Saturday, May 23, 2015

Dead Crew Found At Sea

In 1947, a ghost ship adrift in Indonesian waters surprised the two American ships that rushed to a distress signal from the Ourang Medan off the Marshall Islands. 

What happened to the dead crew began decades of speculation. In fact, much about the history of the ship and its mission were vague and even registration of its name and owners was unable to be pinpointed. 

The story goes that the ship was carrying a large and badly stored stock of sulfuric acid and it was believed much of the crew died from the fumes. It was reported to have been supposedly going from China to Costa Rica.

Source:  A radio operator aboard the troubled vessel sent the following Morse code message: "S.O.S. from Ourang Medan * * * we float. All officers including the Captain, dead in chartroom and on the bridge. Probably whole of crew dead * * *." A few confused dots and dashes later two words came through clearly. They were "I die." Then, nothing more. 

When Silver Star crew located and boarded the apparently undamaged Ourang Medan in a rescue attempt, the ship was found littered with corpses (including the carcass of a dog) "[s]prawled on their backs, the frozen faces upturned to the sun with mouths gaping open and eyes staring, the dead bodies resembled horrible caricatures", with no survivors and no visible signs of injuries on the dead bodies. 

A fire then broke out in the ship's No. 4 cargo hold, forcing the boarding parties to evacuate the Dutch freighter, thus preventing any further investigation. Soon after, Ourang Medan was observed to explode and sink.

Even the communications officer was found dead with his fingers still upon the telegraph he sent the emergency message on.

To most appearances, all the dead bodies were in agony, eyes open, arms seeming to fend someone off. The crew that discovered their bodies said that they seemed to have died in some agony. As well, they felt that it was frigid cold inside the hold. 

It could have ended there as a terrible tragedy on a ship moving dangerous materials, but with it sinking and records of its existence being impossible to locate, it was almost as if the whole thing were a mirage if they hadn't heard the SOS call and taken a photo of a dead body on board.

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**Tomorrow's post is "Haunted Lakes"**

Friday, May 22, 2015

Haunted Ships

If buildings and battlefields can be haunted, so can ships. In fact, most ships that are reportedly haunted are ones involved in maritime wars. 

Queen Mary

Some believe that the Queen Mary, docked in Long Beach, California after a long and illustrious career, is the most haunted ship in the world. It's hard to judge such a thing for a few reasons. There were reportedly 49 deaths on her since her first launch. That alone should make for a haunted vessel, but one must also consider that it has been open to the public and to television shows and investigators by the droves. When you have that many people investigating and reporting on it, it can seem quite haunted. Other ships are likely more haunted, but do not have the public exposure that the Queen Mary has. 

The engine room far below is considered the heart of the haunting issues. There, two men were crushed to death by door #13. Women in 1930s clothing are seen in the pool area, as well as child ghosts and other apparitions. The ship has quite a notorious haunting history. It also promotes its haunted events. 

USS Hornet

The USS Hornet is docked in Alameda, California. The ship was commissioned in 1943 during the War. Although the ship was responsible for sinking a great deal of the enemy's craft, it did not go without its own curses. SourceHer impressive record did not come without cost. An aircraft carrier, in times of war or peace, is a dangerous place. Sailors have walked into aircraft's spinning props, been sucked into their air intakes, and blown off deck by their exhaust. Dropped ordnance has exploded, burning and maiming sailors. Snapping flight arrest cables are known to have decapitated at least three men on the USS Hornet. All told, in her 27 years of active service, more than 300 people lost their lives aboard ship. The majority claimed during combat, others from these horrendous shipboard accidents, still others from suicide. The USS Hornet has the dubious honor for having the highest suicide rate in the Navy.

Some of the most reported issues with the ship are objects moving from one location to another and going missing as well as apparitions of soldiers. 

