JASON: Pretty impressive! You found the definitive version, the one burned into my memory from YEARS of bad paperback reading. Perhaps someone might check on those surprisingly graphic details.....but of course that "is said to be" line about the log implies that it isn't, so checking might prove to be a chore. Remember the one about "The Phantom Porthole of the Windsor (or was it Arundel) Castle?" Or, "Ellen Austin and the Derelict?" Or the "evil force" that drove the crew of the Ivan Vassily insane? Or the haunted oil-tanker? And, hey, wasn't there an IDENTICAL story to that of the Octavius, only set in the South Atlantic and on a ship named Jennie, in 1913? I prefer my mysteries to be along the lines of the CAROL DEERING: believable.