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Spooky Tales of the Sea

Going to sea is a frightening enough proposition with the normal dangers of the sea. Add superstitions and dangerous shipmates, and it is a wonder anyone leaves a safe harbor.

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The men who "go down to the sea in ships" tend to be a superstitious group, with good reason. Once you get out of sight of land, there are many, many things which can kill you. That far out to sea, it is highly unlikely that anyone back home will ever know what happened to you.

Perhaps, sailors, perhaps, are not so much superstitious as they are cautious. There is no logical proof that beginning a voyage on a Friday will result in disaster, or that whistling a happy tune on the deck of a sailing vessel will call up storm winds. You simply cannot prove that these calamities will occur, but you cannot prove that they will not, so why take unnecessary chances?

The sea covers more than two-thirds of the planet's surface, which means that a world where mankind is supposed to have dominion is largely unexplored by humans. Oceanographers like to point out that more men have stood on the surface of the moon than have been to the Marianas Trench, the deepest spot in the oceans.

Consider the giant squid. These monsters can be from thirty to almost fifty feet in length and weigh hundreds of pounds. For millennia, giant squids have been thought the stuff of legend because science had never seen one, although there were reports of the monsters or their body parts washing up, dead, on remote beaches. Science has yet to figure out a reliable way to photograph a giant squid in its natural habitat, the only known video of a giant squid in the wild was shot off Japan in 2012.

Which begs the question, if something as big as giant squid can hide from us, what else might be lurking in the unknown depths?

As scary and dangerous as a life at sea can be because of the natural and supernatural forces at play there. The greatest danger on a voyage can come from one's fellow passengers and crew. By centuries-old tradition, a vessel's master has absolute authority, indeed the power of life and death, over those who sail with him. This tradition arose from the fact that the captain has absolute responsibility for the souls which board his vessel. However, history has shown that a captain may succumb to what he sees as a higher responsibility to his mission or another obsession. When that happens, woe be to those sailing with him.

Going to sea has always been seen as a way to escape one's transgressions onshore. Not everyone who sets out on a voyage is a fugitive from justice, of course, but over the course of the journey, those aboard the vessel may get to know one another better than husband and wife, and the picture painted is not always a happy one.

  • Weird CircleThe Weird Circle, 1944, "The Ancient Mariner". This adaptation of Coleridge's immortal poem uses actors and modern speech in place of the author's colorful but sometimes confusing language, but it retains the darkness and gravity of the original work. Coleridge's publisher informed him that several copies of "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" were sold to sailors who thought it was a collection of sea songs.
  • Guest Star Theater, December 26, 1954, "The Blue Albatross". An American girl was murdered in London and the killer is drinking his memories away in a Melbourne waterfront bar. The Australian authorities know what he has done and are enthusiastic to allow an American schooner with a freight of wheat for Liverpool shanghais the killer. When he awakens from his stupor, he sees that the ship is being followed, by a blue albatross.
  • The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, June 16, 1947, "Death in the North Sea". A diamond merchant married a much younger girl and then took a young business partner. Naturally, the partner and the wife fall in love, but the diamond merchant refuses a divorce. Naturally, the business must be dissolved, but the partners make a final buying trip to Amsterdam. Returning on the evening steamer, the partners argue, and the older merchant winds up shot in the head.
  • Yours Truly Johnny Dollar, November 5, 1949, "The Island of Tin-You-Tan" of "The South Seas Adventure". The Grand East Company took out life insurance on a crew of six for a pearling expedition. The insurance company hires Johnny after hearing that the bodies of two of the divers are hacked to pieces on the island and the others are missing. Dollar travels from Port Moresby to Tin-You-Tan and finds a massacre in paradise.
  • Author's Playhouse, July 8, 1944, "The Kraken" by Frederick Englehart. A British sub on war patrol evades enemy fire with a crash dive but is trapped beneath the sea by a giant Kraken, a mythological giant octopus.
  • CBS Radio Mystery Theatre, April 2, 1982, "The Naval Treaty". The great Sherlock Holmes is coaxed out of retirement to help a young man working in the Foreign Office. The official had been assigned to work after hours to copy an important secret document, but when he turns his back for a moment the original document disappears. Can Holmes match wits with a modern criminal mind?
  • Escape, July 28, 1947, "Typhoon". Joseph Conrad's classic tale of life at sea under a skipper whom the narrator does not understand or particularly like. The steamer works the South China Sea between Singapore and Hong Kong. The ship takes on 200 coolies as passengers for Fu Chow and runs into a sudden storm.

