Go Away Ghost Ship is episode 14 from the original Scooby Doo. Spoiler Alert - details of this Scooby Doo episode are below.
The episode starts with a freighter sailing through in a heavy fog. The freighter captain is looking through his telescope and he sees a pirate ship approaching the freighter fast. The freighter captain gasps "The Ghost of Redbeard"
Scooby and the gang are in the Malt Shop and Fred is reading the newspaper. Fred reads that another ship owned by tycoon C.L. Magnus has been attacked by pirates. According to the paper, Magnus believes the ghost of Redbeard the Pirate is attacking Magnus's ships out of revenge. The gang decides to help Mr. Magnus and start by paying him a visit. Once they get an audience with Magnus, he explains that his ancestors helped capture Redbeard. Magnus believes that Redbeard's ghost is coming after him because of what his ancestors had done.
Fred and the crew decide to help solve this mystery. They take to the high seas in a small dingy, with recording of fog horn. When they run into a dense fog they know that they are close and they start playing the foghorn, so that the ghost ship will think they are a lost freighter. They're so close, in fact, their little dingy is cut in half by the ghost pirate ship and sends everyone into the water.
Shaggy and Scooby get on board the pirate ship before Fred, Daphne, and Velma. Once on board the pirate ship, Scooby and Shaggy are captured by the pirate crew and put to work in the galley where they try and make ghost pirate stew for Redbeard. The recipe is just awful and includes cobwebs, ashes, chains, and bar soap. Scooby and Shaggy eventually escape and reunite with Fred, Velma, and Daphne. All of them escape from the pirate ship.
Once on dry land, the gang traces Redbeard's ghost ship to a cave. There, they find all of the stolen cargo from Mr. Magnus' ships and a very angry pirate. Redbeard sends a ghost sword after Shaggy who nimbly defends himself with a loaf of salami. With a few toilet plungers and a jackhammer, the gang captures Redbeard and his crew.
- The Monster: Ghost of Red Beard the Pirate
- The Villian: C.L. Magnus
- Why: Magnus was stealing the cargo from his own ships and then collecting on the insurance and reselling the stolen merchandise.
Point of Interest:
Unlike many Scooby Doo episodes, Scooby Doo and the gang don't just stumble into this adventure. Rather, they find a mystery and look for ways to get involved.