5. SS Ourang Medan – The Ghost Ship
In June 1947, several ships in the Strait of Malacca, which is located between Sumatra and Malaysia, reported receiving distress signals from an unknown ship. The messages said “All officers including captain are dead, lying in chartroom and bridge. Possibly whole crew dead.” This communication was followed by a burst of indecipherable Morse code, then a final message: “I die.”
The signal was picked up by two American ships as well as American and Dutch listening posts. They were able to triangulate the source of the signal and found that it was likely coming from a Dutch freighter, the Ourang Medan. One of the American ships, the Silver Star, was the closest to the source of the message, so it changed course to investigate. It spotted the Ourang floating in the distance, but as they approached, they saw no signs of life.
They boarded the ship to find the entire crew dead, littered about the deck and cabins with wide eyes and a frozen expression of extreme fear on their faces. Many had their arms extended as if reaching out for something. Even the ships dog was dead, it’s face twisted into a snarl.
4. Caroline Walter – A Mystery Of Eternal Love
In 1867, Caroline Walker was living in Freiburg, Germany with her older sister and her sister’s husband. Tragedy struck when she contracted tuberculosis and died in early summer. Her sister was stricken by the sudden death and wanted a memorial to commemorate her sister. She had a life sized and lifelike memorial created as the grave. It is a sculpture of Caroline in bed, looking as through she had just drifted off to sleep.
It was placed against the outer wall of the Alter Friedhof cemetery. Soon after the funeral, Caroline’s sister noticed that the wilting flowers had been replaced. Every time she visited the grave after that, there were fresh flowers under Caroline’s arm. This has continued on every day since 1876, nearly 150 years and 50,000 flowers later. Anyone who would have known Caroline would be long dead. Yet, the flowers continue.