The Flying Dutchman
The legend of phantom ship Flying Dutchman concerns the Dutch Captain Vanderdecken (or Van Straaten) and his vain attempts to enter Table Bay against impossible winds. It is the subject of Wagner's opera, Der Fliegende Holländer (1843) and Frederick Marryat's novel, The Phantom Ship (1839).
Around the world, this legend takes on other names. In Germany, there is the nobleman Falkenburg and his flaming ghost ship. In Chile, there is the Caleuche.