The Flying Dutchman

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Hey bloggers!!

I'm sure you have heard about Flying Dutchman, right?

It's one of the most famous Legends EVER!!

Here it is :

     In 1941, Captain Vanderdecken and his crew were in their way home to Holland on board a ship, the Flying Dutchman. As the ship came round the Cape of Good Hope, on the tip of Africa, it sailed straight into a terrible storm.

     The captain and his crew tried for hours to battle against the high winds and huge waves. Just as they thought they would make it to safety, they heard a loud crash. The ship hit some rocks and slowly began to sink. Captain Vanderdecken refused to give up and he ordered his men to stay on board. He shouted '' We will get round this cape even if we have to keep sailing forever!'' But this ship was badly damaged and sank, sending everyone on board to the bottom of the sea.

     Today, whenever there is a storm off the Cape of Good Hope, people say that you can see the Flying Dutchman and its crew sailing round the coast.

     According to the legend, it is bad luck to see the ship.

     In 1881, King George V and the crew of the Royal Navy ship the Bacchante spotted the Flying Dutchman. The next day, one of the crew fell from the mast to his death. The last recorded sighting was off the coast of Cape Town in 1942, when four people saw the ship sail into Table Bay.. and then disappear!!

So, be careful everyone!!


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