The Ghost Ship at the Sandbar/1

Tennyson‘s poem “Crossing the Bar” (here) was about a shoal, and one of the most notorious sandbanks is Goodwin Sands, a line of shoals at the entrance to the Strait of Dover from the North Sea, off the Kent coast.

It is one of the most dangerous passages in the English Channel, often the scene of wrecks, despite the presence of lights and lights and bell buoys, and, even though the name means “good friend” the Goodwin Sands is the graveyard of many ships.
More than 2,000 ships have been wrecked upon the Goodwin Sands and 50,000 people have lost their lives there.

The Goodwin Sand are mentioned in Shakespeare‘s “The Merchant of Venice” by one of the characters, Salerio, when he says that one of Antonio’s ships, according to rumours, was ” wrecked on the narrow seas; the Goodwins I think they call the place; a very dangerous flat and fatal, where the carcasses of many ships are buried ”.

This stretch of water is the home of one gruesome manifestation, the phantom ghost ship of the “Lady Lovibond.”

Legend has it that the vessel was bound for Oporto, Portugal, with a cargo of flour, meat, wine and gold.
It was 13 February 1748 , and the three mast schooner left port sailing along the Thames River near Kent, England with the final destination of Oporto.
The captain had just married and was celebrating by bringing his new bride with him, offering her that cruise as a honeymoon, without taking into account the sailors’ longstanding superstition that it was bad luck to bring a woman on board,
The first mate, who had served his captain as best man at the wedding, was also in love with the beautiful bride.
While the captain, his wife and their guests were celebrating the marriage below deck, the first mate, blinded by jealousy, was seized by a fit of rage. Just while the ship was passing the Goodwin Sands, he murdered the helmsman, seized the helm and steered the ship to the treacherous sandbanks, destroying the schooner and causing the death of everyone aboard.

To be continued

La goletta fantasma che appare alla secca/1

La poesia di Tennyson dal titolo “Crossing the Bar/Oltre la secca” (qui) parlava di un banco di sabbia, e uno dei più famigerati banchi di sabbia è Goodwin Sands, una serie di secche all’ingresso dello Stretto di Dover dal Mare del Nord, al largo della costa del Kent.
E’ uno dei passaggi più pericolosi della Manica, spesso teatro di naufragi, nonostante la presenza di luci e campanelli, e, nonostante il suo nome significhi “buon amico”, Goodwin Sands è il cimitero di tante navi.
Più di 2.000 navi sono affondate in quelle acque inquietanti e 50.000 persone vi hanno perso la vita.

Goodwin Sands viene menzionato ne “Il Mercante di Venezia” di Shakespeare da uno dei personaggi, Salerio, quando dice che una delle navi di Antonio, secondo le voci, è “naufragata col suo ricco carico nella Manica; Goodwins, credo, si chiama il punto, un bassofondo assai pericoloso, e fatale, dove sono sepolte le carcasse di molte navi”.

Questo specchio d’acqua è teatro di una manifestazione raccapricciante, la nave fantasma “Lady Lovibond”.

La leggenda narra che la nave fosse diretta a Oporto, in Portogallo, con un carico di farina, carne, vino e oro.
Era il 13 febbraio 1748 e la goletta a tre alberi lasciò il porto navigando lungo il fiume Tamigi vicino al Kent, in Inghilterra, con la destinazione finale di Oporto,
il capitano si era appena sposato e festeggiava l’occasione portando con sé la novella sposa, offrendole quella crociera come un viaggio di nozze, senza tener conto della vecchia superstizione secondo la quale portare una donna a bordo portava sfortuna.
Il primo ufficiale, che era stato il testimone di nozze del capitano, era anche lui innamorato della bella sposa.
Mentre il capitano, sua moglie e i loro ospiti stavano celebrando sottocoperta, il primo ufficiale, acciecato dalla gelosia, fu colto da un impeto di rabbia. Proprio mentre la nave stava passando per Goodwin Sands uccise il timoniere, si impossessò del timone e diresse la nave sulle perfide secche, distruggendo la nave e causando la morte di tutti.

Continua

Image: Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky – Storm (1872)


47 thoughts on “The Ghost Ship at the Sandbar/1

      1. Oh my God! This is such a fascinating tale of horror. Looking forward to the next part, dear Luisa. This is one of your best posts. I couldn’t take off my eyes. To tell you the truth, I loved it so much that I re-read it. Thanks for the wonderful share. 🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰

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  1. Goodness, Luisa, what a wonderful story it is! And you are a wonderful writer whose talent for finding unknown to most facts and erudite details makes your posts unmissable. I am waiting with bated breath for the next installment.

    Joanna

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  2. Luisa ! Again an interesting story . Story of the Goodwin Sands . This stretch of water was said to be the home of one gruesome manifestation of , the phantom ghost ship of the ‘ Lady Lovibond .’ And more than 2,000 ships were wrecked upon in the Goodwin Sands and more than 50,000 people had lost their lives there . When on 13 February 1748 , three mast schooner left for Oporto , Portugal with a newly married Captain of the cruise , who had brought his wife on the cruise for celebrating his honeymoon , without taking into longstanding superstition of the sailors that it was bad luck to bring woman on board . When the captain was celebrating his marriage with his guests on the cruise , a blindly jealous mate , seized by a fit of rage , he first murdered the helmsman while the cruise was passing through the Goodwin Sands , and steer the cruise to that treacherous Sandsback, destroying the schooner and causing the death of all on the cruise . Here I differ a little Luisa ! It was not the phantom ghost present in the Goodwin Sands , but the envy of the first mate caused such incident to take place . Such envy for a beautiful woman is a general phenomenon all over the world . But to this extent of gruesome killing is very peculiar and unacceptable from any parameter of human behavior as such . Anyway , the blog with peculiarity , thy name is Luisa . Thanks !

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  3. It’s good to be back home from my travels and read more of your weird and wonderful tales Luisa! And what an intriguing tale this is, one I haven’t heard before, so very much looking forward to the next part tomorrow. Love and light, Deborah.

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