The Ghost Ship Mystery created by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Aldens are vacationing on the coast. They get to stay in a special suite at the hotel called the Crow’s Nest. The name of the place is The Black Dog Inn, and there’s actually a black dog. In the night, the Aldens see lights out over the water and wonder what they are. They are told about the ghost ship, or legend says anyway. A local boat was lost at sea, the grandfather of someone still living in the village. No one knows what happened to him, but there are rumors that there was a mutiny aboard the ship and one person betrayed another. Because of this there are hard feelings between some of the descendants. The Aldens start poking around to see what treasures they can find.
What I liked
I bet there are a lot of good stories about the ocean, if you live in a small ocean town. I am not an ocean person, but sometimes it’s neat to feel that mystery. It’s neat to imagine that the sea is to one side of you, the land is to the other side, and there’s all kinds of mystery out on the water that you can’t see.
I also really like ghost stories. They’re interesting first of all, but they tend to tell a lot about the history and culture of an area and maybe an era.
What I didn’t like
Again, this story involves people who are mad at each other without a lot of evidence. It’s one thing if you know someone did something awful to someone in your family, but if you only have guesses and whispers, it’s unfair to everybody involved to be harboring bad feelings towards someone. What did they ever do to you? Nothing, apparently.
If you see a strange light on the ocean, it’s probably a ghost ship.
Do you have a favorite ocean ghost story?
Have you ever been mad at someone without having any evidence of a reason to be mad at them?