I expect that in the days of sail every sailor had a tale of a haunted ship, a bit like every fisherman that has a ‘one that got away’ story.
Here are a few old stories re-told in 1919 that might entertain you.
I love the first one, off the Cornish coast a distressed boat was seen out at sea. Some brave sailors went out in a lifeboat only to find the ship covered in snow and ice. A sailor attempted to climb aboard the unseasonably frozen ship when it crumbles at his touch, never to be seen again.
Next, the ghostly three-decker in the Gulf of St Lawrence, its decks crowded with soldiers. I wonder who the beautiful woman was rumoured to be?
I love the last tale of the becalmed ship in the Sargasso Sea, not only were the travellers bored, they were also terrorized by creeping footsteps which proved to be those of an unearthly seaweed monster climbing up the side of their ship.
Perhaps instead of fleeing in terror they should have dealt with this monster in the same way the mermaids I have posted about have met their end. An angrily wielded oar to the head, and a splash…