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12 Spine-Tingling Ghost Stories About The Titanic

Lyra Radford

The RMS Titanic set out on its maiden voyage with more than 2,200 people aboard in April 1912. Tragically, only 706 of those passengers would survive. The ship was moving too fast one freezing night and struck an iceberg and went down. Those who perished in the event suffered a terrifying and agonizing demise. Any paranormal enthusiast will tell you that strong emotions paired with an untimely end are key ingredients in most hauntings.

For eight decades, the RMS Titanic and all its contents sat at the bottom of the Atlantic until underwater excavation teams brought artifacts back up to the surface. Now, these pieces of history are offering a rare glimpse at what it was like to be on the massive ship and hints at the ghostly spirits that still linger around the doomed vessel. The pieces displayed apparently still have a connection to the former passengers who possessed them. Read on to discover some of their spooky tales.

A Lady In Black Appears On The Grand Staircase

A Lady In Black Appears On The Grand Staircase

The Titanic Artifact Exhibition at The Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas apparently has a ghost wandering its grand staircase. Employees and guests alike have seen this mysterious woman, who wears a black period dress with a white collar and her hair in a bun.

As a photographer prepped for the opening of the exhibition, he spotted the woman casually walking down the Grand Staircase. He was startled, as he hadn’t seen anyone enter and the staircase was roped off. He assumed she was part of the exhibit and asked if she’d like him to photograph her. She ignored him. He went back to setting up, but suddenly she was directly behind him. Again, he offered a photograph and this time she didn’t just ignore him - she vanished.

The Ghosts Take Portraits Off The Walls

The Ghosts Take Portraits Off The Walls

The exhibit at The Luxor includes a portrait of J. Bruce Ismay , one of the Titanic ’s builders. He apparently fled the sinking ship, leaving women and children behind. Witnesses on the lifeboats claim he kept his back to the ship as it descended, and allegedly, he was the one insisting the ship speed up after receiving ice warnings. Perhaps it's not surprising that the ghosts of the Titanic seem to dislike him.

One early morning as the crew came in to open the exhibit, they found the portrait of Ismay on the floor. The manager watched the surveillance video from the night before and was stunned to see the picture begin shaking before coming off of the wall, apparently of its own accord.

A Ghostly Tour Took Place On The SS Winterhaven

What if you saw a ghost without even realizing it?  In the case of  Second Officer Leonard Bishop of the SS Winterhaven , that was exactly what happened. In 1977, he gave a tour of the ship to a man who he assumed was a passenger. The British man was very soft spoken and extremely interested in every detail of the vessel, almost unusually so. Bishop found the man to be a bit strange - not unpleasant, just odd.

It wasn’t until a few years later, after seeing a photo of Titanic Captain Edward John Smith that Bishop realized why the situation felt so off. Bishop exclaimed to a friend, "I know him, I gave him a tour of my boat!" The friend laughed and informed Bishop that the man had been long deceased: "That man was the captain of the Titanic !"

The Ghost Of The Titanic’s Lookout Watches The Promenade Deck

The Ghost Of The Titanic’s Lookout Watches The Promenade Deck

Frederick Fleet , a British sailor, served as the lookout aboard the RMS Titanic . He spotted the deadly iceberg and warned the bridge. Tragically, his warning came too late; the ship was going too fast to avoid a collision. Fleet survived the sinking of the Titanic , but not his own depression. After his wife’s passing just after Christmas in 1964, he was evicted by his brother-in-law and hung himself in the garden.

His grave went unmarked until the Titanic Historical Society erected a headstone for him in 1993. It appears his spirit is not quite at rest, however. Witnesses have claimed to see him keeping watch over the Las Vegas exhibition’s Promenade Deck, perhaps driven by his guilt to keep watch, even in the afterlife.

Museum Staffers Are Poked And Prodded By Unseen Hands

According to staff and visitors, the Titanic artifact exhibition at The Luxor is extremely haunted. Eerie sounds, uneasy feelings, and actual sightings of ghostly specters have all been reported. Artifacts expert Joe Zimmer  seems to attract quite a bit of attention from these supposed spirits. He says he's had his name called and his hair and clothing tugged on, all followed by the sounds of laughter.