USS Lexington

The USS Lexington rests in the Corpus Christi Bay. It was commissioned in 1943. When it was decommissioned in 1991, it was the oldest working carrier. The ship was responsible for taking down a lot of Japanese vessels and the Japanese thought they had sunk her four times, but she kept coming back. Eventually the Japanese nicknamed her the "Blue Ghost." It seems the majority of its hauntings are attributed to residual or "history playback" kind of loops. Soldiers running on deck, screaming, voices and such have been reported. 

The Splendour

The boat where Natalie Wood was last seen alive before she drowned, was up for sale last fall. The owner of the boat thought that perhaps Natalie Wood still haunted it. He reported his feet gave out from beneath him for no reason at all a few times. A guest felt someone sit on the bed and then leave. The owner even had some spiritualists bless the boat. The boat might be damaged from a thunderstorm and containing a spirit, but it sounds like a real find for someone who wants such an heirloom.

Haunted Boat (2005) A mystical, mind-twisting psychological horror film about six teenagers going on a boat trip and getting lost in parallel dimensions where they have to face their greatest fears.
Ghost Ship (2002) A salvage crew that discovers a long-lost 1962 passenger ship floating lifeless in a remote region of the Bering Sea soon notices, as they prepare to tow it back to land, that "strange things" happen...
Cruise Into Terror (1978) An Egyptian sarcophagus that is cargo on a pleasure cruise ship has a secret - it contains the son of Satan, and its effects start to make the ship's passengers behave strangely.
Death Ship (1980) Survivors of a tragic shipping collision are rescued by a mysterious black ship which appears out of the fog. Little do they realise that the ship is actually a Nazi torture ship which has sailed the seas for years, luring unsuspecting sailors aboard and killing them off one by one.
Triangle (2009) The story revolves around the passengers of a yachting trip in the Atlantic Ocean who, when struck by mysterious weather conditions, jump to another ship only to experience greater havoc on the open seas.

**Tomorrow's post is "Dead Crew Found At Sea"**

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Ancient Giants Found Along Streams

Today's post for Terror-in-the-Sea month is going to incorporate giants found along steams. 

Sycamore Creek

For the obvious reasons of being a curious person who likes to explore, I thought I would research the Arizona ancient giants that were found. Given that this state had many water basins (before the great dry up 10,000 or so years ago), we are also a huge copper producer which always is associated with the giants and their civilizations. 

I found a place not far from my area that is called Sycamore Creek. I used to ATC ride in this are and it had some great hill climbs, a waterway, and plenty of reasons to think it could have been a popular giant location back in the water filled heydays of this area desert. 

I find this area interesting because we also had a few ancient tribes, Sinagua and Anasazi, who not only went missing, but before they went missing, they had gone to elaborate lengths to build dwellings in the cliffs with lookouts. Why?

Source: The New Sentinel, April 19, 1926
A prehistoric graveyard on Sycamore Creek, where the grade of the Verde railway passes through, has been uncovered by a crew of laborers under the direction of Conductor C.W. Corbin, in performing certain excavations to improve the roadway.
There has thus been revealed a very interesting situation that prevailed at some time or another, in the physical make-up of a race is reflected in the massive remains that have been recovered, and which are indisputable of a giant type of humanity that is bewildering to those of this generation. The skull of a human is in the possession of Mr. Corbin together with a portion of the frame that would indicate one who in life must have attained a height of at least 8 feet. The sides of the face have been severed, but when placed in their natural position, on the head of the living they were so massive as to shield the features like unto a perfect mask. The bones of the legs likewise are of greater length and heavier than any today.

That a prehistoric burying place has been determined is proven in the finding of a handful of beads, which archaeologists trace to the Toltec period. These precious ornaments were kept by the Mexican laborers, and cannot be secured. Mr. Corbin, however, verifies the discovery made, and at the time did not appreciate what their possession meant, else would have secured the lot.

The mammoth skeleton was a duplicate of that discovered some months ago by Peter Marx on Walnut Creek, which the owner retains in his possession.

