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Old 04-19-2005, 10:17 PM
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The original "Ship of the Damned"?

I was watching Masterpiece Theatre last night,* and someone made a reference to "The Ship of the Damned," referred to as a "famous short story...about a boat that had a hole in it."

Now, I've heard the term about a billion times throughout the years, but I can't seem to remember the original source. And a google search only turned up a novel based on the "Philidephia Experiment," and some sites on the S.S. St. Louis.

So, can anyone enlighten me? What WAS the "Ship of the Damned"?

*By which I mean "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" on the Cartoon Network. There, ya happy?
Old 04-19-2005, 10:35 PM
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I immediately thought of ATHF when I read the thread title, and I didn't even watch it last night.
Old 04-19-2005, 11:09 PM
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This is the only thing I found.
Old 04-20-2005, 08:49 AM
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Not sure if this fits, but I first thought of the Marie Celeste when I read the OP. Conan Doyle did a short story and he changed the name to the Mary Celeste.
Old 04-20-2005, 08:54 AM
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Nothign to add, other than I remember seeing at least one parady of it, poissibly more. There was an ep. of The Simpsons where Homer has to donate a kidney to Abe, but runs away and is on a "ship of the damned" which includes other people who had to run away from society. One person's story had tigers! From the way the scene looked, it semed to be set either jsut before or just after WWII, most likely French. This makes sense, cause I seem to recall Frylock saying he had a French name for his costume.
Old 04-20-2005, 09:12 AM
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Looking at, I have found out it is called either the "Ship of Lost Souls" or "The Island of Lost Souls." Hmm..."Island of Lost Souls" is a 1930s' movie of The Island of Dr. Moreau.. Near as I can tell, a ship of lost sould/the damned is just a general reference made to a collection of people who for whatever reason have turned away from society, usually because of something wrong they did. I would imagine it harkens (ha! first time I think I've ever used that word) back to an original short story by someone, but odds are it's not called "The Ship of Lost Souls/The Damned," but something different...something probably French.
Old 04-20-2005, 01:47 PM
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For some reason, the flying dutchmen came to mind when I read the op.
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Old 04-20-2005, 02:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Ranchoth
the S.S. St. Louis.
That would be the Voyage of the Damned. A book--a good one, as I recall--of the account was published in 1974 and a movie starring Faye Dunaway was released two years later.
Old 04-20-2005, 04:55 PM
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I thought The Flying Dutchman as well, where they're forced to sail the seas forever.

I just saw that Simpsons episode repeated yesterday or the day before. "The name on the back says 'Honeybunch.' 'Yarrr, I've been meaning to paint over that.'"
Old 04-20-2005, 05:12 PM
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Chiming in. When I see "Ship of the Damned," I also assume the reference is to The Flying Dutchman. As you can see from the link, there's a Wagner opera on the subject. Don't know about a short story, though.
Old 04-20-2005, 05:52 PM
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I don't know if it's called "The Ship of the Damned" but the wreck of the French frigate Medusa off the African gold coast certainly meets most requirements for that. Especially the actions of the survivors on the raft that many tried to used to get to shore.

Basically, if you can think of some horror perpetrated by humans on other humans, it happened: Cannibalism, tossing snotty people off the raft to the waiting sharks, murder...

When the news got out, it shocked the world, and there's at least one famous painting of the raft in question.

I don't know if this is what the Masterpiece theatre was thinking of, with "Ship fo the Damned," but it fits, far more than Mary Celeste. And at least as well as Flying Dutchman.
Old 04-20-2005, 06:27 PM
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First thing I thought of was The Pogues's Turkish Song Of The Damned:
You remember when the ship went down
You left me on the deck
The captainís corpse jumped up
And threw his arms around my neck
For all these years Iíve had him on my back
This debt cannot be paid with all your jack
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