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Story of a Real Ghost Ship : Lady Lovibond
Posted by :Drunk WriterPosted date : June 3, 2013In AmazingComments Off on Story of a Real Ghost Ship : Lady Lovibond
This is the true story of a ship which was sunk by a member of the its own crew on 13 February 1748 at Goodwin Sands near the Kent coast of south-east England which reappears at the same place every 50 years and has been witnessed by many people so far.
The story begins at a chilled morning on Friday. The date was 13th Feb, 1748. So it was Friday the 13th. The wind was blowing pleasantly and the sky was clear. There was no sign of a storm. The ship, known as Lady Lovibond, was a triple-masted schooner, heading down the River Thames toward the English Channel on its way to Portugal.
The captain of the ship, Simon Reed, was at the peak of his happiness as he was getting married to his love, a very beautiful bride named Annetta. There were festivities going on all over the ship although at that time, bringing a woman on a ship was considered a bad luck. Every single soul on the ship was happy and celebrating under the deck except one man named John Rivers, who served as the best man at the wedding and was filled with a core of jealousy because of his own secret love towards the bride Annetta.
Now the ship came near Goodwin Sands, a quicksand in sea which is better known as the graveyard of ships as it has eaten up more than 2000 ships which were disappeared in its sands. John Rivers, drunk and raged by his anger and jealously went behind the man who was steering the ship and made a blow on his head so that the poor guy crashed on the deck. And then it happened, John Rivers took the wheel and steer the ship into Goodwin Sands, killing all the people aboard including himself.
Reappearance of ship
The story of ship didn’t end there. After 50 years from the incident, on 13th Feb, 1798, the captain of a coastal vessel, Edenbridge( captained by James Westlake), reported almost colliding with a triple-masted sailing ship, and hearing the sounds of merriment coming from it as it passed by. A fishing boat also saw the same. The captain of this boat reported that they had seen the schooner go around and break up. He reported when they went to rescue the survivors, the sands were empty and silent. In 1848 and 1898, also on February 13th, a similar thing happened. Locals spotted what they thought was a three-masted sailing vessel going to collide against the shore. On rushing to provide their help, they found that it had disappeared. Captain Bull Prestwick allegedly sighted her in 1948, and reported that she looked real, but gave off an eerie green glow.
In 1998, a large number of people from countries all over the world gathered in hope of seeing this ghost ship through their naked eyes. Fishermen plied the local waters, their boats full of tourists rather than fish, all eager to catch a glimpse of the vessel. But this time, they were disappointed. Nobody knows if they couldn’t catch it on the right place or the spirits of the ship went to peace. The answer can only be found on 13th February, 2048 when a lot of people will be waiting for this legend to become real in front of their eyes.