Pirates, ghost ships, and stowaways, oh my!
There’s something vast and mysterious about the world’s oceans. Though they’ve been traveled over for thousands of years, they remain strange places where the unexpected can happen at any time, and no one may be around to help you. Ships that have been lost at sea for thousands of years, pirates with high-powered rifles, and the drug trade aren’t that uncommon.
But what else lies beyond the deep sea? Sailors and crewmen share their scariest and strangest tales.
A guy from the fishing village where my grandma grew up in once told an interesting and certainly scary story.
He was in his fishing boat out of sight of shore sometime early in the morning. As they’re pittering along laying out bet they start to hear a low grumble from beneath the sea. They decide to stop the boat and further investigate. All of a sudden the waves part and submarine conning tower burst into view. A man pops out of the tower with a bullhorn and informs them they were to abandon their fishing vessel as they were going to sink it. They get off a distress call and jump into the water. Shortly afterwords the u boat open fires with its deck gun and destroys the boat.
Maybe not creepy in the traditional sense, but certainly scary. (DarthPun)
We did a man overboard drill on the way to Hawaii which includes throwing a dummy into the water. I went portside to see the experience in less than one minute, and by the time I reached the water there was already a 8 foot shark waiting near the dummy. (gtaguy75)
Came upon an empty life raft in the middle of the Atlantic.
In all likelihood it was probably an “accidental discharge”. Maybe a crew member was screwing around with the release or something, who knows.
The implications otherwise are very disturbing though. Did a ship go down with all hands without anyone making it to the raft? Was the raft abandoned for some reason? It left me feeling vaguely disturbed for a while afterwards. (Coastie071)