"All officers including captain are dead, lying in chartroom and bridge. Possibly whole crew dead.”
The message was followed by Morse Code that couldn't be deciphered. Then came a grim message:
A group of ships nearby triangulated the signal and traced it back to a Dutch freighter by the name of SS Ourang Medan.
There was an American merchant ship nearby called the Silver Star. They decided to respond to the SOS and changed their course to head straight for the SS Ourang Medan.
As they neared the ship, the crew of the Silver Star saw no signs of life on board. The captain bravely volunteered to step aboard the ship, assembling a small crew to go with him.
What they found aboard was death.
Everyone on board was dead, including the ship's dog. Despite the looks of horror frozen on their faces, there were no signs of the cause of their deaths. Not only did their bodies appear to be unharmed, but the ship itself was in pristine condition.
They decided to tow the boat back to port but as they stepped back on their own boat, the crew noticed billows of smoke pouring from the lower decks of the death ship. The ship burned, eventually disappearing beneath the water, never to be seen again.
Some say the crew died of carbon monoxide poisoning. Some say there may have been lethal cargo like nerve gas underneath the ship that killed the crew and eventually caught fire. And some say the SS Ourang Medan never existed at all.
What do you think?
⬅️ F Is for Frederick Valentich