(ORDO NEWS) — Humans have been sailing the oceans for thousands of years, and so it goes without saying that of the untold millions of ocean voyages that have been undertaken, some have ended in failure.
Ships sink, get lost, crash during storms. And in some cases throughout history, the fate of navigation has been a perpetual mystery.
Sometimes, for example, the ships were found in an inexplicable condition, for example, the entire crew died, and there was no real explanation for what happened. The maritime industry even gave such ships a name: “ghost ships”.
And while ghost ship legends date back centuries, before modern technology helped make sailing a safer and more likely outcome, such ships have been appearing in nautical magazines surprisingly recently.
One such case, the case of the Ourang Medan, occurred just a couple of years after World War II. Not only did everyone on the ship die, but it also exploded seconds after the search team abandoned the ship after the horrific discovery.
In 1947, the crew of the Silver Star (as well as the crews of several other ships in the seas off the coast of Indonesia) received a distress signal from the Dutch freighter Ourang Medan.
“All officers, including the captain, are dead, lying in the wheelhouse and on the bridge. Perhaps the entire crew is dead,” read the distress call, followed by something similar to “I’m dying.”
The crew of the Silver Star found the lost ship and boarded, only to make a horrific discovery: all of the crew members were dead, even the dog, their faces frozen in a cry of pain.
There were no signs of violence or trauma. Having smelled smoke, the rescuers left the ship, and a few seconds later Ourang Medan exploded.
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