Legend has it that around the mid-17th century a Dutch
vessel was trying to round the Cape of Good Hope at the
tip of Africa. The seas there are notoriously
treacherous and storms can make conditions even worse.
The captain of the ship was anxious to get home and
tried to round the Cape in bad weather.
Despite facing the desperate conditions, the captain
would not turn back, cursing to the heavens that he
would round the Cape "even if it took all of eternity." He muttered that he would rather sail until doomsday
than sit out the storm at anchor.
Angrily, he announced that even the Almighty couldn’t
stop him. When a heavenly figure appeared on deck, he
shot at it. The divine visitor then proclaimed that the
ship would never again find rest, and whoever sees it
would also be stricken by disaster.
The Flying Dutchman has been seen by
sailors in those waters for hundreds of years. Its
appearance is considered a harbinger of doom.
One of the most famous sightings was first by a seaman
then by Prince George in 1881. Prince George later
became King George V. The seaman who first sighted the
Dutchman fell off from the topmast and died later in the
same day. Also in 1881
a Swedish merchantman
passed in the path of the Flying Dutchman.
Upon sighting the Dutchman the lookout fall from his
post and died but not before saying he saw the Flying
Dutchman. A second lookout was sent up the mast and he
died two days later.
A few years later, an American ship whose name was
Relentless was rounding the Cape of Good Hope. After
spotting the Flying Dutchman, the captain ordered the
helmsman to head for the Dutchman so he could get a
better look but the helmsman died at the wheel. Later
that night, three crewmen were washed away.
In later years, the Flying Dutchman was encountered
In 1911 the Orkney Belle came across it. This
ship, in 1914, was the first British ships sunk in the
In 1939, over sixty people saw the Dutchman head toward
the beach then disappear right before their eyes. This
took place in South Africa.
In 1942, according to Admiral Karl Doenitz of the German
Navy, U boats had logged sightings of the Flying
Dutchman. Also in 1942, the Flying Dutchman was sighted
by HMS Jubilee. Nicholas Monsarrat, author of The
Cruel Sea was on watch and signaled to the ship but
received no reply. He made a log book entry that a
schooner of an unknown class was moving under full sail
yet there was no wind.
In 1943 four people in Capetown saw the Dutchman
disappear behind an island. In 1959 the Staat Magelhaen
had a ship appear in front of it on a collision course.
Just as the ships were about to collide, the FlyingDutchman
disappeared. A person was visible at the wheel. The man
at the wheel is said to be her captain Van Decken
serving his sentence of damnation. During
storms the Cape lighthouse often reported seeing The
How could anyone be sure that they were looking at the
Flying Dutchman unless they could read the name on the
side of the ship? Sir Walter Scott wrote about the
Dutchman and said "She is distinguished from earthly
vessels by bearing a press of sail when other vessels
are unable, from stress of weather, to show an inch of
A movie was made about the Flying Dutchman which stared
James Mason and Ava Gardner and it was very popular at
the time. There is also an opera by Richard Wagner about
Here comes the Flying Dutchman,
Comes fast through the hissing spray,
And proceeding by the tempest he heads for Table Bay.
With bird-like speed he's borne along before the howling
But he never can cast anchor there, for the Bay, alas,
- Traditional English Ballad
Like all of our
pirate ship models, these Flying Dutchman pirate ship
parts are wooden or metal
Blackened metal cannons and wooden carriage. All
of the gun under the deck are "real" guns which are
comprised of metal barrels and wooden carriages.
48" x 36"
T x 16" wide
S & H is $220
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Pearl pirate ship,
pirate ship, and the
Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge pirate ship model.