Tuesday, September 17, 2013
The Martha's Vineyard Ghost Ship and Untethered Realms
As I count down to the release of my upcoming novel The Ghosts of Aquinnah in December I am going to share stories of haunted places, ghosts, and unexplained phenomena that catch my interest.
If you followed my blog during the 2012 A-Z Challenge you may remember I shared some stories of haunts here in my hometown of Cincinnati. I have always loved these kinds of stories and thought it would be fun to share more in preparation for the release of my own ghost story. :)
Up first is a mysterious ship that was found at the setting of my novel, the cliffs of Aquinnah on the island of Martha's Vineyard.
In December, 1804, Ebenezer Skiff, the keeper of the Gay Head lighthouse (which sits atop the cliffs), discovered an abandoned ship near the shore shown in the above picture. The ship had no captain and no crew, and not a soul aboard, but it did have a hold full of cargo. There were no signs of life and no bodies were recovered.
I love stories like this because it's fascinating to me to imagine what could have happened to the crew and anyone else who may have been on board the ship. In fact, it feels like it could be a great starting point for a novel. ;)
The lighthouse keeper Mr. Skiff posted a notice about the ship in the New York Gazette in January, 1805. This notice is now posted on the Save the Gay Head Lighthouse site, which is where I learned about the ghost ship. I admit I can't really make heads or tails of what Mr. Skiff is writing about, but it's interesting to read this bit of Aquinnah history.
The Ghost Ship of Gay Head
I am also posting on the Untethered Realms blog today and sharing a story of my own experience with possible ghosts and things I can't quite explain. Visit our UR site here for my post.
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