Top 5 Scary Pirate Ghosts Who Haunt The Seas
There’s something about the sea that really
gets the imagination going. For the longest time, the sea was the number
one choice for long-distance travel. If you wanted to get somewhere thousands of
kilometers away, hopping on a ship with sails was your best bet.
This was by no means safe or luxurious, though. Storms and malnutrition and disease took countless
lives in the age of the seafaring explorer. Plus, the sea was the perfect place for criminals
to skirt the law. Once out upon the big, blue expanse, they
would be free to do as they pleased without fear of being caught and brought in to be
executed. Although, they would often be picked up by
the long arm of the law upon returning to shore.
All the more reason to remain at sea! So with all this death and criminality, you
know there are gonna be some ghosts haunting the high seas.
Tales of revenge, unfinished business, and souls being gambled away are par for the course,
as common as jerked meat and scurvy. Lots of grog terrors, too, I’m sure.
Hello horror heads, and welcome back to the scariest channel on YouTube: Top5ScaryVideos.
I’m your horror host, Keegan Hughes, and today we’re counting down the Top 5 Scary
Ghost Pirates Who Haunt the Seas. Grab your cutlass, and chug some rum, because
these fellas don’t mess around. Before we get started, make sure to give this
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Yarrrrr, let’s get going. NUMBER FIVE: YELLOW JACK
We’re gonna set sail on a weird one to start us off.
If you are a flag enthusiast, you might see the ending of this one coming from a mile
away, but we’ll get there in a minute. So the legend of Yellow Jack starts upon a
spice and gold-filled ship preparing to leave the Indies and head back home.
The crew was accounted for, the cargo was secure, the captain was feeling nice.
Then, at the last second, a mysterious figure asked if they had room for one more.
Feeling pretty good about their haul, they welcomed this extra pair of helping hands
on board. WRONG MOVE.
Turns out this was a disreputable lad known as Yellow Jack, with a reputation so abhorrent
that the ship was forbidden to enter any port she called upon.
For ages, the crew sailed from port to port, hoping that someone would let them dock, but
it never happened. They were forced to endlessly cruise the seas,
running lower and lower on supplies. Patience too.
Eventually the crew went mad and committed mutiny, before they all murdered each other.
Some say the ship is still sailing, the ghosts of these sea-locked sailors manning the helm.
Someday they may find a port that will take them, and then they will finally be able to
rest. In the meantime, they sail the seas, infecting
other ships with the same madness that Yellow Jack caused.
Now this is a spooky ghostly story in its own right, but it could also be a reference
to a different ship-killer at the time: disease. The Yellow Jack is a flag flown by ships infected
with plague, cholera, and other nasty, fast-spreading diseases.
So Yellow Jack itself could be a metaphor for disease, and ports weren’t letting them
in because of quarantine procedures. Absolutely fascinating, and it would also
make a killer movie: a pirate quarantine body horror movie.
Think The Thing meets REC meets Pirates of the Carribean.
Oh damn. NUMBER FOUR: THE CALEUCHE
A Chilean ship, sailing around an island known for its terrible storms.
Shining white sides, three masts with 5 blood red sails each.
This ship sails independent of any human input. Sure, there’s a ghost crew, but the Caleuche
is known for being sentient. The ship has a mind of its own.
It will glide along the water at incredible speeds, and is able to submerge and continue
navigating underwater, similar to the Flying Dutchman.
When it passes, folks say you can hear the crew cackling for a brief moment.
It’s a ship known for the merriment of its ghostly crew.
They throw parties often, and hop around on one leg.
The folks on board often have one leg folded over their back, similar to another Chilean
mythological entity. To top off their strange looks and mannerisms,
some crew members have backwards faces, terrifying all who lay eyes upon them.
Some say the Caleuche is manned by sailors both dead and alive, dragged from the depths,
and snagged off passing ships. Another legend says that the ship is piloted
by the souls of the drowned, brought aboard by water spirits and granted the gift of life
in exchange for their servitude. I’m not sure that’s a good deal, you know,
life eternal, but you’ll always be on a stinky ship?
Maybe the parties are just that sick. Merchants who trade with the Caleuche supposedly
become very wealthy afterwards, and anyone who has laid eyes upon it wears a crooked
smile forever. Again, lots of money? Crooked smile. I guess
you could afford a dentist and some plastic surgery… NUMBER THREE: THE GHOST SHIP OF THE NORTHUMBERLAND
STRAIT YES! CANADIAN GHOST PIRATES!
That pretty much sums up my career aspirations right there.
I don’t know if that means I would be pirating software related to ghosts, or actually becoming
a phantom upon the Northumberland Strait, but I don’t really care as long as my title
involves the words Canadian, Ghost, and Pirate. Back to the actual tale at hand, this ghost
ship is said to sail while it’s on fire within the Northumberland Strait.
What is the Northumberland Strait? It’s the body of water that separates Prince
Edward Island from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in Eastern Canada.
Now you all know some Canadian geography! I’m so proud of you!
This story dates back over 200 years, when people started reporting a beautiful schooner
catching fire and being engulfed in flames as people watch from shore.
