Appearance and Design
The Flying Dutchman is the stereotypical representation of a ghost ship: old and worn from time. The sails are torn and tattered, moss and barnacles are growing out from various spots of the ship, and the mast is similar to a clock tower in design. On the bottom front sail is the name "FLYING DUTCHMAN", and the top one bears the crew's Jolly Roger, a fanged skull with cutlasses, their blades pointing down in place of crossbones. The ship's figurehead bears the same skull and swords. The Flying Dutchman is one of the largest ships to appear in the series, being as large as Wadatsumi, a sea giant who dwarfs other giant characters such as Shirahoshi.
The ship is not coated with resin since the crew can survive the underwater environment due to their physiology, The vessel can also withstand the underwater pressure of 10000 feet below sea level due to already being full of holes that equalize the water pressure inside and outside the hull. Only a small portion on the deck is coated for their captain to reside in.
Legend and Backstory
The Flying Dutchman is described as a ship that is unable to make port, and must wander the endless sea forever. This was due to the ship's deranged captain committing atrocious crimes. He brought about God's wrath, who then punished him and cursed the ship. It is a bad omen when the ship does appear. The captain of the "Flying Dutchman", in both sailing lore and in One Piece is named Vander Decken (although the spelling tends to vary in the real life lore).
However, the legend tends to be exaggerated, so some of the facts are debatable. Decken eventually died on Fish-Man Island, and his descendants would go on to pilot the Flying Dutchman, with the current captain being the eighth generation grandson of the original Decken.
Fish-Man Island Saga
Fish-Man Island Arc
When the Straw Hat Pirates entered the Deep Sea with their coated ship, the Thousand Sunny, they eventually met the Flying Dutchman at 7000 meters below the surface. The haunted ship and its crew attacked the Sunny in an attempt to steal the treasure on board, but were impeded by underwater volcanic activity. Ankoro and Wadatsumi, serving as "advanced sea navigation", dragged the ship away, only to be blown away by the explosion.
The ship managed to survive, and it eventually entered the Fish-Man District of Fish-Man Island, where it was anchored by Wadatsumi while the rest of the crew went to meet the New Fish-Man Pirates. The Flying Dutchman's current fate is unknown.
- Nico Robin made a crude sketch of the ship in the anime.
- The Flying Dutchman is currently the oldest ship in the series, having survived for hundreds of years, though in a dilapidated state.
- Though if the original Pluton still exists, then the Dutchman would actually be the second oldest ship.
- The only coated portion is a bubble on the deck, where it is used to protect Decken from the sea since he is a Devil Fruit user.
- Flying Dutchman – Wikipedia article on the real life famous ghost ship.
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 62 Chapter 606 and Episode 525, the Flying Dutchman is introduced.
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 62 Chapter 610 (p. 10-11) and Episode 529, Pappug tells the Straw Hats about the Flying Dutchman and Vander Decken.
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 62 Chapter 613 and Episode 532, A bubble coating is seen on the deck of the Flying Dutchman.