Flying Dutchman

Title

Flying Dutchman

Subject

Legendary ghost ship

Description

The Flying Dutchman is a legendary ghost ship that can never make port and is doomed to sail the oceans forever. The myth is likely to have originated from 17th-century nautical folklore.

Sightings in the 19th and 20th centuries reported the ship to be glowing with ghostly light. If hailed by another ship, the crew of the Flying Dutchman will try to send messages to land, or to people long dead. In ocean lore, the sight of this phantom ship is a portent of doom.

The first reference in print to the ship appears in Chapter VI of A Voyage to Botany Bay (1795) (also known as A Voyage to New South Wales), attributed to George Barrington.

Creator

Unknown

Contributor

Ashley Rieger

Relation

http://www.woodenmodelboat.com/model/woodpro/all/ima_pro/flying_dutchman_real.jpg

Format

Ancestral

Type

Myth

Files

flying_dutchman_real.jpg

Citation

Unknown, “Flying Dutchman,” The Museum of Fictional Literary Artifacts, accessed December 7, 2021, https://mfla.omeka.net/items/show/63.