'Ghost ship' spotted

IS THIS the ghost of the famous Elizabethan ship that floundered off Alderney in 1592?

Alderney holidaymaker Bill Cook, accompanied by his wife, took these pictures of a seemingly ghostly small three-masted vessel close to the island’s coast just before Christmas. Any person who can shed light on the ship is asked to email editor@ alderneyjournal.com.
Alderney holidaymaker Bill Cook, accompanied by his wife, took these pictures of a seemingly ghostly small three-masted vessel close to the island’s coast just before Christmas. Any person who can shed light on the ship is asked to email editor@ alderneyjournal.com.

IS THIS the ghost of the famous Elizabethan ship that floundered off Alderney in 1592?

Alderney holidaymaker Bill Cook photographed the spectre-like vessel on Wednesday 19 December as it headed towards the breakwater.

Mr Cook was on a drive around the island with his wife.

‘It was a misty day and quite atmospheric and my wife asked me to stop the car so she could take a picture of the lighthouse,’ said Mr Cook.

‘She was just using her point-and-shoot camera and said she could see something at sea.

‘I got my camera out and zoomed in on it and I could make out a small three-masted vessel hugging the coast.

‘We watched it for a while as it made its way to the breakwater and towards Guernsey, passing a Condor ferry on the way.’

Mr Cook suggested it could be The Matthew, a replica of the 15th-century ship that took John Cabot from Bristol to Newfoundland.

‘When I got back I noticed it wasn’t docked, so I thought it could be the one I saw.’

But doubts persist. Enquiries to the organisation that runs the Matthew for corporate and public trips have not yielded a response, and the vessel did not stop at Guernsey or Alderney, according to harbour authorities.

Was it a ghost ship?

Email me at editor@alderneyjournal.com if you have any information.

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Alderney is to stage its very first performing arts festival.

The event, to be held from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 May, will see performances from talented groups and individuals from the world of dance, theatre and music.

Performers travelling to the island for the festival include Reinis Zarins, an up-and-coming Latvian concert pianist, Breton dance troupe Legendanse and the more-modern Rockabellas.

It will also feature sets from Alderney troupes such as the Vocalistas, Tom Hicks and Casey Jo from Guernsey and workshops on skills such as mandolin and percussion playing.

Comments for: "'Ghost ship' spotted"

Jones

is this not the winter scheduled Bumblebee Cruise service?

A.J.

It was either motoring, or being towed by a Submarine.

Guernsey Fudge

A sneaky attempt at trying to boost Alderney's ailing tourist industry.

DA

Could it be the Black Pearl?

Charly G

Curious,I was on a very recent visit to St Malo,(this year),and in one of the inner harbours near the Casino,was what i beileve to be the above so called ghost ship,Except it was far from ghostly! Hope this info helps any budding ghost busters.

Island Wide Voting

See that Rosie.They even go for drives around the island in Alderney!

PLP

Definitely Condors new ferry - faster and more reliable!

Sarkee

I think the vessel is "Etoile du Roy" currently at St Malo, she is on AIS digimaps.

slep

My wife and I boarded the Étoile du Roy in St.Malo in September. By comparing the photos I took of it it does look very similar to the one pictured above.

Foodshe

You Sir are correct. A graphic comparison does in fact prove that this is a photo of the Étoile du Roy ship. Thank you

guern

If a ghostly ship one with propellers!

Note wake and flag direction!

Not under sail, being moved by power.

Devil's Advocate

There was a big tall ships race in St.Malo this year, the channel was full of tall ships.

Michele Day

Oh for the romance of a ghost ship. Even though the chances are slim to say the least, it is a nice thought that our ancestors are still out there somewhere.

BotherSaidPooh

Ghost ships are nothing new, merely a side effect of living in a multidimensional Universe.

What appear as ghosts are simply atmospheric particles being perturbed by virtual particles a la "Brownian Motion" travelling across the void to our 4 dimensional existence.