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20th Mar '17 10:34:16 AM Theriocephalus
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has all kinds of dark fun with this concept:

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' has all kinds of dark fun with this concept:



* ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' has ''dozens'' of ghost ships, ghost planes, ghost cars, even ghost ''tanks'' that run the gamut from unambiguously good to pure evil.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' has ''dozens'' of ghost ships, ghost planes, ghost cars, even ghost ''tanks'' that run the gamut from unambiguously good to pure evil. Some of the most notable, although there are many more:



** USS ''Arizona'' sometimes appears in ghostly form when ships (usually American, but not always) are in danger in the Pacific. She appears to be crewed by the ghosts of the Sailors and Marines who died aboard the battleship on December 7th, 1941, and the ghost of Rear Admiral Isaac Kidd frequently walks around the flag bridge looking for his Annapolis class ring. Though the ship & crew are benevolent, they are marked by the trauma of their death, and any living soul who boards ''Arizona'' will have vivid nightmares and eventually go insane if they stay too long.

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** USS ''Arizona'' sometimes appears in ghostly form when ships (usually American, but not always) are in danger in the Pacific. She appears to be crewed by the ghosts of the Sailors sailors and Marines marines who died aboard the battleship on December 7th, 1941, and the ghost of Rear Admiral Isaac Kidd frequently walks around the flag bridge looking for his Annapolis class ring. Though the ship & and crew are benevolent, they are marked by the trauma of their death, and any living soul who boards ''Arizona'' will have vivid nightmares and eventually go insane if they stay too long.



** A ghostly [[AlwaysLawfulGood 1974 Plymouth Fury police cruiser]] patrols the western USA, often teaming up with lawmen. It will occasionally chase a ghostly [[AlwaysChaoticGood red 1965 Ford Mustang]] that also haunts the highways. The two ghost cars will [[TeethClenchedTeamwork join forces]] to protect people from a malevolent 1969 Cadillac hearse that feeds on the blood of its victims.

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** A ghostly [[AlwaysLawfulGood 1974 Plymouth Fury police cruiser]] cruiser patrols the western USA, often teaming up with lawmen. It will occasionally chase a ghostly [[AlwaysChaoticGood red 1965 Ford Mustang]] Mustang that also haunts the highways. The two ghost cars will [[TeethClenchedTeamwork join forces]] to protect people from a malevolent 1969 Cadillac hearse that feeds on the blood of its victims.



** There are many, many more.



20th Mar '17 10:29:31 AM Theriocephalus
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* In William King's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novel ''SpaceWolf'', the new marines are sent with a sergeant to find out what happened to another company. They find a tunnel, head down it, and find fragments of Marines' armor. Among other things.
** In ''Ragnor's Claw'', they face a space hulk, which is a conglomeration of dead ships, and float in and out of warp without visible control.
** At one point Literature/CiaphasCain reminisces, if that's the term, about boarding a space hulk during his time with the Reclaimers Space Marine chapter. It was infested with purestrain Tyranid genestealers, who proceeded to carve their way through the Space Marines' ''Terminator armor'' -- the biggest, baddest powered armor a living Marine can wear -- without any real trouble.
*** The seventh novel ''The Emperor's Finest'' depicts this period in detail at last.

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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' novels:
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In William King's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novel ''SpaceWolf'', ''Literature/SpaceWolf'', the new marines are sent with a sergeant to find out what happened to another company. They find a tunnel, head down it, and find fragments of Marines' armor. Among other things.
** In ''Ragnor's Claw'', they face a space hulk, which is a conglomeration of dead ships, asteroids and float wreckage fused together over the eons that floats in and out of warp without visible control.
** At one point In ''The Emperor's Finest'', Literature/CiaphasCain reminisces, if that's the term, about boarding helped clear a space hulk during his time with alongside the Reclaimers Space Marine chapter. It was infested with purestrain Tyranid genestealers, who proceeded to carve their way through the Space Marines' ''Terminator armor'' -- the biggest, baddest powered armor a living Marine can wear -- without any real trouble.
*** The seventh novel ''The Emperor's Finest'' depicts this period in detail at last.
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21st Jan '17 12:43:28 AM JadeEyes1
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* The merchant vessel ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Joyita Joyita]]'' was found adrift in the South Pacific in 1955, 600 miles off course, minus her 25 passengers and crew. The life boats and dinghy were missing, as was most of the ship's cargo. Bizarrely, the ship's starboard engine had been covered with mattress (as if to plug a leak), even though her hull was completely sound. None of the passengers or crew were ever found, and the case remains unsolved to this day. The ''Joyita'' is sometimes referred to as "the ''Mary Celeste'' of the South Pacific".

