Ghost Ships (Minke Jonk)

This week, Minke also presented a practice run of her First Year Presentation. We discussed her research surrounding hauntings at sea – the ocean can be seen as a liminal space, but at the same time it is central as a stage for these maritime ghost stories. Haunting takes on an aspect of the unnatural – opposed to the supernatural – as the ghost ships disregard the laws of nature, emphasising the perceived lack of control of nature in the age of sail. At the same time, these narratives evoke a sense of nostalgia for these days of sail and empire, and the sublime possibility of being haunted at sea.