I do admit that I've never experienced the 'specter' of the Phantom Ship. When one reaches the city limit of Bathurst, a large sign, with the drawing of a burning ship greets you.
As per the legend, in the middle 1800, a cargo ship on route to Boston, stopped in the bay. That night, murder and mayhem occurred. Many said that a woman was tied to the mast, for reasons none are sure. When she got herself free, she lit a fire on board. Most of the crew died, they either burned or drowned, or both.
And for years this ghost has appeared on the water. Some people even showed me pictures of what they think is the phenomenon of the Phantom Ship. The weather conditions on the bay must be perfect with a clear sky and bright moon, a cool summer day, and a little fog over the bay. The best view would be from Salmon Beach, situated in East Bathurst.
People say that they can even hear the sailors shouting and the boat creaking under the greedy flames. They see, a blurry form of a large ship, the sails ripped and aflame.
Perhaps one day you and I will be lucky and see it too.