The first piece from a series about Newfoundland myths/ghost stories.
"Robert Brace was the first mate on a ship to St. John's, Newfoundland from Liverpool, England. As they could see shore in sight, Brace noticed someone sitting at the captain's desk. He had a frosty glare in his eyes and seemed to be writing something on the captain's chalk slate. Brace went to alert the captain of the intruder, but when they returned to the desk, all that was left was a message stating, "SAIL NORTH WEST". The captain swiftly gave orders to change course.
As they sailed, they came across another ship, stuck in the ice. They realized that there were still people on that ship, so they quickly rescued them. As the rescued sailors were warming up on the ship, Brace recognized the face he had seen earlier at the captain's desk. "You! I saw you today, just past noon on our ship, sitting at the captain's desk!" he yelled. "I have no idea what you're talking about, I've never stepped foot on this ship until now! In fact, I was asleep on my ship just past noon. There's no way I could have been here." Brace asked the man to write "sail north west" on the slate to see if his writing matched that of the stranger's. It was the exact same.
The man that Brace was speaking to was so close to the brink of death while on the sinking ship, that while sleeping his spirit left his body to find help at the closest nearby ship. That ship just so happened to be Robert Brace's."