An Ocean Filled With Ghost Ships!

Posted by Dennis M. on Feb 16, 2009 in Posts Views:5316;|


Friends, as a child I had a fascination with ghost ships. I read many books that recounted how, during voyages, sailors claimed to have seen them sailing by during the eerie night hours.

The wonderful painting shown above captures the scene perfectly: a fully rigged ship moving through dark waters towards an unknown destination with no humans on board. It’s enough to send a shiver down the spine. But perhaps the painting has a more prophetic message.

Perhaps, all too soon, given the number of calamities that are facing our species, there will be no humans at all and all the oceans of the earth will be filled with silent ghost ships that will pass each other on voyages that have no end.

And, perhaps, on land, skyscrapers and houses alike will show the signs of human habitation: tables set, beds made, pots on the stove, but there will be no sign of those who once so arrogantly trod the earth, those who thought they were invincible, who foolishly believed that they were made in the image of Gods, that they could trash the planet, that they could engage in wars without end, that greed was a worthy value, that they could develop weapons that could destroy millions, all without paying a price.

A whole world filled with the ghosts of what might have been, one where rats and cockroaches thrive, and ants make large, warring colonies, and flowers grow but remain unpicked, a world where the sun rises and falls and breezes whisper while the human edifices gradually disintegrate and fall one by one and become overgrown with vines.

Ghost ships sailing by, giving warnings that humans: ever arrogant, ever blind,  ever stupid, ever greedy, never heeded.

They are no more! And their anguished ghosts cry out!

But no one hears them.

Your feedback would be greatly appreciated.


Feb 16, 2009 at 12:06 pm

David, new to your site, wasn’t real happy with the red frog thing, but am going to hang in there and see what you have to say for a while. Grew up on the fringes of the Mormon church. Couldn’t deal with that. Turned off by the fact that religion actually kills more people than even doctors. Trying hard to make sense of the seemingly nonsensical human condition. Thank you for your input. Curious whether you can figure out my user name. I don’t think anyone ever has.


Feb 16, 2009 at 12:10 pm

The TRUE cause of Climate change is the worlds human Population. Humans are like maggots – an all consuming entity to bring about a change – then death (sorry maggots – no offence). We will destroy ourselves buy war or as the climate situation gets worse our responses becomes more radical and results in a drawn out inevitability of the death of our species. After which nature will restore a natural cycle, it will find a equilibrium between the remaining species and their natural environment. Until a new dominant species evolves/adapts and the cycle begins again and we become the ghosts of the past, spoken of as myths.


Therese Reply:

I am not a maggot, and I do not think that humans are much the cause of climate change.


Kemosobi Reply:

so what is causing climate change if not 6 billion humans and their consumption and waste lifestyles.


Feb 16, 2009 at 12:16 pm

In which case mother earth will breath a sigh of relief when she shakes us off her like a bad case of the fleas… ; )
But on a more serious note, we (humanity) are (or should be) the masters of our own destiny. If we are unable to come to terms with the chaos that is being generated by some of our own kind and cast these evil mother f%$#’s into the gallows or put them to the guillotine maybe we don’t deserve to be here.


Dennis M
Feb 16, 2009 at 12:43 pm

VR2, thanks for calling by. I’ll hang in for a while with your comments and hope they concern
themselves with the thread they appear in!

Kemosobi, hopefully the new dominant species will have more intelligence than we had!

Problem is that, presently, they have the military and the police and the law on their side, LT.


coco Reply:

just read that apparently two nuclear submarines of french and british ownership collided in the deep atlantic ocean last month………….
wow, you’d think with all that water and their supposed fancy radars etc, they’d manage to stay out of each other’s way………..
yes david, ghost ships and ghost subs…………


Feb 17, 2009 at 3:09 am

Last year I had a calendar of art work by people in concentration camps and hiding places. One painting was by a girl who hid for years in an attic. It was of the view from her window: It was of a ship floating down the Danube to the sea. The ship was filled with people sent on an endless voyage to their deaths. People already stripped of everything of value; live ghosts, soon to be dead ghosts. That particular picure I displayed at my work cubicle for most of last year. Though the storyine is different, I feel something deeply about these ships and what they represent. The picture you posted is one I am drawn to and would love to meditate on my wall. It is a glimpse into a mystery of the past with a message for the future.


Dennis M
Feb 17, 2009 at 8:49 am

Coco, I thought the same as you. So much for all the fancy technology!

Grace, perhaps it’s part of our instinctive awareness and dread of our mortality.


Feb 17, 2009 at 9:17 am

We cannot change in a wink of an eye the horrible things in Gaza and the prisons of Iraq, Afghan., USA, but we can contemplate human nature and the depths of the soul that got us here on the edge of an abyss of our very existence. I mean, what am I to think when week after week the headlines say, Global warming is far worse than we ever thought and nation’s are ham fisted and bloated with threats, high tech nuclear submarines “bumping into” each other. Oops?


Feb 17, 2009 at 3:36 pm

Things that go bump in the night! Occasionally they’ll scare the hell out of any of us. On a good day we won’t let fear have it’s way. Courage is short for act your age! Grow up! It’s what we do!


Feb 17, 2009 at 4:54 pm

In light of this report, I see the picture posted here as very prophetically eerie.


Dennis M
Feb 17, 2009 at 8:48 pm

Therese, that humans should go the way of the dinosaurs seems ironic. After all, we were intelligent.

Weren’t we?




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