Fireship of Baie des Chaleurs

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The Baie Chaleur Fireship, aka the Chaleur Phantom or the Phantom Ship, is an arc of light that occurs on the bay, usually before a storm. Because its cause is unknown, and because some witnesses claim to have seen an apparition of a three-mast galley ship, local legend says that the light is indeed a phantom ship. There are several stories that explain the phenomenon. One is that in 1501, a Portuguese captain arrived for the second time to kidnap natives to sell as slaves when he was captured and killed by the angry locals. When his brother sailed here looking for him a year later, his ship was set afire, and as he and his crew perished, he swore to haunt the bay for 1,000 years. Another story tells of a ship’s crew who was afraid of an impending storm. The superstitious men singled out one of the crew as the culprit for their bad luck and murdered him; the ship is said to have caught fire in vengeance. A third legend says a band of pirates were attacking and killing a woman when she cursed them with her last words: “For as long as the world is, may you burn on the bay.”

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NB, Canada

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47.62705922975712, -65.65606212476268
Gloucester County
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