The Legend of Wyoming’s Platte River Death Ship
For over a century, Wyoming residents have reported a strange and unsettling apparition, the mysterious Death Ship of the Platte River.
Images of the infamous ship rise out of fog in late fall along the Platte River, between Alcova and Torrington. According to local lore, if you see it, there's a chance that someone you know will die.
The legend dates back to 1862, when a trapper allegedly witnessed a ship covered with frost sailing down the Platte. The ship's crew was huddled around the body of his fiance, who was found dead later that day.
In 1887, a cattleman near Guernsey, Wyoming, claimed he saw the image of his wife on the ship. She died later that day.
Then, in 1903, another man was chopping down a tree near the Bessemer Bend near Casper when he saw the body of a friend laid out on the ship's deck. As fate would have it, his friend also passed away that day.