If you see The Flying Dutchman while at sea, we’ve got some bad news. A sighting of this legendary ghost ship is said to signal imminent disaster. The good news? It’s probably not real.
According to maritime legend, the captain of the ship struggled to make it round the Cape of Good Hope during a terrible storm in the 1600s. He swore that he would succeed, even if he had to sail until Judgement Day. The Devil heard that oath, and the captain was doomed to sail the seas for eternity. Most sightings of the ship happened throughout the 19th and 20th Centuries, but the ghost ship has made appearances in novels, movies and TV shows and was the inspiration for Richard Wagner’s opera, ‘Der fliegende Holländer’.