This Crew Saw Something Strange Floating In The Ocean – And Then They Were Running For Their Lives

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Image: Frederik and Crew on Maiken

Then, as the Maiken turned west, Fransson and Håkan received an even bigger surprise. Suddenly, it seemed as if the Pacific Ocean had disappeared, replaced by inexplicable swathes of stone. “We looked out, and in front of us it was as if there was no more sea,” Fransson explained in a 2007 interview with Discover magazine.

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Image: Frederik and Crew on Maiken

“It was like the Sahara, with rolling hills of sand as far as the eye could see,” he continued. In fact, the Maiken had sailed headlong into a vast belt of pumice stones. According to Håkan, the phenomenon was many miles wide, causing the sailors to reduce their speed to just one knot.

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