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    total playtime 27 hours, 41 min
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    Volume 1 - 30 shows - total playtime 14 hours 28 minutes
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    1. Arch Obolers Plays 641212 11 Bathysphere.mp3
    2. Authors Playhouse 440708 Kraken.mp3
    3. Cavalcade Of America 500328 General Forrest Rides Again.mp3
    4. Cbs Radio Mystery Theater 740318 Sea Of Troubles.mp3
    5. Cbs Radio Mystery Theater 761206 Child Of Sea.mp3
    6. Cbs Radio Mystery Theater 771005 Sea Nymph.mp3
    7. Cbs Radio Mystery Theater 820402 Naval Treaty.mp3
    8. Chase 520511 Countess Treanna.mp3
    9. Columbia Workshop 370905 S S San Pedro.mp3
    10. Columbia Workshop 410511 Log Of R77.mp3
    11. Crime On Waterfront 490301 Nbc Audition Program 2 35min.mp3
    12. Croupier 490921 Starring Vincent Price.mp3
    13. Dark Fantasy 420327 Convoy For Atlantis.mp3
    14. Escape 470728 Typhoon.mp3
    15. Escape 471015 Shipment Of Mute Fate.mp3
    16. Escape 480314 Log Of Evening Star.mp3
    17. Escape 480411 Brute.mp3
    18. Escape 490313 Shipment Of Mute Fate.mp3
    19. Escape 491227 Seeds Of Greed.mp3
    20. Escape 501001 Sleeping Draught.mp3
    21. Escape 501210 Passenger To Bali.mp3
    22. Escape 540807 Price Of Head.mp3
    23. Escape 540904 Boiling Sea.mp3
    24. Eternal Light 490626 0239 Incident At Sea.mp3
    25. Front Page Drama 340512 0054 Magic Water.mp3
    26. Front Page Drama 410308 0411 Long Pig To Fresh Mutton.mp3
    27. Guest Star 541226 0405 Edward G Robinson.mp3
    28. Hall Of Fantasy 530824 40 Sea Phantom.mp3
    29. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 450206 Death In Depths.mp3
    30. Lights Out 421110 006 Bon Voyage.mp3
    Volume 2 - 29 shows - total playtime 13 hours 12 minutes
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    1. Mysterious Traveler 450324 Death Comes To Adolf Hitler.mp3
    2. Mysterious Traveler 490106 Devil And The Deep Blue Sea.mp3
    3. Mysterious Traveler 500418 Death At 50 Fathoms.mp3
    4. Nbc University Theater 481003 010 Lord Jim.mp3
    5. Obsession Blackout Killer.mp3
    6. Scarlet Queen 470717 Spaniard And Laskar Pirates.mp3
    7. Screen Guild Theater 441204 China Sea.mp3
    8. Sherlock Holmes 470616 36 Death In North Sea.mp3
    9. Suspense 511202 Log Of Marne.mp3
    10. Suspense 520414 Mate Bram.mp3
    11. Suspense 600403 Shipment Of Mute Fate.mp3
    12. Theater Five 641021 Captain Gambles Uniform.mp3
    13. Theater Five 650225 Tobys Wonderful Egg.mp3
    14. Theater Five 650503 Drivers Seat.mp3
    15. This Is Your Fbi 460301 Castaway Killer.mp3
    16. Treasury Star Parade 430000 Voyage.mp3
    17. Weird Circle 450211 Ancient Mariner.mp3
    18. Weird Circle 450218 Oblong Box.mp3
    19. Whistler 430709 060 An Eye For An Eye.mp3
    20. Whistler 451112 Seeing Eye.mp3
    21. Whistler 480721 Farewell Party.mp3
    22. Whistler 500910 Golden Penny.mp3
    23. Whistler 501008 Fatal Action.mp3
    24. Whistler 511216 Curiosity Killed Cat.mp3
    25. Whistler 541017 Last Request.mp3
    26. Witchs Tale 340000 Flying Dutchman.mp3
    27. X Minus One 550915 Castaways.mp3
    28. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 491105 Island Of Tin Yutan.mp3
