"All officers including the captain are dead lying in the chartroom and bridge. Possibly whole crew dead." This message was followed by indecipherable Morse code then one final grisly message… "I die!"
The distress call from the Dutch freighter SS Ourang Medan, which was picked up by several ships near Indonesia in February 1948, contained these chilling words.
When a rescue vessel arrived on the scene a few hours later, it tried to hail the Ourang Medan, but there was no response. A boarding party was sent to the ship, and upon arriving, they discovered a frightening scene that has made the Ourang Medan one of the most mysterious and terrifying ghost ship stories in history.
When the boarding party arrived at the Ourang Medan, they found that all of the crew and officers were dead, with wide-open eyes, arms outstretched, and expressions of terror on their faces. Even the ship's dog was found dead, snarling at some unseen enemy.
An Abrupt Explosion
As the rescue crew approached the bodies in the boiler room, they felt a chill despite the temperature being above 40℃. They decided to tow the Ourang Medan back to port, but before they could get underway, smoke started emanating from the hull. The rescue crew quickly left the ship and barely had time to cut the tow lines before the Ourang Medan exploded and sank.
The Mysterious Clues That SS Ourang Medan Left Behind
Sailors sailing through the trade route of the Malacca Strait have reported receiving a series of strange SOS signals while their ships were near the shores of Malaysia and Sumatra. The source of the signals was an invisible ship.
Sailors have reported multiple instances of a cursed ship appearing and disappearing mystically.
Sailors who came to offer aid to the unlucky vessel found that the deck was filled with the frozen bodies of humans and dogs.
The corpses, observed to be lying on the deck, appeared to be defending themselves against unseen attackers.
The expressions on their faces seemed to indicate that they had experienced something terrifying before their deaths.
The body of SS Ourang Medan's communication officer was found sitting in his duty chair, lifeless and with no visible signs of injury.
It was clear that the crew of the ship had endured great suffering, though the cause of their suffering was never determined.
It is a mystery how the entire crew and captain could all die at once without any evidence of foul play or sabotage on the ship.
The observers found no damage to the ship that might explain the sudden deaths of the crew.
The only ship that attempted to tow the unlucky vessel to the dock encountered mysterious smoke emanating from the ship as soon as they attached the tow line. This is strange, as there were no visible signs of damage to the ship or any serious malfunction of its components.
The rescue party was shocked when the SS Ourang Medan exploded with loud noise as soon as they removed the tow line from the ship. It was a scene that they would never forget.
Some members of the rescue team claimed to have heard mysterious whispers on the ship, but they were never able to determine the source.
According to one member of the rescue group, they heard terrifying and inhuman laughter coming from the deck.
Some members of the rescue team even reported seeing strange lights that appeared and disappeared suddenly while they were on board the Ourang Medan.
It is a mystery how the corpses, left in the sun, managed to remain frozen despite the atmospheric temperature being above 40℃.
The biggest mystery of all is the very existence of the ship SS Ourang Medan. There are no records that can confirm that this ship ever existed.
There is disagreement about the origin of the ship. Some believe it originated in Sumatra, while others say it was Dutch.
To this day, no one has been able to determine what exactly happened on the ship that resulted in such widespread fatalities.
Some observers have suggested that the fourth hold of the ship may have contained illegal and deadly substances.
Some experts have even hinted that the deaths of the crew and the demise of the Ourang Medan may have been caused by extremely lethal biological weapons.
To this day, the fate of the SS Ourang Medan and her crew remains a mystery. What do you think happened to the ship? Do you believe it ever existed? If so, could it have been carrying illegal or deadly substances and weapons? What could be the secret behind the SS Ourang Medan? These questions remain unanswered.