A report on Caleuche

Legendary ghost ship from Chilote mythology in southern Chile.

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The mysteriously derelict schooner Carroll A. Deering, as seen from the Cape Lookout lightship on 28 January 1921. (US Coast Guard)

Ghost ship

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Vessel with no living crew aboard; it may be a fictional ghostly vessel, such as the Flying Dutchman, or a physical derelict found adrift with its crew missing or dead, like the Mary Celeste.

Vessel with no living crew aboard; it may be a fictional ghostly vessel, such as the Flying Dutchman, or a physical derelict found adrift with its crew missing or dead, like the Mary Celeste.

The mysteriously derelict schooner Carroll A. Deering, as seen from the Cape Lookout lightship on 28 January 1921. (US Coast Guard)
The Flying Dutchman by Albert Pinkham Ryder
The discovery of the Marlborough, as depicted by Le Petit Journal in 1913
An engraving of Mary Celeste as she was found abandoned.
MV Joyita. The ship was partially submerged and listing heavily to port side.

Undated – The Caleuche is a mythical ghost ship that, according to local folklore and Chilote mythology, sails the seas around Chiloé Island, Chile at night.

Icon in the church of Dalcahue: Christ being surrounded by mythological creatures of Chiloé

Chilote mythology

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Formed by the myths, legends and beliefs of the people who live in the Chiloé Archipelago, in the south of Chile.

Formed by the myths, legends and beliefs of the people who live in the Chiloé Archipelago, in the south of Chile.

Icon in the church of Dalcahue: Christ being surrounded by mythological creatures of Chiloé

The Caleuche

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Three Crowns of the Sailor

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1983 French fabulist film with surrealist and oneiric flourishes written and directed by Chilean director Raúl Ruiz.

1983 French fabulist film with surrealist and oneiric flourishes written and directed by Chilean director Raúl Ruiz.

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The duality of the living and the dead represented on the Funchalense, a ghost ship redolent of the Caleuche and Flying Dutchman myths (the latter hinted at by composer Jorge Arriagada's elements of Wagnerian pastiche), is representative of the diaspora after the 1973 military coup abruptly ended President Salvador Allende's democratic attempt to integrate socialism into Chilean political culture.