    29. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 560927 Megs Palace Matter Ep04of05.mp3
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    1. Arch Obolers Plays 641212 11 Bathysphere.mp3
    2. Authors Playhouse 440708 Kraken.mp3
    3. Cavalcade Of America 500328 General Forrest Rides Again.mp3
    4. Cbs Radio Mystery Theater 740318 Sea Of Troubles.mp3
    5. Cbs Radio Mystery Theater 761206 Child Of Sea.mp3
    6. Cbs Radio Mystery Theater 771005 Sea Nymph.mp3
    7. Cbs Radio Mystery Theater 820402 Naval Treaty.mp3
    8. Chase 520511 Countess Treanna.mp3
    9. Columbia Workshop 370905 S S San Pedro.mp3
    10. Columbia Workshop 410511 Log Of R77.mp3
    11. Crime On Waterfront 490301 Nbc Audition Program 2 35min.mp3
    12. Croupier 490921 Starring Vincent Price.mp3
    13. Dark Fantasy 420327 Convoy For Atlantis.mp3
    14. Escape 470728 Typhoon.mp3
    15. Escape 471015 Shipment Of Mute Fate.mp3
    16. Escape 480314 Log Of Evening Star.mp3
    17. Escape 480411 Brute.mp3
    18. Escape 490313 Shipment Of Mute Fate.mp3
    19. Escape 491227 Seeds Of Greed.mp3
    20. Escape 501001 Sleeping Draught.mp3
    21. Escape 501210 Passenger To Bali.mp3
    22. Escape 540807 Price Of Head.mp3
    23. Escape 540904 Boiling Sea.mp3
    24. Eternal Light 490626 0239 Incident At Sea.mp3
    25. Front Page Drama 340512 0054 Magic Water.mp3
    26. Front Page Drama 410308 0411 Long Pig To Fresh Mutton.mp3
    27. Guest Star 541226 0405 Edward G Robinson.mp3
    28. Hall Of Fantasy 530824 40 Sea Phantom.mp3
    29. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 450206 Death In Depths.mp3
    30. Lights Out 421110 006 Bon Voyage.mp3
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    1. Mysterious Traveler 450324 Death Comes To Adolf Hitler.mp3
    2. Mysterious Traveler 490106 Devil And The Deep Blue Sea.mp3
    3. Mysterious Traveler 500418 Death At 50 Fathoms.mp3
    4. Nbc University Theater 481003 010 Lord Jim.mp3
    5. Obsession Blackout Killer.mp3
    6. Scarlet Queen 470717 Spaniard And Laskar Pirates.mp3
    7. Screen Guild Theater 441204 China Sea.mp3
    8. Sherlock Holmes 470616 36 Death In North Sea.mp3
    9. Suspense 511202 Log Of Marne.mp3
    10. Suspense 520414 Mate Bram.mp3
    11. Suspense 600403 Shipment Of Mute Fate.mp3
    12. Theater Five 641021 Captain Gambles Uniform.mp3
    13. Theater Five 650225 Tobys Wonderful Egg.mp3
    14. Theater Five 650503 Drivers Seat.mp3
    15. This Is Your Fbi 460301 Castaway Killer.mp3
    16. Treasury Star Parade 430000 Voyage.mp3
    17. Weird Circle 450211 Ancient Mariner.mp3
    18. Weird Circle 450218 Oblong Box.mp3
    19. Whistler 430709 060 An Eye For An Eye.mp3
    20. Whistler 451112 Seeing Eye.mp3
    21. Whistler 480721 Farewell Party.mp3
    22. Whistler 500910 Golden Penny.mp3
    23. Whistler 501008 Fatal Action.mp3
    24. Whistler 511216 Curiosity Killed Cat.mp3
    25. Whistler 541017 Last Request.mp3
    26. Witchs Tale 340000 Flying Dutchman.mp3
    27. X Minus One 550915 Castaways.mp3
    28. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 491105 Island Of Tin Yutan.mp3
    29. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 560927 Megs Palace Matter Ep04of05.mp3
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    59 recordings on 30 Audio CDs
    total playtime 27 hours, 41 min

