The following is a true ghost story I wrote for a contest which for various reasons never took place. I thought I'd share this with you all. Its a true story.
In an article in 2007 prior to his death the Late Peter James a former resident psychic medium aboard the Queen Mary claimed there are 600 plus ghosts who roam the Queen Mary and he had made personal contact with 150 of them. In July of 2009 a tour group aboard the Queen Mary became witness to strange environmental noises of which one or more of those possible 600 resident ghosts could have been the source and I was fortunate enough to be there and experience it first hand. The resident paranormal investigator aboard the Queen Mary with 30 years of experience investigating the strange and unusual Pat Wheelock says that the forward cargo hold of the Queen Mary may be the most active area of the ship. Active in regards to the strange and unusual. Pat tells of the times where lights, similar to a bolt of lightning in appearance have been seen in the corner of the very bottom compartment where axis prisoners were kept during World War II. People have experienced cold spots, physical touch, hair being pulled and disembodied voices. Many Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) recordings have been gathered from this compartment of the Queen Mary. In terms of being spooky and making the hair on the back of your neck stand up the forward cargo hold area, other then the 1st Class Pool may be the most foreboding and ominous area of the ship.
July, and it was a typical summer day in Southern California. The ship retains the heat of the day and it was warm to say the least. The tour had just left the 1st Class Pool and there was no sign of Jackie the little girl spirit who reportedly drowned aboard ship decades ago. Forward we moved toward the archive area where all the old ships furniture is kept. I sometimes refer to it as Ebay City. Along this passageway forward is an open cargo hatch on the outside hull of the ship. It provides a spectacular view of the skyline that is downtown Long Beach. You can see the marina, shoreline village and Ocean Boulevard. Of course that view is over a body of water as the Queen Mary is permanently docked just across the bay from the city next to a man-made island which is part of the Port of Los Angeles.
Ships’ security unlocks a gate to allow us in to the archive area and forward cargo hold. Keep that bit of information in mind as this story goes along. Nobody is allowed in this part of the ship except employees and our tour.
To reach the bottom of the ship you must traverse three flights of stairs to the deck just above what I refer to as the pit. You need a flash light as the area is in total pitch darkness and you cannot see your hand in front of your face. The pit has remained as it is since the Queen Mary arrived in Long Beach in 1967. It is an estimated 35 feet below the waterline, where the surface of the ocean and the Queen Mary’s hull meet.
Inside the dark and eerie compartment Pat began to recite the history of the ship, the cargo hold and the pit. Noises came from the decks above us. We assumed that maybe one or two security guards were searching the area.
The doors to the pit were opened and all those present were allowed to look into the darkness where axis prisoners were kept. As time went on more noise from over head could be heard intermittently. We found it curious as to why security, if it was security would spend so much time searching the above decks of the cargo hold area.
Pat sent me up to look and I searched all three flights. Its been my pleasure for sometime now to assist Pat on the weekly ghost investigation tours. Each compartment was given a cursory walk through. Looking every where I could there apparently was no other persons to be found. Returning to the bottom level with Pat and the tour I reported that nobody was found in the upper levels and we commenced to hold the group EVP session. I told Pat I would go to the compartment just above incase the noises reoccurred. Standing alone in this empty compartment of rusty metallic bulkheads and steel decks of which sound can echo through out I turned on my recorder and as is habit made note of the time and the day. The EVP session began and so did the noise. This time it was right there with me. I was surrounded by a compartment reverberating with the sound of someone or something either stomping about or pounding the metal surfaces. Pat called up to me and I responded with “that’s not me!” The noise ended and eventually so did the EVP session. We left the cargo hold to proceed onto other parts of the ship.
Security reassured us that no other persons had been in the compartments above us during this time. When I reviewed the recording the next day, at the end of the pounding was a clear female voice saying “I was the one”.
<p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Resource for Peter James reference in regards to the number of ghosts on the Queen Mary.</p><p>http://www.fabuloustravel.com/usa/article/394/21975</p>
Ghost Hunting Aboard the Queen Mary with Peter James
<p>Searching for Spirits</p>Peter James has been conducting ongoing research at the Queen Mary since 1991, and he claims it is one of the world's most haunted locations. One of America's most respected psychic investigators and a regular contributor to TV's popular Sightings show, Peter has dedicated his life to conducting ghost research. Of the 600 plus ghosts he says that still roam the Queen Mary, he's made personal contact with about 150.
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