This article will be covering the SS Ourang Medan mystery of 1947, when the troubled Dutch merchant ship managed to enter the list of famous unsolved mysteries…
The SS Ourang Medan Story
1947, and two US vessels making their way through the strait of Malacca received a frantic and seemingly troubled Morse code message…
“All officers including captain are dead lying in chartroom and bridge. Possibly whole crew dead.”
That initial message was freaky enough…but then it was followed by a coded gibberish message…which was then followed with…
The Morse code message then stopped – and only silence was heard.
The Silver Star
The American ‘Silver Star’ crew were understandably disturbed by this strange message, and the vessel set off to locate the Ourang Medan. Within a couple of hours, they located the ship drifting slowly on the water.
The ship looked fine – completely undamaged, but when the Silver Star attempted to hail it’s crew…there was no response!
They decided to send over a small party and board the vessel, to find out what was going on. As the party made their way on deck, they came across a truly twisted scene.
The Ourang Medan’s crew were scattered all over the decks of the ship, dead. They all lay on their backs with their eyes wide open…and their arms outstretched towards the sun. The boarding party also noted that the ship’s dog was dead.
The bodies were checked, but no visible wounds were found on them.
They found more bodies below deck, including the communications officer who sent the Morse coded message. They also found the captain and his officers on the bridge – dead.
More of the Silver Star’s crew began to board the ship, to carry out a more thorough investigation. They later reported that the boiler room of the ship was incredibly cold…whilst the rest of the ship was really quite warm in temperature.
Without warning, a mysterious fire broke out below deck, and as the boarding party were unable to contain it. They had to get off the mysterious ship instantly.
Unfortunately they never got the opportunity to get back on the Ourang Medan…as the mysterious fire destroyed it and sank it into the sea.
The Ourang Medan Wreck Theories
The most popular theory linked to this mystery involves hazardous chemicals – many believe that the ship was secretly carrying these chemicals and they reacted with the salt water…resulting in a gas that asphyxiated the crew.
A number of skeptics now believe that the SS Ourang Medan never really existed – it is nothing more than a sea-bound urban legend…but numerous reports were put forward by the crew of the Silver Star?
Unfortunately, no published documentation about the event appeared until a full four years after it was supposed to have happened.
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