12. Ghost Ship in the California Desert

If you thought that sitting in a landlocked desert would keep you away from creepy ghost ships, think again! This story involves treasure hunters, crazy old prospectors, a spectral ship, and one of the most unfortunate alleged navigation errors in human history. Pull up a seat whippersnapper, and let ol’ Matt tell you about the Ghost Ship of the California Desert, dagnabbit!

This episode was written by Matthew Armstrong with music by Matthew Armstrong and production assistance from Kaylia Metcalfe.

A transcript of this episode is available here.

Show Notes

Juan Iturbe 

 Straits of Anian


Albert Evans

An example of a fake UFO newspaper story

The Ship in the Desert. 

Hector Lee

More about Myrtle Botts

Pioneer Museum in Julian, California

Lost Tribe of Israel

Don Laylander, an archaeologist with ASM Associates


Melchior Diaz

Mahogany Ship.

Thomas Cavendish

Salton Trough

Lost Dutchman’s Mine of Arizona

Flying Dutchman

Indiana Jones


AltaOnline:  https://www.altaonline.com/dispatches/a5707/buried-treasure-of-the-california-desert/

Desertsun.com:  https://www.desertsun.com/story/desert-magazine/2019/12/02/5-facts-lost-ship-california-desert-what-we-know/3981175002/

DesertUSA.com:  https://www.desertusa.com/desert-activity/lost-ship-desert.html

Lost Ships of the Desert:  http://www.lostshipofthedesert.com/

Skeptoid: https://skeptoid.com/episodes/4209

Unexplained and Unexplored: https://meaww.com/unexplained-and-unexplored-legend-califonia-ghost-ship-viking-treasure

Wikipedia – Lost Ship of the Desert:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_Ship_of_the_Desert

Lee, Hector. 1984. Heroes, VIllains, and Ghosts, Folklore of Old California. Capra Press, Santa Barbara, CA.

Schlosser, S. E. 2005. Spooky California. Insiders’ Guide, Guilford, CT.

Music in this episode was preformed by Matt Armstrong.

If you have a story about a ghost, some bit of folklore, or anyting else you want to share, please contact me.

Photo credit: Wood photo created by wirestock – www.freepik.com

Published by kayliametcalfe

Queer,loudmouth,skeptical-agnostic-pagan,book addict,coffee lover,wine drinker, SAHM,writer,editor,producer,podcaster. -She/her

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