The Phantom Ship

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The Phantom Ship - By Frederick Marryat - Classic Novels.

The Phantom Ship (1839) is a Gothic novel by Frederick Marryat which explores the legend of the Flying Dutchman and, in one chapter, features a werewolf.

The plot concerns the quest of Philip Vanderdecken of Terneuzen in the Netherlands to save his father - who has been doomed to sail for eternity as Captain of the Phantom Ship, after he made a rash oath to heaven and slew one of the ...

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Overview

The Phantom Ship - By Frederick Marryat - Classic Novels.

The Phantom Ship (1839) is a Gothic novel by Frederick Marryat which explores the legend of the Flying Dutchman and, in one chapter, features a werewolf.

The plot concerns the quest of Philip Vanderdecken of Terneuzen in the Netherlands to save his father - who has been doomed to sail for eternity as Captain of the Phantom Ship, after he made a rash oath to heaven and slew one of the crew whilst attempting to sail round the Cape of Good Hope. Philip sails around the world in a number of ships, in the employ of the Dutch East India Company, so that he can redeem his father by presenting him with the relic of the Holy Cross he wears round his neck. His quest, however, brings him into conflict with earthly and unearthly powers as the sight of the Flying Dutchman brings doom to all who encounter her.

One chapter concerning a werewolf has often been excerpted in anthologies of supernatural fiction as The White Wolf of the Hartz Mountains.

The novel was originally serialised in The New Monthly Magazine beginning in March 1837 and ending in August 1839.

'About the middle of the seventeenth century, in the outskirts of the small but fortified town of Terneuse, situated on the right bank of the Scheldt, and nearly opposite to the island of Walcheren, there was to be seen, in advance of a few other even more humble tenements, a small but neat cottage, built according to the prevailing taste of the time. The outside front had, some years back, been painted of a deep orange, the windows and shutters of a vivid green. To about three feet above the surface of the earth, it was faced alternately with blue and white tiles. A small garden, of about two rods of our measure of land, surrounded the edifice; and this little plot was flanked by a low hedge of privet, and encircled by a moat full of water, too wide to be leaped with ease. Over that part of the moat which was in front of the cottage door, was a small and narrow bridge, with ornamented iron hand-rails, for the security of the passenger. But the colours, originally so bright, with which the cottage had been decorated, had now faded; symptoms of rapid decay were evident in the window-sills, the door-jambs, and other wooden parts of the tenement, and many of the white and blue tiles had fallen down, and had not been replaced. That much care had once been bestowed upon this little tenement, was as evident as that latterly it had been equally neglected'.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781169838604
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 2/28/2011
  • Pages: 406
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.94 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2001

    An adventurous classic

    The first documenting of the Flying Dutchman, The Phantom Ship tells the amazing story of a man cursed by his father's dying words and his beautiful wife's fight to keep her religious beliefs while she waits for his return. Though the language can take some getting used to, the story had me hooked by the end of the first chapter. This book is a love story, a ghost story, and an adventurous sea story, with plot twists that include a werewolf and the Spanish Inquisition. I highly recommend it!

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