“A haunted ship?” The Good Captain questioned the man whom the unnamed bay was named after, “’n wha’ makes this ship haunted?”
It wasn’t quite the answer that the Good Pirate was hoping for but it answered the question he had asked. The man whom the unnamed bay was named after had offered the Good Captain more than he’d offer most other traders but there was still questions to be answered so the Good Captain pushed a little bit harder for a few more answers.
“’n wha’ sort o’ ghost has made th’ sloop its ship?” The Good Captain asked.
The man whom the unnamed bay was named after thought for a second then began to speak about the third ship.
“As you would know my friend sloops are fast, agile ships often used to chase down an enemy ship. Their uses in battle were limited because they didn’t hold the crew or the weaponry for large scale attacks on larger ships, but their ability to chase down a larger ship and chase it into a trap was unparalleled.
Your sloop is well armed for such a small ship and the addition of her second mast, by order of the British Navy and designed by the same man who designed them for sea crews of the Caribbean, has made her faster and more stable on the high seas. She was mistaken by many as a cutter rather than sloop until they saw her agility and speed.”
The history lesson on his chosen ship was welcome but the Good Pirate was waiting patiently for the man whom the unnamed bay as named after to get to the explanation about the ship being haunted.
“There be only sixty cannons aboard such a sloop but that did not stop her when she was fired upon. It was during one of those battles, and not the final battle either, that changed the destiny of this ship forever. The pirate whom I did buy this old sea girl off told me this story and I am now going to tell you as the new owner.
She was in the seas off Puerto Rico, chasing down a galleon full off treasure looted from the island of St Lucia. Her own fleet of three war ships were also chasing but they were too far behind to offer assistance during the onset of her first battle. She gave a good fight, defended well until her back up arrived and continued the fight.
Eventually the galleon was defeated, boarded and the treasure regained, but not without loss. The losses aboard the sloop were substantial with thirty five of the crew dead before the battle was over but miraculously the ship herself only sustained damage to her front mast.”
As a pirate of many years the Good Captain knew that losses at sea, while not easy to accept, were a way of life especially during battle, but dead crew was not what he wanted to hear about. He said nothing and waited for the man whom the unnamed bay was named after to speak as he promised to do.
“Obviously the mast has been repaired, and she does sail as good as the day she was launched,” The man whom the unnamed bay was named after said. “I myself sailed her, but only for a few hours and those hours were all daylight hours. Therefore cannot myself say the words of the man who sold me the ship are true or false, but like you have no reason not to believe an honest man like myself, I had no reason not to believe the man whom I purchased the ship from.
The word from the man who sold me the ship was that the ship is haunted by the very captain who on that faithful day of Puerto Rico lost his life. The man went on to tell me that in ledgers he found after his purchase of the sloop there was recounts of that terrible day and survivors recounted that the captain was hit multiple times by cannonballs, not one of them alone enough to kill him. He only died when he fell into the water, unseen by anyone, and could not swim to save his own life.”
The Good Pirate was starting to see an end point to the story the man whom the unnamed bay was named after was telling, but rather than surmise the ending he waited for its natural end.
“He now haunts the ship. As I have said, I myself have not seen this ghost, but the man who sold me the ship was adamant the stories were true because he had witnessed the ghost himself.”
Ghost were not something that the Good Pirate had ever been scared of, he’d seen many of his own, good and bad. Whether he was entirely happy buying a haunted ship he was unsure but what the man whom the unnamed bay was named after said next had him more intrigued that ever and he suddenly knew his third choice of ship was exactly right.
“The captain of the ship at that time of battle,” the man whom the unnamed bay was named after said, “was a strong and determined captain. Respected so highly by his crew that many of the survivors never set sail again because of that respect. But above all of that he was loved and adored for his antics and his unique ability to entertain a crew. He was a scallywag of the highest degree and the reports from the man who sold her to me is that he lost none of that in the years since his death.”
“It’s like ye were keepin’ her ‘n jus’ waitin’ fer me arrival.” The Good Captain said when the man whom the unnamed bay was named after finished his story.
Previous Pirate story here.