Are ghost ships real? – Peter B. Campbell

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In 1884, the British steamer “Rumney” crashed into the French ship “Frigorifique.” Seeing their ship filling with water, the French crew climbed aboard the “Rumney.” But as they sailed towards port, a silent form emerged from the fog – the abandoned “Frigorifique,” seemingly back for revenge. So what happened? Peter B. Campbell investigates the fascinating phenomenon of ghost ships.

Lesson by Peter B. Campbell, animation by Zedem Media.



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  1. 2:38 I do not get it , I thought the pressure on both sides of the hole should be equal for the water to stop flowing in. witch means the water should level on both sides , inside and outside. How could it be ?
    trapped air pressure would be an option.

  2. Well that's certainly disappointing.  I rather like the idea of a soul collector, plotting greedy seamen against each other, just to meet his quota and send a boatload to the underworld…with a killer Mudvayne soundtrack to boot!

  3. In New Zealand there is a similar tale of 'the phantom canoe/waka'. During the Mt Tarawera eruption of 1886, a small group of people paddling across Lake Tarawera saw a war ship. Sadly, the eruption was devastating which means investigations were never carried out. But there are some amazing and pretty eerie diary entries from the time!

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