Sailors all over the world know the legend of the Flying Dutchman. For them it’s a sign of impending doom. For many of us land lubbers, the story of the Flying Dutchman is something we only hear about through movies or books.
The legends behind the Flying Dutchman are based on facts. It’s said that it began in 1641 after a Dutch ship sank off the coast of Cape Good Hope.
Captain van der Decken was making his way back to Holland. His trip to the Far East had been a success. When the Flying Dutchman came the tip of Africa, Van der Decken thought it wise that he should make a suggestion to the Dutch East India Company to make a settlement at the Cape he was passing. This was to offer hospitable portage for sailors all over.
The Captain was lost in this thoughts that he didn’t notice the storm he had sailed his crew into. It was too late when he did realize it. He and his crew battled for hours to get out of the storm and at one point, it looked like they would make it. Only the ship had hit rocks and began to sink. Van der Decken, not ready to die as his ship plunged into the murky waters, screamed out a curse: “I WILL round this Cape even if I have to keep sailing until doomsday!”
Even today whenever a storm brews off the Cape of Good Hope, if you look into the eye of the storm, you will be able to see the ship and its captain – The Flying Dutchman. Don’t look too carefully, for the old folk claim that whoever sights the ship will die a terrible death. Many people have claimed to have seen The Flying Dutchman, including the crew of a German submarine boat during World War II and holidaymakers.
The captains name differs from legend to legend, but the story remains pretty much the same. Is there really ship that is doomed to sail eternally? Beats me. But sailors have sworn to see such thing and tragedy usually befalls them. This could probably just be summed up as a coincidence of fear.
As it was once told many a times. To fear something is to give it power.
Keep it real and rockin