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* The merchant vessel ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Joyita Joyita]]'' was found adrift in the South Pacific in 1955, 600 miles off course, minus her 25 passengers and crew. The life boats and dinghy were missing, as was most of the ship's cargo. Bizarrely, the ship's starboard engine had been covered with mattress (as mattresses, as if to plug a leak), leak -- even though her hull was completely sound. None No trace of the passengers or crew were was ever found, and the case remains unsolved to this day. The ''Joyita'' is sometimes referred to as "the ''Mary Celeste'' of the South Pacific".
21st Jan '17 12:42:23 AM JadeEyes1
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* The merchant vessel ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Joyita Joyita]]'' was found adrift in the South Pacific in 1955, 600 miles off course, minus her 25 passengers and crew. The life boats and dinghy were missing, as was most of the ship's cargo. Bizarrely, the ship's starboard engine had been covered with mattress (as if to plug a leak), even though her hull was completely sound. None of the passengers or crew were ever found, and the case remains unsolved to this day. The ''Joyita'' is sometimes referred to as "the ''Mary Celeste'' of the South Pacific".
18th Jan '17 6:55:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Literature/{{Boojumverse}} story ''The Wreck of the Charles Dexter Ward'', a sci-fi CthulhuMythos story by Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette. A SapientShip and its crew have been killed off and its crew 're-animated' by a MadScientist. Turns out the leader of the 'rescue' team knows all about this -- his fellow crewmembers are not so happy, and decide to put a stop to things before they become the next experiments.

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* The Literature/{{Boojumverse}} story ''The Wreck of the Charles Dexter Ward'', a sci-fi CthulhuMythos Franchise/CthulhuMythos story by Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette. A SapientShip and its crew have been killed off and its crew 're-animated' by a MadScientist. Turns out the leader of the 'rescue' team knows all about this -- his fellow crewmembers are not so happy, and decide to put a stop to things before they become the next experiments.
5th Jan '17 9:38:50 PM Scoutstr295
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* Quite a few real life examples can be found on the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ghost_ships list here]].
** Scurvy or epidemic diseases have been known to wipe out all hands.
* [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-449670/Three-sailors-vanish-modern-day-Mary-Celeste-riddle.html In 2007]], the catamaran ''Kaz II'' was found deserted with the engines running and all the life jackets still on board. Like the Mary Celeste, the three crew members were never found. What ''was'' found was a video camera containing footage of said crew members [[TooDumbToLive conspicuously not wearing said life jackets whilst up on deck]], making their probable fate fairly easy to guess.

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* Quite a few real life examples can be found on Even ''even'' stranger is the [[http://en.case of the ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ghost_ships list here]].
org/wiki/SS_Baychimo Baychimo]]'', a cargo ship which was abandoned after being trapped in Arctic pack ice in 1931. The ship became dislodged from the ice and spent the following 38 years drifting around Alaskan waters, sometimes sighted and occasionally boarded by Inuit and salvagers. She was last seen in 1969.
** Scurvy or epidemic diseases have been known Similar to wipe out all hands.
the ''Baychimo'' is the ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Lyubov_Orlova Lyubov Orlova]]'', a Yugoslavian cruise ship which became the subject of a brief media frenzy when tabloids falsely claimed that it was infested with man-eating rats and was about to run aground on the British coast.
* [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-449670/Three-sailors-vanish-modern-day-Mary-Celeste-riddle.html In 2007]], the catamaran ''Kaz II'' was found deserted with the engines running and all the life jackets still on board. Like the Mary Celeste, ''Mary Celeste'', the three crew members were never found. What ''was'' found was a video camera containing footage of said crew members [[TooDumbToLive conspicuously not wearing said life jackets whilst up on deck]], making their probable fate fairly easy to guess.
5th Jan '17 9:25:52 PM Scoutstr295
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* The ''Mary Celeste'' was found adrift near the Strait of Gibraltar in 1872. The Canadian brigantine Dei Gratia found her in a dishevelled but seaworthy condition, under partial sail, with plenty of provisions onboard and with her lifeboat missing. The Captain and crew's personal belongings were undisturbed, and the last entry in the Captain's log was dated 10 days earlier. The ten people (eight crew and two passengers) who had been aboard when the ship sailed were never found.