And late at night, Zimmer reports hearing a phantom orchestra play.

Ghost Hunters Captured A Voice On Tape

Ghost Hunters Captured A Voice On Tape

The Georgia Aquarium also houses potentially haunted artifacts from the Titanic . The employees have claimed to see shadows, hear voices, and even be touched by the spirits. The paranormal activity is so intense that Syfy Channel’s Ghost Hunters  came in to investigate.

They reportedly captured a recording of a voice saying, "No, please wait" in the iceberg room. The team also said they got readings of several anomalous cold spots and witnessed a shadowy figure. After reviewing their findings, they concluded that the Titanic exhibit at the Georgia Aquarium is, in fact, haunted.

A Comforting Spirit Haunts The Titanic Belfast Museum

As they like to say in Ireland, the Titanic was “built by the Irish, sunk by the English.” The Titanic Belfast museum commemorates the ship in Belfast, Ireland, and it seems to have a ghostly presence of its own. In 2009, a woman touring the museum listened to the final distress call of the RMS Titanic . She described the events that followed  in a letter to the hosts of the podcast  Real Ghost Stories Online .

She claimed that while hearing the original Morse Code and seeing the words of the RMS Titanic ’s distress call, she became overwhelmingly emotional. Her heart was pounding, and she felt as anxious and heartbroken as if she were the radio controller herself. Shaking and sick to her stomach, she began crying. Walking away to get some air, she felt a hand on her shoulder, and a male voice said softly, “It’s okay.”

She assumed it was her friend and reached up to brush his hand, but realized no one was there. Was it the spirit of the radio controller, Jack Phillips, she wonders? Was he reassuring her that he was at peace with what happened? 

Captain Smith Haunts His Former Home in England

Captain Smith Haunts His Former Home in England

According to Louise and Neil Bonner, owners of the former home of Titanic Captain Edward John Smith, the shipmaster lingers in his house. The couple have spent the last decade renting the 19th century Victorian, and their tenants have reported feeling icy chills passing through them, hearing strange noises, and even seeing full-bodied apparitions of the Captain. The property has also suffered a flood in the kitchen and unusually cold gusts in the dining room.

According to Mr. Bonner, “some years ago we had a single chap living in there and he rang up one day convinced he had seen the ghost of the Captain... he was in bed when he saw him drift across the room.”

Spirit Orbs Hover Over The Titanic's Resting Place

People aboard ships passing the site where the RMS Titanic went down have reported mysterious balls of light, believed to be spirit orbs, hovering in the area. On more than one occasion, submarines traveling those depths have received unusual radio interference.

Odd noises and S.O.S. calls with no origins crackle through their communication equipment.

An Exhibit Visitor Is Touched From Beyond The Grave 

While visiting family in Missouri, a teenager went to the traveling Titanic exhibit and had a brush with the paranormal.

Posting on YourGhostStories.com , she recounts the experience:

We were walking through a hallway to get to the artifacts, and I was behind everyone. I suddenly felt a soft tug at the back of my t-shirt. I turned around to see who the culprit was, but the hallway was absolutely empty. I quickly faced forward to catch a potential trickster, but no one was sneaking away and everyone in front of me was far ahead.

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<p>A Deathbed Premonition Was Made The Night The Titanic Went Down</p>

A creepy legend surrounding the Titanic comes from the deathbed of a young Scottish girl named Jessie. On the same night the ship went down, Jessie was on the verge of dying. In her delirious state, she supposedly spoke of a massive sinking ship and a man named Wally playing a fiddle.

She had no way of knowing the Titanic would sink that night, or that Wallace "Wally" Hartley played his violin one last time as he and his band went down with the ship.

An Author Predicted The Sinking Of The Titanic 14 Years Before It Happened

Morgan Robertson published The Wreck of the Titan in 1898. Fourteen years later, the real-life Titanic disaster happened, and many took that as a sign that the author  had precognitive abilities . Robertson rejected those claims, saying he was just drawing on his real-life experience as a seaman.