Anyone who has ever attempted a rescue mission finds that the ship completely disappears
before they can reach it. Apparently this ship shows up before a northeast
wind, forewarning terrible storms. Some say that it is just an example of St.
Elmo’s fire, a rare weather condition involving the ionization of air molecules in order to
produce a faint glow, but those who have seen the ship ablaze say that it was much too bright
to be explained away like that. The prevailing story is that a pirate made
a pact with the Devil to protect and hide his treasure, and in return he and his crew
would sail forever on the burning ship. The pact was made as the ship was burning
down, and would soon sink along with the treasure. In the end, folks claim that their fate was
revenge for the terrible deeds they had done in their days of piracy.
Like their own, personal, floating hell. NUMBER TWO: BARON FALKENBERG
A tale of lovers scorned, brothers bashed, and dice rolled.
This pirate haunts Germany’s North Sea, and has been for over 600 years.
Baron Falkenberg was a relatively wealthy member of high society, planning to propose
to the village’s most beautiful maiden. Then, his long-lost brother returned with
newly found riches, and proposed to her first. At the wedding, the Baron became so upset
with his brother that he clubbed him over the head with a bottle of champagne.
Naturally, the brother dropped dead. Seeing this, his bride ran away, claiming
that she’d rather die than be with the Baron. Ouch.
So the Baron did what any rational fratricidal maniac would do, and stabbed her in the heart.
How romantic! Then he ran away to the beach, where he was
accosted by a shady man on a boat. This mysterious figure invited him to the
ship he came from, which was anchored off shore a little ways out.
The Baron accepted, and rowed his way to the great grey behemoth.
Since entering, nobody has seen him disembark, and he has been at sea for centuries.
This ship he boarded always seems to be heading north, and flickers with blue flame.
Some passersby claim to have seen the Baron playing dice with the Devil himself in order
to take back control of his soul. Unfortunately, it appears to be very difficult
to win a game of chance against the Devil. An additional caveat that can be added is
that there are those who will claim that the story of the Baron is also connected to a
Norse ghost story. The story tells the tale of a Viking sea captain
who stole a magic ring from the gods. As punishment for his crimes, he was turned
into a living skeleton covered in fire, condemned to spend the rest of eternity affixed to the
mast of a ghostly longship. Whether the two stories are about the same
ship, it’s hard to say. However, I think we can all agree that a flaming
skeleton pirate is pretty badass. NUMBER ONE: THE FLYING DUTCHMAN
We saved the most well-known for last. This legendary ghost ship is said to glow
with ghostly light as it sails the seven seas. It will attempt to send messages to land,
or to people long dead if hailed. Unfortunately, nobody really wants to hail
this ship, as the sight of it is seen as a portent of doom.
Like most ghostly ships, The Dutchman can never make port, and is doomed to sail the
oceans forever. It is theorized that the spectral seafarer
had been rounding the treacherous Cape of Good Hope when it encountered a sudden storm.
The hatches were battened down, and the captain swore he would push through come hell or high
water. Turns out a little bit of both were on the
menu. For his recklessness with his ship and crew,
the captain was divinely punished. He was condemned to sail the seas for eternity,
serving as a warning to other mariners of bad weather and the cost of hubris.
Sightings of the Dutchman have been reported since the 18th century, with many notable
scallywags and scurvy dogs laying eyes on the ghastly vessel.
Even Prince George of Wales described seeing a ship glowing with a strange light.
If you see a ship with skeletons dancing in the rigging, steer clear.
It might look like fun, but the captain will try to lure other vessels onto the rocks to
ensure nobody else can pass the cape. OUTRO
Sheesh, remind me not to take a long sailing trip.
What do you think of this motley crew of scurvy dogs?
Any ghost pirates you think should have made the cut?
Make sure you let me know down in the comments! Speaking of comments, let’s have a quick
look at some of your more psychotic ones from HORROR MOVIES THAT SHOULD HAVE WON AN OSCAR:
Jarred Schenke says “Anthony Hopkins, not Perkins. That’s okay though, Perkins did
play another homicidal murderer.” I hope you all will forgive my Freudian slip,
considering all the Freudian themes in Psycho. I was talking about both Silence and Psycho
for a bit, and must’ve mixed up the two without realizing!
Zaqzilla says “John Caprenter’s the Thing! The fact that it didn’t at least get best
effects is criminal. One of the greatest movies of all time I say!”
I agree! However, just like the Shining, The Thing was pretty much universally panned at
the time. People just weren’t ready for that level of excellence.
James F says “Talent and quality don’t win oscars, money does.”
Unfortunately, that seems to be the case! They don’t call it an Oscars Campaign for
nothing… Kazahana225 says “Horror movies get snubbed
so often that they deserve their own award show. Top five scary videos should organize
one online!” Maybe someday! But in the meantime, Fangoria
does a great one every year! I think voting is open now, go check it out!
Mad Magician Karos says “Keegan, you’re right. I’ll never watch an awards show again.
Unless that delightful Billy Crystal’s involved.” You’ll probably be a happeir, healthier
person for it! That’s all the time we have today! Thanks
for watching, and I’ll see you next time.