Pseudopod 133: Grave of Ships

By Richard Marsden

Read by Ian Stuart

“I know you come from the States and you see this Isle of St. Mary as nothing but quaint. Well, we is a quaint folk and content to be in our cups at the Bishop n’ work the fields and tend to tourists and pull fish from the sea. But as your kin I am to say that the Scilly Isles hold secrets. Every day some of them are shown but only the wise would know it. Only an islander can tell you of it. I want you to listen because you are my kin and so you’ll be told of the Isles of Scilly.

“If you look out from any portion of St. Mary’s out to the wide and gray sea you can gaze at the Grave of Ships. The isle is not friendly to outsiders who sail and never has been. It was in 1707 that a whole treasure fleet was dashed unto the rocks and drowned many a soul, including Shovell, the lord of that ill-fated expedition. Since then the Crown hasn’t much use for Scilly or the government we have nowadays. Since Shovell’s treasure spilled on our beaches, along with the bloated bodies, the isle has claimed hundreds of other vessels. Some drawn too close by storms, others lured in by Wreckers with their false lights and sharp blades.”

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March 13th, 2009 10:34 am

As possibly the only person listening to this that has stepped foot on the Isles of Scilly, I think I should point out that this is only in part fiction: I doubt that the narrator ever existed, but the rest of this story is almost certainly true.

March 14th, 2009 12:28 am

An eerie, gripping story read to perfection!

March 14th, 2009 2:06 am

Great job, Richard! Congratulations!

March 14th, 2009 1:06 pm

An old fashioned ghost story and all the better for it.

The narration really brought the story to life.

March 16th, 2009 3:43 pm

An excellent story of horror at sea. Always one of my favorites.

On the subject of Alasdair discussing creepy tunes of turmoil and death at sea, check out The Book of Knots.

‘Tis music to twist the innards.

no name
March 16th, 2009 11:21 pm

pure gold this one, thanks again escape artists !!

March 17th, 2009 5:49 pm

Hmm, rustic horror…and surprisingly belivable.

Speaking of 20th Century Ghosts, I read ‘Best New Horror’ in Waterstones, the first story from the book, and it instantly became one of my favourite horror stories of all time; read the first story in Hill’s book in-store and if you like it, get it! You won’t regret it!

March 20th, 2009 9:12 am

I bought 20th Century Ghosts for my Kindle last night, based on your recommendation. Man-o, Best New Horror painted one heck of a scary picture and certainly attributed to the creepy dreams I had last night. Loving it! :)

P.S. I really liked the reading on this one, it really drew me in.

March 22nd, 2009 8:26 pm

Didn;t understand the story at all on this, but enjoyed listening to the great reading nonetheless.

Tom Fury
March 26th, 2009 3:31 pm

I always love stories about ships and the sea, and this one didn’t disappoint me in the least. Sure, it was maybe a little derivative and the plot concept wasn’t really new, but it was so well done and so well read that none of that made any difference, at least not to me.

Ogion The Ski-napper
March 30th, 2009 2:53 am

A good little old-fashioned yarn that didn’t outstay its welcome.