Ghost ship series: Full moon rising
Full Moons are traditionally associated with temporal insomnia, insanity and various magical phenomena such as lycanthropy. Psychologists, however, have found that there is no strong evidence for effects on human behavior around the time of a full moon. They find that studies are generally not consistent, with some showing a positive effect and others showing a negative effect (hence the terms lunacy and lunatic) Many neopagans hold a monthly ritual called an Esbat at each full moon, while some people practicing traditional Chinese religions prepare their ritual offerings to their ancestors and deities on every full and new moon. It is traditional to assign special names to each full moon of the year, although the rule for determining which name will be assigned has changed over time (see article at blue moon). An ancient method of assigning names is based upon seasons and quarters of the year.
You might have seen the film, Ghost Ship, but not might be aware that ghost ships have existed for centuries. Like the movie, some ghost ships are fictional, while others are real.
Some ghost ships crewed by the dead, while some ghost ships are real ships that have disappeared or sunk tragically. Yet, other ghost ships are still afloat today, but believed haunted by ghosts, such as the Queen Mary and the USS Lexington. Also of interesting note, real ghost ships such as the Mary Celeste, Baychimo, MV Joyita and the Jian Seng were found sailing the seas with no crew! Fictional ghost ships in literature appeared in the 1700's in books such as The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner - the most famous ghost ship being The Flying Dutchman.
In modern English, the term ghost ship has come to stand for at least one of three separate definitions, all of which involving unexplained circumstances. Historically, the term has been used to refer to reported sightings of apparitions over water that have appeared in the form of maritime sailing ships, often after having previously been known to have sunk, or to derelict vessels found floating with no crew. In fiction, ghost ships have often been vessels crewed by some manner of spectral beings.
This millennium has brought ghost ships back into people's minds, as moviemakers are making famous The Black Pearl and The Flying Dutchman in the Disney trilogy The Pirates of the Caribbean. Fans of the movies can watch the ghost ships go to battle in the third installment, which has spawned all sorts of children's play sets and games.
Of note, the Black Pearl had one of the scariest ghost ship crews in the first movie, as they were truly a "skeleton crew." The second film had the Flying Dutchman filled with all sorts of sea creature crewmen as a truly unique and unbeatable ghost ship. The third movie pitted both ghost ships against one another, but then brought the ghost ships together in battle against the British armada.