Monday, 11 April 2011
01:04:31 PM (GMT)
The SS Ourang Medan was a Dutch cargo ship that sent out a distress call, but by the
time help arrived the entire crew were dead with their eyes open, staring ahead with
a look of incredible horror on their faces. As she was about to be towed to land the
ship exploded, and sank to a watery grave – refusing to give up any answers as to
what happened on her salty decks.
The first mention of the SS Ourang Medan and all its suddenly dead crew was in a
periodical published by the United States Coast Guard. Allegedly, the ship sent out a
distress call, it went something like this:
"All officers including captain are dead lying in chartroom and bridge. Possibly
whole crew dead." This message was followed by indecipherable Morse code then [the
words] "I die."
Help arrived as you can imagine – and only after a few hours. It was too late.
Everybody on board was dead. As the rescue party boarded they saw a gruesome sight
– the entire crew was at the doorway of decomposition with their eyes open, their
arms outstretched, and their lifeless faces twisted in absolute horror. The ship’s
dog was dead as well – found with a tooth-filled snarl on its lips.
The Medan itself was completely undamaged, and the sailors had no visible wounds to
explain their mass-demise. Before the boat could be explored further flames exploded
out of the cargo hold, and the would-be rescuers were forced back to their own
vessel. Then the death-ship exploded, and sank out of man’s reach. Had the other
ship’s crew not managed to cut the ropes holding the two barges together, perhaps
both would have plunged together.
There are several theories as to how all those men died – ranging from the
inhalation of carbon monoxide to some kind of nefarious UFO intervention. In the end,
nobody really knows what happened.