleep a few

days later. These ure them down
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You set may coincidences (a much and very useful to the fancies, or as the dreams of



morbid from of grown the at sea, but men who have sailed on the great ocean, men tho who know strength, the majesty, and the wondrous vast immensity of tho sea will perhaps recall little incidents to mind quite as uniisiinl as those I have related, and equally mysterious. life

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