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* The ''Mary Celeste'' was found adrift near the Strait of Gibraltar in 1872. The Canadian brigantine Dei Gratia ''Dei Gratia'' found her in a dishevelled but seaworthy condition, under partial sail, with plenty of provisions onboard and with her lifeboat missing. The Captain captain and crew's personal belongings were undisturbed, and the last entry in the Captain's captain's log was dated 10 days earlier. The ten people (eight crew and two passengers) who had been aboard when the ship sailed were never found.



** Another, more plausible theory was given at the time by an experienced sea captain (who had even commanded the ''Mary Celeste'' a few years earlier) once he'd checked the weather records and the ship's manifest. The barrels the alcohol was stored in were notorious for losing up to 10% of their contents by evaporation on the run she was on. Normally, the cargo hatches were left open to allow this to be ventilated out, but the weather was bad on most of that run and so the hatches were sealed. When opened during a patch of good weather, enough alcohol vapor could have been present to cause a worrying rumbling sound as it vented off. Knowing how potentially dangerous fire and explosion with such a cargo was, the ship's company might have gotten in the ship's boat and stood off at the end of a line to wait for things to calm down (or blow up). In this instance, they would have taken the ship's papers, charts, and navigational instruments with them in case the ship did blow up, and these were all missing from the ship when it was found. If the weather turned too rough to return to the ship, they would have had no choice but to wait and hope it got better. Apparently, it didn't, and the line parted under the rising stress of the bad weather and rough seas.

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** Another, more plausible theory was given at the time by an experienced sea captain (who had even commanded the ''Mary Celeste'' a few years earlier) once he'd checked the weather records and the ship's manifest. The barrels the alcohol was stored in were notorious for losing up to 10% of their contents by evaporation on the run she was on. Normally, the cargo hatches were left open to allow this to be ventilated out, but the weather was bad on most of that run and so the hatches were sealed. When opened during a patch of good weather, enough alcohol vapor could have been present to cause a worrying rumbling sound as it vented off. Knowing how potentially dangerous a fire and explosion with such a cargo was, the ship's company occupants might have gotten in the ship's boat and stood off at the end of a line to wait for things to calm down (or blow up). In this instance, they would have taken the ship's papers, charts, and navigational instruments with them in case the ship did blow up, and these were all missing from the ship when it was found. If the weather turned too rough to return to the ship, they would have had no choice but to wait and hope it got better. Apparently, it didn't, and the line parted under the rising stress of the bad weather and rough seas.
21st Dec '16 10:29:53 AM Ohio9
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* The ''Mary Celeste'' was found adrift near the Strait of Gibraltar in 1872. The ten people (eight crew and two passengers) who had been aboard when the ship sailed were never found.

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* The ''Mary Celeste'' was found adrift near the Strait of Gibraltar in 1872. The Canadian brigantine Dei Gratia found her in a dishevelled but seaworthy condition, under partial sail, with plenty of provisions onboard and with her lifeboat missing. The Captain and crew's personal belongings were undisturbed, and the last entry in the Captain's log was dated 10 days earlier. The ten people (eight crew and two passengers) who had been aboard when the ship sailed were never found.
18th Dec '16 2:29:58 PM Vindicar
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Duskers}}'', you roam the universe full of these, and [[AfterTheEnd very little else]]. Except they are not as empty as they may seem...
16th Dec '16 8:48:40 PM Angeldeb82
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The main characters receive a DistressCall or randomly come across a (seemingly) deserted vehicle and have to figure out what happened and [[EverybodysDeadDave where everybody went.]] Usually they run across [[MonsterOfTheWeek exactly what happened]] when it tries to eat them. A BigDumbObject may be involved. And sometimes [[BigBoosHaunt there are actual ghosts]].

