Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Here's a maritime post with some spookiness! A legendary ship still haunts the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island. The ship ran aground sometime between Christmas and New Year's in 1783, bursting into flames and sinking into the depths. As the story goes, there were little provisions, bad weather, and the crew suffering from bitter cold, some dying. There is some evidence that a British ship, the Princess Augusta, did founder near Block Island, but time has expanded the story, and now we hear of the haunting. Block Islanders recall the wreck through poetry by John Greenleaf Whittier, with plunderers causing the flames, "like birds of prey, tearing the heart of the ship away, and the dead never having a word to say!"
Happy Halloween! Enjoy all the ghoulish fun the day has to offer!

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