However, there are plenty of chillingly specific parallels between the book and reality. Besides the similar names, the fictitious Titan , like the Titanic , was supposed to be the largest of its kind and an unsinkable ship. It also lacked enough lifeboats to accommodate its passenger load and struck an iceberg while going too fast in the North Atlantic. Both disasters also took place in April and cost thousands of people their lives.

Want More 'Titanic?'

Want More 'Titanic?'

Even though the RMS Titanic slipped beneath the icy surface of the Atlantic more than 100 years ago, people continue to be fascinated by it. Whether it be first-person accounts of what happened on board or historical analyses of the captain’s decisions that fateful night , there is plenty to dig into if you’re someone who is interested in all things Titanic. If you – or someone you know – just can’t get enough of the "Unsinkable Ship," here are our staff’s picks of what to read, watch, and buy next.

A Night to Remember: The Sinking of the Titanic ,  the #1 New York Times bestselling book by Walter Lord. Based on interviews with sixty-three survivors, Lord’s moment-by-moment account is among the finest books written about one of the twentieth century’s bleakest nights.

A popular gift volume featuring dozens of meticulously accurate, full-color paintings – including a fold-out illustration of the whole Titanic – Titanic: An Illustrated History offers a wealth of information about the "unsinkable" cruise ship and its fatal voyage.

The History Channel’s documentary Titanic: The Complete Story is ideal for anyone who really wants all of the details from that fateful night in a format they can watch and re-watch anytime.

For younger readers, Voyage on the Great Titanic: The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady, R.M.S. Titanic, 1912 in the popular Dear America series offers a unique view of life onboard the ship from the perspective of a young girl. 

For the collector, miniature lover, and design enthusiast, there are rare photographic prints , scale models , and even Titanic trivia available. 

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Titanic Hauntings: Ghosts of the Sea

Andre Nolan

On the clear, frigid morning of April 15 th , 1912, the R.M.S. Titanic sank into the waters of the North Atlantic after striking an iceberg several hours earlier. Of the 2,208 souls aboard, only 709 would survive the sinking. Today, Titanic’s legacy lives on in both fact and myth, but some of the most chilling stories lie in tales of its hauntings, where the restless spirits of those who died are rumored to occupy graveyards, artifacts, and even the site of the sinking itself. Do those who perished so tragically continue to haunt these connections to the famed ocean liner? Whispers and wild tales continue to circulate, and it seems as if these ghosts of the sea are not content to rest. 

1. The Fairview Lawn Cemetery

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2. The Five Fisherman Restaurant and Grill

Some say the ghosts of Titanic victims abound at the Five Fisherman Restaurant and Grill. This four-story building opened in 1816, first as a schoolhouse; however, later on, it was purchased by a family who turned it into a mortuary. When the bodies of some of the Titanic victims were recovered, they were brought to this building and held there until the burials could take place. Today, the building is a popular eatery, but employees and diners alike have experienced odd happenings there.

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These eerie incidents must surely be the acts of the unquiet spirits that remain where their earthly remains were brought after the sinking.

3. The Luxor Exhibit in Las Vegas, Nevada

The Titanic Exhibit in Las Vegas’ Luxor Hotel and Casino has its fair share of ghost stories. The most popular is the Lady of the Grand Staircase, who has been spotted at the replica staircase by more than one person. Photographers and guests alike have seen this apparition, clothed in a black period dress. It is said that she appears and vanishes without warning and never speaks.

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4.  Titanic’s Final Resting Place

If any Titanic -related locale is haunted, it must be the place where so many people lost their lives on that fateful night in the middle of the North Atlantic. Those who have visited the site since have confirmed ghostly activities, including odd, glowing lights visible at night that are said to be the spirits of those who died in the water. Deep-sea vessels that have explored the area near the sinking have reported receiving eerie, faint S.O.S. calls that fade in and out and seem to have no traceable source. Are these the ghosts of the sea, calling out from the past, or just the result of some sailor’s overactive imagination? Perhaps the mystery will never be solved, but one thing is for sure: there is an ocean of unrest surrounding the spot where Titanic sank forever from sight.

No one can be certain what lies beyond this life, but if these stories of Titanic hauntings are to be believed, then those who lost their lives on the morning of April 15 th , 1912, have never found their way to eternal peace. It could be that they will vanish when the ship itself is finally consumed by the ocean, but until then, these ghosts of the sea will continue to fascinate and frighten those who see them.

