The legends of ghost ships are part of a rich folklore in testimony. In particular with crews who saw a mystical sailboat, and without explanation, having disappeared before their eyes. It is the legend of Yarmouth, disappeared at sea in 1812, just a few weeks after its construction.


Credit: American Library of Congress, (LC-USZ62-109)

Yarmouth was a 2000-ton brigadier built by Randall Macdonald, who had settled in Yarmouth, Abeerden, Scotland in 1790 with his family, which included his wife Rebecca, and his children. Randall had the vessel built to carry on maritime trade with the West Indies to sell fish and other seafood.

In 1812, Randall, his wife and crew left Yarmouth for the West Indies with the ship laden with her food. Arrived safely, the captain sends a message to Scotland in his hometown to warn that they will leave shortly.

It was then that no more people returned the ship and the members on board.

1 year later, still at Yarmorth Harbor in Abeerden, a strange vision took place. Indeed, several witnesses saw the ship docking off, lowering her sails, anchoring in the distance without ever getting closer to the port. Surprised, the sailors decided to take a boat to meet the ship, thinking that something was wrong.

Actually something was wrong, the more they walked towards the ship, the more they noticed that nobody was on board. Then, as they boarded, they heard a chilling voice screaming from the captain’s cabin, a message they will remember:

Stay away! Stay away!

It was the brutal shock, the boat yet under their eyes, suddenly disappeared! First, the sailors wondered if they had gone crazy, and if this vision was real. According to their testimonies, they could take God as a witness to have seen the Yarmouth here, before their eyes! As well as the witnesses present on the port and the other ships present too.

One year later, then the following year, and the years that followed, the witnesses had the same vision, until it became weaker and weaker for 60 years.

We still do not know what really happens to Captain Randall MacDonald and his crew, and if the visions of onlookers, often notables of the city who have never had doubtful reputations, were real or collective hallucinations, even for 60 years.

Today, the mystery remains intact.



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