Painting of the ghost ship Princess Augusta.

Painting of the ghost ship Princess Augusta. Rhode Island legend tells of a spectral ship that haunts the waters off Block Island, bursting into flame and sinking into the ocean.

Depending on the version of the story, the ship augurs bad weather, and may also appear on the Saturday between Christmas and New Year’s.

The tales hold that the ship is the ghost of one that wrecked on the island’s northern point shortly after Christmas 1738.

Read more about the supposed ghost ship off Block Island.


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