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Ghosts of the Titanic: Haunting Tales that Endure Time

  • by Steve Paslow

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Titanic – Image from James Cameron 1997 film.

The sinking of the Titanic in April 1912 is a tragedy etched into the annals of history. The loss of over 1,500 lives in the icy depths of the North Atlantic continues to captivate the imagination and stir emotions even to this day. Beyond the physical remnants of the shipwreck, numerous stories and accounts of ghostly encounters associated with the Titanic have emerged, adding an eerie and haunting dimension to the already haunting tale. In this article, we will delve into some of the reported ghostly experiences and explore the enduring legacy of the Titanic’s haunting spirits.

One of the most prominent ghostly legends of the Titanic involves the “Lady in Black.” Many witnesses have reported sightings of a mysterious woman dressed in black mourning attire at various Titanic-related events including in passenger and freighters that frequent the Atlantic ocean and locations of where the ship sank. She is often seen weeping or staring off into the distance with an air of profound sadness. Some speculate that she may be the spirit of a grieving widow who lost her husband in the tragedy. The Lady in Black has become an iconic figure in the Titanic’s ghostly lore, her presence evoking a sense of deep sorrow and longing.

Another ghostly figure associated with the Titanic is that of Captain Edward J. Smith, the ship’s commander. Witnesses claim to have seen his apparition on the decks of other sailing vessels, wearing his captain’s uniform and staring out into the vast expanse of the sea. Captain Smith’s ghost is often described as a solemn and authoritative presence, forever tied to the vessel he commanded on its ill-fated maiden voyage.

In addition to the Lady in Black and Captain Smith, there have been reports of other ghostly figures representing the passengers and crew of the Titanic. Apparitions of crew members carrying out their duties, dressed in the attire of the early 20th century, have been witnessed by many. Passengers in period clothing, seemingly oblivious to their surroundings, have also been reported. These spectral figures roam the decks, peer out from portholes, or simply wander aimlessly, forever trapped in the realm between life and death. The paranormal activity associated with the Titanic is not limited to sea faring craft. The White Star Line building in Liverpool, England, which once served as the headquarters for the company that owned the Titanic, has its own share of ghostly tales. Visitors and employees have reported strange phenomena such as unexplained noises, flickering lights, and a palpable sense of unease within the building. Some believe that the spirits of the Titanic’s victims have found their way to this place, perhaps seeking solace or resolution for the tragic events they experienced.

While personal encounters and eyewitness testimonies form a significant part of the Titanic’s ghostly legacy, psychic mediums and paranormal investigators have also delved into the mysteries surrounding the disaster. Mediums claim to have made contact with the spirits of Titanic passengers and crew members through séances and other spiritual practices. These mediums often provide messages or insights attributed to the deceased, shedding light on their experiences and emotions during the ship’s final hours. While the veracity of such claims remains a subject of debate, they contribute to the ongoing fascination and exploration of the Titanic’s haunting legacy.

Beyond individual encounters and spiritual investigations, the tales of the Titanic’s ghosts have found resonance in popular culture. Books, documentaries, and films have explored the supernatural aspects of the Titanic’s story, perpetuating the fascination and intrigue surrounding its haunting spirits. From fictionalized accounts of ghostly romances aboard the ship to speculative theories about time travel and parallel dimensions, the ghostly legends of the Titanic continue to capture the imagination of storytellers and audiences alike.

However, it is essential to approach the subject of the Titanic’s ghosts with a critical and skeptical mindset. The allure of the paranormal often leads to exaggerated claims, sensationalism, and the potential for hoaxes. Many reported ghostly encounters can be attributed to psychological factors such as suggestion, sensory illusions, or the power of suggestion. The emotional weight associated with the Titanic’s tragedy can also influence perceptions and contribute to the creation of ghostly narratives. Nevertheless, the enduring fascination with the Titanic’s ghosts serves a purpose beyond mere entertainment. It keeps the memory of the Titanic alive, reminding us of the human cost of the disaster and the need for continued efforts in maritime safety. The stories and legends surrounding the Titanic’s haunting spirits offer a glimpse into the enduring power of human imagination and our desire to seek meaning and connection with the past.