Marion County
West Virginia 

Source: In 1875 workmen were constructing a bridge near the mouth of Paw Paw Creek at Rivesville. While digging through heavy clay soil they were astonished to uncover three giant skeletons strands of reddish hair clinging to the skulls. A local doctor was called to examine the remains.

Exposure to air deteriorated the bones rapidly to but the doctor was able ascertain after careful measurement, the skeletons had supported people approximately 8 feet tall.

Maple Creek

Source:  On December 20th, 1897 the New York Times reported that three large burial mounds had been discovered near Maple Creek, WI. Upon excavation, a skeleton measuring over nine feet from head to toe was discovered with finely tempered copper rods and other relics.



The discovery in Hardin County a short time ago by Joseph Booda and Elliot Charles Gaines of innumerable mound builders’ relics, and the subsequent finding, by other parties, of the remains of a man of the prehistoric period, have greatly interested scientists in other parts of the country, the chief among these being Curator Charles Aldrich, of the state Horticultural Society.

Assuring himself of the truthfulness of the various newspaper reports, Mr. Aldrich has arranged to be in Eldora next month and begin a careful and systematic exploration of some of the mounds in the vicinity, the legal permission having been obtained.

In a large show window in Eldora for several days has been exhibited the skeleton of the man, which was found in a mound on the banks of the Iowa River, near Eagle City, six miles north. It has caused much interest and wonderment. Although well preserved, it is estimated that the skeleton is many centuries old. The skull is very large and thick, fully a quarter of an inch. A set of almost round double teeth are remarkably well preserved. They are yellow with age, are perfect in shape, and appear to have been double, both above and below. The femurs are very long showing a giant in stature.

Dr. N. C. Morse, a prominent physician who examined the skeleton, pronounced it that of a person who had evidently been trained for athletics, as the extremities were so well developed.

Cheat River
West Virginia

(From my favorite ancient giants book, "The Ancient Giants Who Ruled America" by Richard Dewhurst) In many respects the West Virginia Mounds are key to understanding the true story of the Giants who once ruled America. Not only are the West Virginia mound sites in Charleston, Wheeling and Moundsville, some of the most significant in size and number in United States, but in 1883, the Smithsonian dispatched a team of archaeologists to the South Charleston Mound led by Colonel Morris of the Smithsonian to conduct an extensive dig of the 50 mounds they found there and issue a detailed report. The report shows quite clearly that the team uncovered numerous giants, one of which was 7’6”tall and decorated with six heavy copper bracelets on each wrist and on his shoulder were three large plates of mica. In another mound, they found a circle of ten skeletons surrounding another giant skeleton, as well as underground vaults, various copper and mica ornaments, religious items, pipes and spearheads. Then, at a depth of nine feet, another giant skeleton was found in the remains of a bark coffin and it was noted in their report that this giant had a skull, which was of “the compressed or flat-head type.” In other words, this skeleton exhibited conehead characteristics similar to those found in South America and Egypt. As digs progressed in other parts of the state, archaeologists in Wheeling, WV found another grouping a giants ranging in height from 6’7” to 7’6” and also displaying unusual skull formations with low foreheads that sloped back gradually, “while the back part of the head is very prominent, much more so than the skulls of people living today.” Adjacent to these finds, an eight-mile wall and a hilltop temple were also found in Marshall County on Mount Carbon. And further down the Cheat River in 1774 settlers found what they dubbed “The Giant Town,” with numerous gigantic skeletons the most significant being that of an 8-foot tall male.

Giant civilization appear to have been often on the confluence of rivers, up and down the Illinois and Mississippi, as well as along the great lakes that were once in the west, like Lake Lohantan. In fact, as they dig up the basin near Tucson and a civilization they say might have been ancestors to the missing tribe, the HoHoKam who had canalways and astronomy preoccupation, one has to wonder what sort of skeletons they are uncovering. As of yet, I have not seen a photo shared.


