Ghost Ships: Ourang Medan

Ourang Medan Ghost ShipShortly after World War II in 1948, several ships responded to SOS and Morse Code distress calls from the Dutch freighter, Ourang Medan.

"All officers including captain dead, lying in chartroom and on the bridge, probably whole crew dead..." was deciphered from the code, along with the final message, "I die." Rescuers found the ghost ship Ourang Medan drifting in waters near Indonesia.

The entire crew including the Ourang Medan's dog were found in terrifying positions, "teeth bared, with their upturned faces to the sun, staring as if in fear..."

Ghost in the Sky?What did the crew see that frightened them so? Many have proposed a UFO killed them, or that ghosts came from the sky. But, just what did they see?

Following this grim discovery, a fire occurred in the ship's hold and forced rescue parties to leave the ship. This proved to be good, because the Ourang Medan soon exploded violently, lifting the ship upward and sinking it before their eyes. This only added to the ghost ship's legend, as it made it impossible to conclude what really took place aboard the fated freight liner.

Cargo Hold of Ourang Medan?Some believe the ship illegally carried harmful chemicals or chemical weapons being black marketed after WWII. Could these illegal chemicals have mixed producing deadly gases? Or, did chemical weapons seep out and destroy all on board? We'll never know...