Meaning of Flying Dutchman

Fly'ing Dutch'man

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a legendary Dutch ghost ship supposed to be seen at sea, esp. near the Cape of Good Hope.
  2. the captain of this ship, supposed to have been condemned to sail the sea, beating against the wind, until the Day of Judgment.
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