He heard the ropes creak

My grandmother saw the Teazer blown up. She saw it from the Tanner’s house on Heckman’s Island, the first house across the bridge on the right. She saw the British gunboat come inside of Grey Island, now called Pearly Island, and the boats leaving her with eight sweeps on a side, sixteen in all. They were bound up to capture the Teazer. Before they reached it the runaway British soldier who was on board of it blew her up. Since then she has often been seen. I know one man who was out fishing and the ghost of the Teazer got in his way. He heard the ropes creak in the blocks and he thought she was going to run into them.

Helen Creighton, Folklore of Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia (National Museum of Canada Bulletin No. 117, 1950).

[The Young Teazer was a privateer, trapped in Mahone Bay and fired by her own crew on 26 June 1813 to prevent her falling to British warships. She was often later seen as a ghost ship.]

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Bruce Wishart
Whimsies. Sometimes about writing.
Sometimes about folklore. Sometimes
about the sea, or life on the coast.
And sometimes not.