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One of the larger collections of Titanic artifacts located at the Titanic Museum Branson, MO.

One of the most poignant examples of a reported ghostly encounter on the Titanic comes from the account of the Strauses, a prominent couple who tragically perished on the ship. Isidor Straus, co-owner of Macy’s department store, and his wife Ida chose to stay together rather than separate during the chaos of the sinking. According to witnesses, the couple was last seen standing arm in arm on the deck, refusing to board a lifeboat. The spirits are often seen where actual Titanic artifacts have been rescuced from the sunken ship. The artifacts have been put on dispay and have traveled accross the country with recreations of the ships rooms and Grand Stair case.

Since then, there have been numerous claims of sightings of their apparitions, still united in death, walking together hand in hand on the reconstructed decks of the Titanic. These sightings serve as a reminder of the selflessness and love that characterized some of the Titanic’s passengers. Another notable example involves the ghostly presence of children on the ship. The Titanic carried many families, and tragically, a significant number of children lost their lives in the disaster. Witnesses have reported hearing the sounds of children laughing, playing, or crying in the corridors or near the Grand Staircase. Some claim to have seen shadowy figures running or playing in the hallways, only to disappear when approached. These apparitions evoke a profound sense of sadness and loss, representing the innocence that was abruptly taken away on that fateful night.

Reports of paranormal phenomena extend beyond the physical artifacts or the posessions of the ill fated ships passengers. The Titanic Historical Society, an organization dedicated to preserving the memory of the Titanic, has received accounts of ghostly encounters from individuals who have visited the society’s headquarters in the United States. Visitors have reported unexplained cold spots, objects moving on their own, or the feeling of being watched by unseen eyes. While these experiences cannot be proven scientifically, they contribute to the ongoing fascination with the Titanic’s haunting spirits.

The enduring appeal of the Titanic’s ghostly legends lies in their ability to connect us to a specific moment in history and evoke a range of emotions. They remind us of the fragility of human existence, the indomitable spirit of those who perished, and the unresolved stories that remain embedded within the fabric of the ship’s wreckage. Whether one believes in the existence of spirits or considers the ghostly encounters as products of human imagination, the Titanic’s haunting legacy is a testament to the power of collective memory and the enduring impact of historical events.

In conclusion, the ghosts of the Titanic continue to captivate the collective imagination, as stories of ghostly encounters and paranormal phenomena persist to this day. From the Lady in Black to the spirits of Captain Smith, crew members, and children, the specters associated with the Titanic evoke a sense of tragedy, longing, and unresolved stories. While skeptics may dismiss such accounts as products of suggestion or emotional attachment, they contribute to the ongoing fascination with the Titanic’s haunting legacy. Whether as a reminder of human loss or as a symbol of the unexplained mysteries that surround us, the ghosts of the Titanic keep the memory of the ship and its passengers alive, ensuring that their stories endure for generations to come.

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Ghostwalking in Titanic

Wandering room to room through the sunken wreck, the explorer and filmmaker finds himself at home among the spirits.

It had been five hours since my intrepid robot Gilligan left its garage on the front of the submersible Mir 1 and disappeared inside the cavernous shipwreck. Our sub was parked on the upper deck of the most famous wreck in history, surrounded by eternal blackness and over 5,000 pounds per square inch of pressure, both thanks to a two-and-a-half-mile column of water over our heads.

Safe inside the Mir , I flew the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) with gentle nudges of the joystick, its thrusters maneuvering it into the ship’s treacherous interior. The “bot” had penetrated to F Deck, paying out a thin fiber-optic cable like Theseus in the labyrinth, with only Ariadne’s twine to guide him back. Though the tiny vehicle was now seven decks below me, I felt as if my consciousness were inside the bot, its cameras my eyes, staring down the corridors of the ship. Its jeopardy was also mine, and my pulse raced with each new hazard. Turning a corner, I barely escaped being pinned by a falling “rusticle,” one of the stalactite-like formations created by the bacteria that are slowly devouring the steel of the ship.