    Spooky Tales of the Sea Disc A001

    1. Obsession Blackout Killer
    2. Witchs Tale 340000 Flying Dutchman

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    Spooky Tales of the Sea Disc A002

    1. Front Page Drama 340512 0054 Magic Water
    2. Columbia Workshop 370905 S S San Pedro
    3. Front Page Drama 410308 0411 Long Pig To Fresh Mutton

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    Spooky Tales of the Sea Disc A003

    1. Columbia Workshop 410511 Log Of R77
    2. Dark Fantasy 420327 Convoy For Atlantis

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    Spooky Tales of the Sea Disc A004

    1. Lights Out 421110 006 Bon Voyage
    2. Treasury Star Parade 430000 Voyage
    3. Whistler 430709 060 An Eye For An Eye

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    Spooky Tales of the Sea Disc A005

    1. Authors Playhouse 440708 Kraken
    2. Screen Guild Theater 441204 China Sea

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    Spooky Tales of the Sea Disc A006

    1. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 450206 Death In Depths
    2. Weird Circle 450211 Ancient Mariner

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    Spooky Tales of the Sea Disc A007

    1. Weird Circle 450218 Oblong Box
    2. Mysterious Traveler 450324 Death Comes To Adolf Hitler

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    Spooky Tales of the Sea Disc A008

    1. Whistler 451112 Seeing Eye
    2. This Is Your Fbi 460301 Castaway Killer

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    Spooky Tales of the Sea Disc A009

    1. Sherlock Holmes 470616 36 Death In North Sea
    2. Scarlet Queen 470717 Spaniard And Laskar Pirates

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    Spooky Tales of the Sea Disc A010

    1. Escape 470728 Typhoon
    2. Escape 471015 Shipment Of Mute Fate

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    Spooky Tales of the Sea Disc A011

    1. Escape 480314 Log Of Evening Star
    2. Escape 480411 Brute

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    Spooky Tales of the Sea Disc A012

    1. Whistler 480721 Farewell Party

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    Spooky Tales of the Sea Disc A013

    1. Nbc University Theater 481003 010 Lord Jim

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    Spooky Tales of the Sea Disc A014

    1. Mysterious Traveler 490106 Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
    2. Crime On Waterfront 490301 Nbc Audition Program 2 35min

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    Spooky Tales of the Sea Disc A015

    1. Escape 490313 Shipment Of Mute Fate
    2. Eternal Light 490626 0239 Incident At Sea

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    Spooky Tales of the Sea Disc A016

    1. Croupier 490921 Starring Vincent Price
    2. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 491105 Island Of Tin Yutan

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    Spooky Tales of the Sea Disc A017

    1. Escape 491227 Seeds Of Greed
    2. Cavalcade Of America 500328 General Forrest Rides Again

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    Spooky Tales of the Sea Disc A018

    1. Mysterious Traveler 500418 Death At 50 Fathoms
    2. Whistler 500910 Golden Penny

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    Spooky Tales of the Sea Disc A019

    1. Escape 501001 Sleeping Draught
    2. Whistler 501008 Fatal Action

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    Spooky Tales of the Sea Disc A020

    1. Escape 501210 Passenger To Bali
    2. Suspense 511202 Log Of Marne

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    Spooky Tales of the Sea Disc A021

    1. Whistler 511216 Curiosity Killed Cat
    2. Suspense 520414 Mate Bram

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    Spooky Tales of the Sea Disc A022

    1. Chase 520511 Countess Treanna
    2. Hall Of Fantasy 530824 40 Sea Phantom

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    Spooky Tales of the Sea Disc A023

    1. Escape 540807 Price Of Head
    2. Escape 540904 Boiling Sea

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    Spooky Tales of the Sea Disc A024

    1. Whistler 541017 Last Request
    2. Guest Star 541226 0405 Edward G Robinson
    3. X Minus One 550915 Castaways

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    Spooky Tales of the Sea Disc A025

    1. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 560927 Megs Palace Matter Ep04of05
    2. Suspense 600403 Shipment Of Mute Fate
    3. Theater Five 641021 Captain Gambles Uniform

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    Spooky Tales of the Sea Disc A026

    1. Arch Obolers Plays 641212 11 Bathysphere
    2. Theater Five 650225 Tobys Wonderful Egg
    3. Theater Five 650503 Drivers Seat

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    Spooky Tales of the Sea Disc A027

    1. Cbs Radio Mystery Theater 740318 Sea Of Troubles

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    Spooky Tales of the Sea Disc A028

    1. Cbs Radio Mystery Theater 761206 Child Of Sea

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    Spooky Tales of the Sea Disc A029

    1. Cbs Radio Mystery Theater 771005 Sea Nymph

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    Spooky Tales of the Sea Disc A030

    1. Cbs Radio Mystery Theater 820402 Naval Treaty

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