If you want to find a giant, you need look at some of the things they coveted and places attributed to them.  They arrived along the Pacific route by sea - seafaring, along rivers and lakes. They mined copper and used seashells for adornment, built mounds often times, and were found in caves. They tended to like to build their civilizations along confluences where two rivers adjoined and along enormous lakes, such as Lake Lohantan in the Nevada/California area and Lake Michigan. Trade was done for Gulf Coast items with Native People, up and down the Mississippi and in the west they found haven in caves at the top of the mountains around the Lovelock Cave area as well as the Death Valley area, when these lands thousands of years ago were filled with water. They were preoccupied by astronomy and were excellent well diggers and canal designers, as well as megalithic stone structure architects. 

Knowing these things about the giants, looking at maps of ancient waterways, looking for items such as copper mining and tributaries that lead to the sea, caves up high on mountains that were once surrounded by water, one can find more skeletons and proof of giants. It's no rocket science, but it will take tenacious and tough people to traverse some lands that may not be hospitable today. One of my key areas of interest in Arizona is Red Mountain near Patagonia. It meets all the criteria. 

**Tomorrow's post is "Dead Crew At Sea!"**

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Alien Bases in Antarctica

Most people are unaware that in 1947, Admiral Byrd ran an invasion called "Highjump" in Antarctica. This involved 4000 troops from America, Australia and the UK, departing in ships from Norfolk, Virginia. The goal was a land grab and seeing how feasible it was to put bases on Antarctica, as well as testing frigid water conditions and the military's abilities.

The question is, why would Antarctica be of any importance? There is much to be said for being able to come and go as the military from an area so hard to see and get to that no one knows your business. But, might there be other things about Antarctica that makes it of importance to both Earthlings and aliens?

Byrd's maneuvers in Antarctica lasted 8 weeks and reportedly had many fatalities. Interestingly, as they left the region, they made port in Chile where Byrd did an interview. (SOURCEAdmiral Byrd revealed in a press interview that Task Force 68 had encountered a new enemy that “could fly from pole to pole at incredible speeds.” The reports supposedly leaked from Russian sources after the Soviet's collapse, hinted at the US having gone to Antarctica because of Nazi bases being set up there. This appears to be a fairly good explanation for such a large group of resources being sent to a no-battle zone in a difficult to reach location during war times. 

Below is a documentary about the supposed Nazi base in Antarctica that some say precipitated our desire to head down to Antarctica during war times. 

If I were an alien on a planet and I possessed craft that could handle extreme pressures, extreme temperatures and even resist lava's damage, I might put myself deep in an ocean, in a polar cap, or within volcanoes; all areas reportedly said to be UFO-related. 

I understand the reasoning for thinking Antarctica is an ideal place to hide your secret base and come and go without detection in a place on the planet that we humans do not like to populate. After all, there is no more vulnerable time than taking off and landing and the lower altitudes as far as being detected is concerned. 

There is talk of a recent America and China effort against the UFOs that resulted in a capture. 

Below is a 3-part documentary about the supposed battle with UFOs during WWII.

Another reports says that the Reptoids had a battle with Earth and have even manipulated our waves in our ocean to their advantage. These are extraordinary claims, but what is extraordinary when discussing aliens on Earth? If you believe they could be here, the biggest obstacle has been crossed and the rest is more easily believed.

What is up in Antarctica and would we even know if something was? That's the question. We do know that there was an official maneuver in WWII led by Admiral Byrd. Other than that, we have some amazing stories of countries having to fight battles on the icy waters of Antarctica. These may be extraordinary claims, but in some ways it seems feasible that there is something afoot down south.

This is supported by New Swabia. New Swabia is a region in Antarctica explored by Germany in 1939. It was said this was for the purpose of whaling and gathering whale oil. This bit of history had some wondering if the Nazis wanted Antarctica and what they wanted it for. Many legends were born of them going there to hide in a secret base, to be protected by the aliens and their UFOs and to even still exist there today. 

