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rating: +53+x
4/5862 LEVEL 4/5862
CLASSIFIED
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Item #: SCP-5862
Pending
Assigned Dept. Dept. Director Research Head Assigned MTF
Nautical Anomalies Mariana Almeida Dr. Cezar Iliescu Stigma-9 (“Evolved from Naturally Occurring Gears, Levers and Pulleys”)

Special Containment Procedures

SCP-5862 is currently uncontained, and located approximately 400km S/SE of Site-86. The Foundation Corvette SCPS Kirck has been deployed to monitor it and carry out initial research into appropriate containment procedures.

GoI-3862 (“ Turing's Wrath”) are to be kept under surveillance for potential SCP-5862 related activity.


Description
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SCP-5862, c. 1671

SCP-5862 is the collective designation given to a 17th-century frigate and its crew, which have been infected by a highly virulent contagion, designated SCP-5862-Φ. This contagion has been shown to affect all non-aquatic material. This affect manifests as the breakdown of all infected material at the cellular level.

All known metallic alloys will undergo rapid oxidization and organic material will experience accelerated decomposition. Living organisms will present with symptoms of rapid onset necrotizing fasciitis as well as greatly accelerated cellular regeneration.1

The ship is a two-masted fifth-class frigate designated SCP-5862-A, and is largely composed of biological material: specifically including sails made from human skin, spars and planks from bleached bone, and with a figurehead of a rotting body. It is believed to have been commissioned to play a role in the Third Anglo-Dutch War, though records suggest it never formally entered service.

Sir William Faulkner, designated SCP-5862-B, is the current captain of SCP-5862-A and has been since its commission at some point in the late 1670s. His body is in an advanced state of decay, with approximately 70% of his flesh showing signs of extensive decomposition. The majority of his active crew exhibit a similar level of decay.

Attached Addenda

Discovery

The Foundation first learned about SCP-5862 on 04/13/2012 from a report sent by an embedded agent in “Turing's Wrath”, a Church of the Broken God splinter organisation designated GoI-3862. This organisation originally came to the Foundation's attention after carrying out a series of successful raids on known and suspected Karcists2 which resulted in 17 casualties.

At this time, the agent became aware that GoI-3862 was planning a large operation related to a Sarkic artefact that could "greatly aid in the effort against the flesh". After the agent discovered a large cache of anomalous weaponry on 04/15/2012, MTF Stigma-9 (“Evolved from Naturally Occurring Gears, Levers and Pulleys”) were deployed to apprehend the members of GoI-3862 and confiscate their weapons cache.

This operation was carried out successfully, and led to MTF ϛ-9 recovering the plans to carry out an assault on SCP-5862. These plans did not specify what GoI-3862 intended to do with SCP-5862, but they did contain an approximate location of SCP-5862.

Extensive interrogation of the captured GoI-3862 members produced no significant intelligence relating to SCP-5862 and they were subsequently released into GOC custody on 05/23/2012.


Additional Research

SCPF Internal Memorandum


FROM: Dr. Cezar Iliescu, SCP-5862 Head Researcher
TO: Mariana Almeida, Director - Department of Nautical Anomalies
DATE: 05/29/2012
RE: SCP-5862

It looks like the information we obtained from GoI-3862 has paid off.

Foundation Surveillance Satellite “Nemo's Watch” successfully located SCP-5862 at 48°██'██.█"S 136°██'██.█"W, a couple hundred kilometers S/SE of the Marshall Islands. I deployed aboard the Kirck, with an initial plan to observe and make contact if deemed safe.

We tailed her for 6 days, maintaining a distance of roughly 24 kilometers. Captain Nangolo wanted to keep us below the horizon, to prevent SCP-5862 becoming aware of us while we carried out covert surveillance using drones.

The thing is ragged: it only took me one look to realize that this was certainly the ship we were looking for. I'm not sure how it has managed to stay afloat, but there it was. SCP-5862 does not appear to be at all seaworthy, and seeing how low it's sitting in the water, I would estimate that it is taking on a significant amount of water.

The ship is, quite literally, falling apart. There are obvious signs of accelerated decay in the spars and gunwales, and what sailcloth remains is hanging by threads. There's also a lot of an unknown white material that we can't visually identify, which seems to represent ad-hoc repair work done on the ship over time.

On the 7th day, SCP-5862-A abruptly changed course and began to head straight for us. I directed Captain Nangolo to allow the distance to drop within visual range, which was established at 10.31am on 05/28/2012. The attached log records the events which followed.

SCP-5862-A moved to within 50m of the Kirck, which I surmised was to allow Captain Faulkner to communicate with us. With the agreement of Captain Nangolo, we cleared the foredeck and I went alone to speak with the Captain.

The log of our conversation follows.

We dropped back to follow SCP-5862 at a distance of about a kilometer. We will continue to observe until more suitable containment procedures are devised. Until then, we've been collecting samples from the various bits of detritus that SCP-5862-A leaves in its wake. I will have the samples analysed at Site-86, maybe they will be able to better tell us about the SCP-5862-Φ contagion.

I'll put together some further documentation that might shed some light on its history.

Dr. Cezar Iliescu
Research Head, SCP-5862

06/06/2012 Update -

On May 31st, 2012, MTF ϛ-9 forwarded a tip that a different GoI-3862 cell was beginning preparations to make a second attempt at capturing SCP-5862. Dr Iliescu and the Kirck were immediately notified to go to condition yellow and to be on the alert for potential hostiles.

The SCPS warship Konlef was diverted to the location, but due to the extreme isolation of the location, it was not expected to arrive in time to affect the outcome of any potential engagement.

The following transcript was uploaded from the Kirck within 20 minutes of Dr Iliescu being alerted to the developing situation.

Two days later, another video was uploaded from the Kirck.

Update - 06/24/2012
An ornate metal tube was found outside the security gate to Site-86 containing the following handwritten note.

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