Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

Season 2 Episode 17

The Phantom Strikes

Aired Monday 7:30 PM Jan 16, 1966 on ABC



  • Allusions

    • Both Nelson and Krueger allude to the Flying Dutchman.

      There are a number of different references: a medieval legend of a Captain Falkenburg, cursed to sail the North Sea until Judgement Day, dicing with the devil for his soul; a 17 century Dutch Captain, Bernard Fokke, known for the uncanny speed of his sea voyages and suspected of being in league with the devil. The first printed reference is in the 1775 book Voyage to Botany Bay, by George Barrington, concerning a Dutch Man 'o War that was lost "some years ago" off the Cape of Good Hope, seen again by its sister vessel when it returned through the same area. It became known as the "Flying Dutchman". Still another reference is in the May 1821 issue of Blackwoods Magazine, concerning an Amsterdam vessel captained by a Hendrik van der Decken 70 years previously. After a long day of fighting the wind to get through Table Bay, a vessel asked the captain if he intended going into the bay that night, and the captain replied, "May I be eternally damned if I do, though I should beat about here till the day of judgement."

      Prince George of Wales (later King George V of the U.K), and his tutor claimed to have seen the "Flying Dutchman" in 1880 off the coast of Australia.