Legends, it seems begin with a seed of real events that are built upon with supposition and correlations made with hypotheses catching fire like dry kindling. What do we know of Antarctica and its supposed UFOs? Not much and, because it is so hard to monitor, it seems a most ideal hiding outpost on this planet. 

More info:
Nazis and Antarctica 
UFO crash over Antarctica
Reptoid battles

**Tomorrow's post is "Ancient Giants Found Along Steams"**

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Bermuda Triangle

You can't be a child of the 70s and not be utterly and forever fascinated with the Bermuda Triangle and its mystery.

Although the term "Bermuda Triangle" is not utilized by any military or map-making texts, it is popularly coined as an area of the western Atlantic between Puerto Rico, Miami and Bermuda that creates a triangular shaped location in the ocean of about 500,000 square miles where a great deal of ships and planes have gone missing.

One hundred ships and planes and about 1000 people have gone missing in the past 100 years in this region. Authorities claim this is not an unusual count for a well trafficked are in some tricky water conditions. 

It really caught the public's attention in a big way in 1945 when five Navy Avenger planes went missing. It was listed as pilot error, the squadron following the leader until they ran out of gas, but without recovery or more evidence, it is all a great unknown. In fact, my father had a friend in the Navy who was on one of the planes. He said that his friend was going to take his time off, but my father convinced him to visit his family for the holidays and save his time off. He regretted that advice ever since.

Putting all this mystery into perspective, insurers don't even recognize the Triangle as an issue, as the statistics do not frighten them. More likely, Cape Horn or another deadly region of the ocean would be more questionable.

There was a great deal of publicity and romance involving the Bermuda Triangle to make it a public love affair. I think one of the most significant things is the amount of aircraft that went down, which cannot be accounted for rough seas, and the most unusual cases that perplex. Let's have a look at some of those.

A 1918 cargo ship, the USS Cyclops, went missing with 300 men on board, making it perhaps the largest loss in the Triangle. It was a WWI disaster for America, as the ship went missing and they are certain it went down, but could not find it. It was taking bulk cargo from America to Brazil when it went missing. She came back with a load of manganese ore. But, the ship went missing somewhere around Barbados and left everyone wondering what had become of it. 

Cary Trantham in 1995 was flying her plane in a corner of the Bermuda Triangle when something happened that forever changed her. When she took off from the Florida Keys heading up the coast to visit her daughter, she recalled another pilot telling her of a dead space for radio silence along the coast. She did, however, have an uneventful landing and visit with her daughter, but when she went to fly back home, there was a storm on the horizon. Cary checked with the weather service. They told her to take a different path back.

When she was over Orlando, the plane began to shake wildly. Once she regained control, the sun began to set and she saw the lights of Miami. She was over the everglades when she saw a surface haze. All at once, it was like the entire plane was draped in something and she couldn't see out. Her compass was erratic, her headset was buzzing. She wasn't sure if she was level or not and could not get anyone on the radio - it was dead. Flying with no instruments or communications, she climbed and tried to see if that might help. Finally, a voice came over and helped her out and she was able to land, but not without the memories of the horrible fight to get out of the weird place she had entered.

Cary's experiences are chronicled on her site (below) and her book (below). I highly suggest reading these. 


The explanations have run the gamut from some kind of portal/vortex, alien abduction, releasing gases from the floor of the ocean, gravity fields, and more. I think we'd find that, like accidents on the highway, there are dozens of explanations for why and it may have nothing to do with that stretch of roadway in their explanation.

- Movies about it

Satan's Triangle
Lost Voyage
The Bermuda Triangle
The Triangle
Beyond the Bermuda Triangle
The Fantasy Journey
The Bermuda Depths
Mystery in the Bermuda Triangle
Escape From Atlantis
1313: Bermuda Triangle

More info:
Cary Trantham's book
Cary Trantham's site

**Tomorrow's post is "Alien Bases in Antarctica"**


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