We stumbled upon a strange old story from the British annals of the unexplained. This isn’t a ghost story so much as it is a combination of astral projection and dream telepathy. Either way, it’s weird as hell. It goes like this:
A British ship left Liverpool, England in 1828 toward Nova Scotia across the icy North Atlantic. After weeks at sea, one day the first mate, Robert Bruce, found a strange man writing on a blackboard in the captain’s cabin. Bruce hadn’t seen this man on the ship before. He informed the captain, who was equally shocked. Somehow there was a man on board that neither the captain nor the first mate had ever seen. What’s more, the mysterious man had written something on the blackboard, the words “Steer to the Nor’West.” The man was gone now, but the captain had everyone on the ship write the same words on a slate. None matched the handwriting.
The captain was completely baffled at this point; perhaps out of superstition, he nevertheless ordered the ship’s course to be changed to the northwest direction. Later that same day, the ship’s lookout sighted another ship that was stuck in the ice. This ship’s passengers were taken aboard. First mate Robert Bruce immediately recognized the mysterious man from the cabin. The captain then asked him to write down the words “Steer to the Nor’West”; his handwriting matched that of the original message perfectly.
The kicker to this story is what follows: according to the captain of the icebound ship, the passenger who supposedly wrote the message had fallen asleep at about the same time that his double was sighted; when he awoke, he had claimed with eerie certainty that they would be rescued.
Did this man project himself through his dreams into the other ship in order to call for assistance and request that the captain ‘Steer to the Nor’West’?
Source: Robert Dale Owen Footfalls on the Boundary of Another World