The body of a German sailor was discovered on board this yacht in 2016
Words by Philip Reynolds
Tales of ghost ships are legion and have had a particular hold on the public imagination - even causing some to cling to strange sailor superstitions - down the years. Most involve the absence of crew, thus heightening the mystery, though there are instances where some poor souls are aboard and there is no apparent reason for their untimely demise.
Most recently, the body of German sailor Manfred Fritz Bajorat was found slumped over the desk of his yacht Sajo. The grim discovery was made by fisherman when they boarded the drifting yacht off Barabo in Surigeo del Sur province. As yet the authorities have found no obvious reason for his death and the German embassy in Manila has not commented. Local police chief Mark Navales said “it is still a mystery to us”.