"You have a debt to pay" says Davy Jones, captain of the Flying Dutchman, to captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of Caribbean : Dead Man's Chest. Who is Davy Jones? He was a captain of of a ship called The Flying Dutchman, and what was Flying Dutchman? it was a ghost ship that is doomed to sail and never touch a land until the end of time.

The Flying Dutchman is a folklore among sailors. The story of Flying Dutchman starts in 1641. Some version of the story starts with an Amsterdam vessel sailed from port. The captain of the ship was Van der Decken (not Davy Jones like in Pirate of Caribbean movie). Captain Van der Decken was a staunch seaman. One day the captain decided to entered Table Bay, but the wind headed them and went against them. The harder they tried the more wind blows the other way, then the captain said to the wind "May I be eternally damned if I do, though I should beat about here till the day of judgement". The ship never got into the bay. It is believed that The Flying Dutchman continues to beat about in these seas still, and will do so until the judgement day.


There have been many reported sightings of the Flying Dutchman on the high seas in the 19th and 20th centuries. One of the most famous was by Prince George of Wales (later King George V of the United Kingdom). During his late adolescence, in 1880, along with his elder brother Prince Albert Victor of Wales (sons of the future King Edward VII), he was on a three-year-long voyage with their tutor Dalton aboard the 4000-tonne corvette HMS Bacchante. Off the coast of Australia, between Melbourne and Sydney.

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