The Last Voyage of the Ghost Ship - Summary | The Heritage of Words

Garica Marquez

The Last Voyage of the Ghost Ship - Summary | The Heritage of Words

The Last Voyage of the Ghost Ship

The boy, who is also the main character of the story used to go to sea where he had seen a mysterious ship in his childhood. The ship used to appear when there were darkness and vice versa. The ship was bigger than the village and taller than the steeple of the church. But he could not see the ship in the later years. However, the boy didn’t stop going to sea. He had determined to show the existence of the ship to the villager after he was beaten on the charge of being a liar. After many years he saw the same ship by the harbor. He could not believe his eyes.

So until next March, he waited to see the same ship. No sooner had he seen the ship than he went home to tell about it to his mother. His mother got angry with him; she advised him to get involved in a romance with some lady instead of going to sea. The boy’s mother, however, agreed to go there next march. But unluckily, his mother expired while she was sitting on a chair and thinking about her dead husband. This event made the boy angrier. His determination grew bolder; he wanted to prove the existence of the ship to the villager and went towards that location with a lantern. He didn’t stop anywhere; he went straight towards his destination. As he reached near the place, he saw the ship again. The ship was moving without any sound. His presence there made the ship disappear. Nonetheless, it reappeared after some time. The boy lit the lantern and showed it towards the ship. As he showed the light, a miracle happened. The ship started following him. The boy guided the ship towards the village. At last, he took the ship there. The ship blasted as it reached there. The villagers came there running and saw the destruction of ninety thousand champagne glasses. The boy watched the villagers’ gaping their mouth at the ship.

Questions for Practice :

  1. What do you think is the meaning of the boy’s newly discovered ability near the end of the story to control the ship’s movement?
  2. What is the protagonist asserting when he brings “the largest ocean liner in this world and the other” into his village.

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