Phantoms of the deep, or: legends and superstitions of the sea and of sailors (1903) Free PDF book
This book illustrates the stories of sea ghosts and phantoms, that prevailed all the world. Some people still believe in some stories and others deny them completely,
Excerpt from the book’s introduction:
Among the many wonderful changes wrought in the various conditions of life by the progress of the scientific investigation and modern achievement, there are none so complete as those affecting the man of the sea.
The swift journey to Europe has become an affair of so little moment to many that it is hardly thought of until Jand fades from sight, and the modern traveler sets out on his voyage around y/ the world with less trepidation than the Roman poet felt and described when he left his native city for the short journey that carried him across a narrow sea into temporary banishment.
It is difficult, then, for us to realize the terrors which the ocean possessed for the ancient mariner — almost impossible for us to understand the implicit belief which he evidently held in the many monsters, fiends, physical dangers, and curious phenomena that would now only serve to provoke laughter or astonishment.