Ghost Ship Picture
This watercolor painting depicts a ghost ship crossing turbulent seas. The concept of a ghost ship is an ancient one, from the concept of ancient Egypt in which the sun god took a ship to cross through the underworld to rise, to the ancient Greeks who believe that a soul journeyed accrossing the River Styx upon death. In "The Divine Comedy" and also "Paradise Lost", the ferryman Charon is in modern times commonly believed to have transported the souls of the newly dead across this river into the underworld, though in the original Greek and Roman sources, as well as in Dante, it was the river Acheron that Charon plied. To this day, mythological ghost ships capture our imagination in modern day films like "Pirates of the Caribbean".