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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The tale of the S.S. Ourang Medan
 Does Old CIA Document Confirm Legend? 

I recently had a friend send me a CIA document she ran across during her many document searches.
The old document was in reference to a story I knew a little about but had never dug up the full tale.

So of course, I had to do some research and find out more about the tale of the S.S. Ourang Medan.

Here is the story in a nutshell -  "In June of 1947, two American vessels sailing the Strait of Malaca in Indonesian waters received a distress call from a Dutch merchant ship, Ourang Medan. Message read, “All officers including captain are dead lying in chart room and bridge. Possibly whole crew dead,” followed by a final transmission “I die.” One of the American ship, SS Silver Star attempted to hail the ship, but to no avail. When they boarded the ship, they found the deck littered with corpses. The entire crew was dead, including a dog aboard the ship. The bodies of the crew all showed signs of being frozen in terror at the moment of death. Their facial expressions horrified, teeth bared, eyes pointing at the sky. They had no visible signs of trauma. The ship finally exploded and sank."

There is a lot of skepticism about this story and even if the S.S. Ourang Medan even existed. There could be some reason why the ship was never registered and can't be found on records. It could be because of the ships activities it was purposely left off of public records. There is, according to reports, record of the SS silver star being involved in a failed rescue attempt.

There has been several theories as to what killed the crew. Some suggest it was because the ship was carrying some type of deadly gas or the some type of gas emerged from out of the ocean. Many point to this "gas" as being the cause of death and the fire/explosion.  But then it makes me question why when the crew from the SS Silver Star boarded the Ourang Medan, they did not succumb to the deadly gas.

Now, we get to the CIA document. It appears that the CIA did in fact get a request for information about this interesting tale. But it is unclear at this point if the CIA ever replied or gave any kind of formal statement about the tale or the Ourang Medan.

CIA Document.
Of course, some of the names and things are blotted out but it does appear the request for information is real and it is on the "Freedom of Information Act,CIA" website (link below).

In my searching I was able to find the CIA document online, thanks to Wikipedia. If you would like to look over this document for yourself, Just Click Here!

Now, does the mere existence of this document support the legend or does it just prove someone was taken in by this tall tale? I guess that is up for debate but it is clear that the story has been intriguing for many years and it status is "officially" unconfirmed.


This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.

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