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On April 15, 1912, the world shuddered with the tragic news in all newspapers of the time: the Titanic cruiser, one of the most advanced ships of its time, had sunk in the Atlantic Ocean. In the tragedy, 1,515 people died, including children and women. And it seems that many of these lost souls in the sea still visit the wreck.
Interestingly, the Titanic had gained fame for being an ” impossible to sink” ship, thanks to its cutting-edge technology. But the unthinkable happened when the cruiser collided with an iceberg and began to fill with ice water to the horror of the passengers. Soon the crew members succumbed to panic when they saw that there were not enough lifeboats for everyone on board.
For many of the passengers, especially immigrants travelling in third class, this would be their first and last trip. Between the darkness, the waves and the despair of the people, hundreds of souls were swallowed by the sea. Today it is rumoured that their spirits still visit the area of the accident, the exhibits of objects rescued from the cruise and other ships, waiting for their trip to the beyond.
- The captain who did not sink with his boat
In 1977, Leonard Bishop, the second officer of the ship SS Winterhaven gave a tour of this ship to a man who appeared to be a passenger. The strange visitor was very interested in every detail of the construction of the ship, something that missed Bishop.
Years later, by chance, the second officer came across a photograph of Captain Edward John Smith, the man who commanded the Titanic and who sank with his cruiser in 1912. Bishop recognized Smith as the passenger who had asked him for a cruise. but that was impossible, was not it?
- The ghost that does not like to be photographed
One of the places linked to the Titanic that has a large collection of supernatural stories is the expo mounted at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas, where more than 300 objects recovered from the shipwreck are exhibited. Among the most common occurrences is a woman in a black dress and hair pulled back.
In one of the most chilling stories, one of the photographers in charge of portraying the opening of the exhibition walked down the main staircase when he saw the woman. The worker thought that it was part of the attraction of the hotel and asked if he could photograph it. The woman ignored him, only to suddenly reappear behind the photographer. Again, the professional asked him if he wanted a photograph but this time, the woman disappeared into thin air.
- The most hated spirit
In the Las Vegas exhibition, there is a portrait of Bruce Ismay, one of the constructors of the Titanic. Ismay is a character who went on the blacklist of the story when it was revealed that he had fled the ship, not caring about abandoning women and children on board. It is also rumoured that Bruce insisted on increasing the speed of the cruise despite warnings about the blocks of ice between the waves. The witnesses even claim that the builder turned his back on the ship while driving away in a lifeboat.
It is natural that other souls in pain keep a grudge against him. One of the workers at the exhibition said that one morning he found Ismay’s photograph lying on the floor. When the supervisor, in turn, reviewed the security video of the previous night, he saw with terror that the painting fell off and fell to the ground on its own.
- And the ghosts also have a favourite
The exhibition in Las Vegas is, according to the testimonies of workers and visitors, one of the most haunted places on Earth. People who visit it say they feel observed and uncomfortable as well as listening to spectral sounds.
But the spirits in this place seem inexplicably drawn to Joe Zimmer, one of the artifact experts who works at the hotel. Joe has heard strange voices calling him by his name, he has felt invisible hands pulling his clothes and even, at night, he hears an orchestra play in the empty building.
- The ghost ship
A traumatic event like this sinking surely leaves a mark in the place where it happened. This seems to be the case of the area where the accident occurred, as crewmembers of other boats that circulate in the area have indicated seeing light balls at the site where the block with ice occurred. Even the submarines seem to be affected since in the radios strange sounds and calls of help are detected without apparent origin.
- A second chance
La trágica noche del hundimiento, Frederick Fleet, un navegante inglés, estaba a cargo del puesto de vigía en el Titanic. Incluso en la oscuridad, Fleet detectó el iceberg e intentó advertir al resto de la tripulación, pero su aviso llegó demasiado tarde. A pesar de que sobrevivió al naufragio, el hombre cargó con la muerte de los pasajeros en su conciencia, y todo empeoró cuando en 1964 su esposa murió en Navidad y fue echado de su casa. Fleet entonces tomó una decisión y se ahorcó en su patio trasero.
He was buried in an unnamed grave until the Historical Society of the Titanic gave him an honorary tombstone in 1993. Some visitors to the Luxor Hotel say that Fleet has not been able to overcome the accident and is often seen on the deck recreated in the exhibit, always Attentive to possible threats on the horizon.
- An aquarium with ghost tanks
The Georgia Aquarium also has an exhibition dedicated to the Titanic with objects rescued from its interior. The employees of this site have reported seeing shadows, hearing unusual sounds and feeling that they are being pulled by clothes. The rumours were so constant that a paranormal research program decided to take the case.
During their investigation, ghost experts placed sound recording devices in the room dedicated to icebergs. Upon hearing the tapes, they clearly heard a voice saying “no, please”.
- The ghost captain
The ghosts of the Titanic apparently also travel to other sites linked to their earthly life. This is the example of Captain John Smith, who still visits his previous residence. Louise and Neil Bonner, the current owners of the property, say they have felt an icy presence pass through them and have even been able to see the sailor on several occasions.
- Two deadly premonitions
The night that the Titanic sank, thousands of kilometres from the crash site, a young Scot named Jessie Sayre was about to die. Before dying, Jessie said she saw a huge ship being swallowed by the sea while a man named Wally played the violin. Without Jessie could guess, at that time the musician Wallace “Wally” Hartley, part of the cruise orchestra, played his violin for the last time while the water filled the boat.
Another dark omen around the Titanic occurred 14 years before the iceberg incident. In the novel, The Wreck of the Titan, published in 1898, the author Morgan Robertson told the story of a huge cruiser that, like the Titanic, collided with a piece of ice for speeding. To make matters worse, the sinking of the fictitious ship also occurred in April and had almost the same number of deaths as the actual event.
- A little comfort
In Belfast, Ireland, there is also a museum dedicated to the victims of the Titanic. In 2013, a woman visiting this site heard the final call for help made by the crew of the convicted cruise ship, as part of the route of the exhibition.
Upon hearing the plea for help in Morse code, the woman felt extremely sad and hopeless. His entire body was shaking and nauseous, so he moved away to take a breath. He was about to leave when a gentle hand touched his shoulder and a male voice said: “it’s okay”. There was no one around him.