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The main characters receive a DistressCall or randomly come across a (seemingly) deserted vehicle and have to figure out what happened and [[EverybodysDeadDave where everybody went.]] went]]. Usually they run across [[MonsterOfTheWeek exactly what happened]] when it tries to eat them. A BigDumbObject may be involved. And sometimes [[BigBoosHaunt there are actual ghosts]].



* Before ''Film/EventHorizon'' and ''Film/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon'', ''Film/TheBlackHole'' was about a Ghost Ship [[RecycledInSpace In Space]]. The Crew discovers the USS Cygnus devoid of its people, except for the Captain and his crew of robots. Except that many of the robots are [[spoiler:the zombified remnants of the original crew!]].

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* Before ''Film/EventHorizon'' and ''Film/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon'', ''Film/TheBlackHole'' was about a Ghost Ship [[RecycledInSpace [[RecycledINSPACE In Space]]. The Crew discovers the USS Cygnus devoid of its people, except for the Captain and his crew of robots. Except that many of the robots are [[spoiler:the zombified remnants of the original crew!]].crew]]!



* The second season of ''Series/BronBroen'' begins with a ship colliding with the titular bridge, which proves to be completely deserted [[spoiler:apart from a group of young people chained up in the hold, who have been infected with plague.]]

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* The second season of ''Series/BronBroen'' begins with a ship colliding with the titular bridge, which proves to be completely deserted [[spoiler:apart from a group of young people chained up in the hold, who have been infected with plague.]]plague]].



* In ''VideoGame/{{Stationfall}}'', the cause of the station's emptiness turns out to be [[spoiler: an alien artifact that corrupts and controls technology; if you lose, it duplicates itself and spreads the copies throughout human space.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Stationfall}}'', ''[[VideoGame/{{Planetfall}} Stationfall]]'', the cause of the station's emptiness turns out to be [[spoiler: an alien artifact that corrupts and controls technology; if you lose, it duplicates itself and spreads the copies throughout human space.]]space]].



** ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' has two:. The MVS Estevanico, which crashed on a planet about a hundred years ago. Even though it's a historical relic, it's falling apart and it's also extremely creepy. And we also have [[spoiler:the dead Reaper]]. Abandoned for what's estimated to be '''37 million years''', and the people who found it quickly went crazy [[spoiler:due to being indoctrinated.]] The level also counts as an almost literal ghost ship, since even though the ship is all but dead, [[spoiler:dead gods still dream.]]

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** ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' has two:. The MVS Estevanico, which crashed on a planet about a hundred years ago. Even though it's a historical relic, it's falling apart and it's also extremely creepy. And we also have [[spoiler:the dead Reaper]]. Abandoned for what's estimated to be '''37 million years''', and the people who found it quickly went crazy [[spoiler:due to being indoctrinated.]] indoctrinated]]. The level also counts as an almost literal ghost ship, since even though the ship is all but dead, [[spoiler:dead gods still dream.]]



* Double subverted in ''VideoGame/ChronoCross''. The party while sailing through dense fog runs across a ship that is known as a ghost ship and decides to rest, but quickly finds that it's in fact a pirate ship using the legend as a deterrent. After being taken prisoner the party finds out that another ship has arrived directly adjacent, an actual ghost ship... [[BigBoosHaunt with actual ghosts.]]

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* Double subverted in ''VideoGame/ChronoCross''. The party while sailing through dense fog runs across a ship that is known as a ghost ship and decides to rest, but quickly finds that it's in fact a pirate ship using the legend as a deterrent. After being taken prisoner the party finds out that another ship has arrived directly adjacent, an actual ghost ship... [[BigBoosHaunt with actual ghosts.]]ghosts]].



** Subverted in the sequel, in which the Derelicts are revealed to be [[spoiler: broken down pieces of PowerArmor used by the [[EldritchAbomination Suul'ka]].]]

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** Subverted in the sequel, in which the Derelicts are revealed to be [[spoiler: broken down pieces of PowerArmor used by the [[EldritchAbomination Suul'ka]].]]Suul'ka]]]].



* One appears in ''[[VideoGame/LufiaIIRiseOfTheSinistrals Lufia II]]'' as an ''actual boss fight''.

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* One appears in ''[[VideoGame/LufiaIIRiseOfTheSinistrals Lufia II]]'' ''VideoGame/{{Lufia II|RiseOfTheSinistrals}}'' as an ''actual boss fight''.
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