As I passed through an entrance, suddenly revealed in my lights were sparkling reflections off a wall of gleaming blue and green tiles. Teak chaise lounges lay upturned on the floor, incredibly well preserved, and above them was an arabesque dome covered in gold leaf. I had entered the elegant spa on the most luxurious ship of its time. “Tell them we’re in the Turkish baths,” I said to Mike Arbuthnot, the marine archaeologist sitting next to me. He keyed the microphone and relayed the message up to the surface.

Our interior archaeological survey of the ship had begun in 1995, as I was wrapping up shooting the wreck for the movie Titanic. Back then we had an unwieldy ROV called Snoop Dog , which was little more than a movie prop, but we flew it down inside the ship’s grand staircase nevertheless, all the way down to D Deck. Its lights revealed that much of the ornate wood paneling remained intact. Snoop reached the end of its tether and could go no farther, but I could not help wondering what lay in the shadows just beyond its lights. After the movie was released, I commissioned the building of two revolutionary new robotic vehicles so we could return and truly explore the interior. In 2001 and again in 2005 I made multiple dives to the Titanic wreck and flew our bots deep inside, exhaustively surveying her interior. Ultimately we imaged and documented 65 percent of Titanic ’s surviving internal spaces, including the first-class cabins, first-class reception and dining rooms, steerage cabins and open space, cargo holds, and Marconi room.

One incredible discovery followed another, in dizzying succession. In the first-class dining saloon and reception rooms, we found the tall leaded windows still intact. The hand-carved mahogany paneling on the walls and columns remains, some of it with the original white paint still visible. There are cut crystal chandeliers and, in the first-class staterooms, immaculately preserved brass beds. Filigreed iron grilles cover the yawning elevator shafts. When I first laid eyes on the intact brass call button, I felt as if I could reach out and touch it, and a ghostly elevator might still arrive. Titanic sank on her maiden voyage before her interiors could be photographed, so most of the archival images used as references for the movie’s sets were photos of her sister ship, Olympic. For the first time we were learning how Titanic herself was actually built, and the details of her decoration have now been painstakingly reconstructed from the bot videos. I now know where the movie is accurate, and where it’s not.

Of all our discoveries, the most evocative are the relics that suggest the human hands that touched them. In Henry Harper’s D Deck cabin, his bowler hat remains in the ruins of his closet, right where he left it. In Edith Russell’s cabin on A Deck, the mirror still gleams in her washstand, reflecting back the bot’s LED lights instead of Edith’s terrified face as she rushed back into the room to get her lucky toy pig before running to board a lifeboat. In another stateroom, a glass decanter and water glass sit, impossibly, still on the washstand. Had the glass been empty, it would have floated out of its holder when the room flooded, and been lost. But someone took a drink and left it half full, and there it sits today.

In the soundproof Marconi room, the wireless apparatus survives, the knife switches still in the positions left by the young operators, Harold Bride and Jonathan Phillips, revealing that they cut the power when they abandoned their post as the water rushed up the deck outside. We even imaged the transformer they had repaired just the night before the sinking. Acting against guidelines, the two young wireless geeks managed to restore the set to full power—an act that may have saved 712 lives, since without this power they might not have reached the rescue ship Carpathia with their historic SOS. Capturing these precious bot images was like touching history itself.

In 2001 I had wanted to get into the C Deck suite of Ida and Isidor Straus, the elderly couple famous for choosing to die together rather than be separated by the evacuation rule of “women and children only.” Their suite was the most ornately decorated on the ship, and in fact had been the basis for Rose’s suite, the room in which Jack Dawson draws the heroine’s portrait in my fictional narrative. I got our stalwart bot Jake as far as the purser’s office, discovering the tall purser’s safe in the process, but I couldn’t penetrate to the Straus suite next door. In 2005, determined to find a way, I wriggled the slightly smaller Gilligan through a constriction, knocking rusticles out of the way, and emerged into an open space. The bot’s lights revealed gleaming gold sparkles. Not only was the ornate mahogany fireplace still intact, but sitting on it was the gold-plated clock, just as it appeared in the archival photo, and just as we had re-created it for the movie. It was a surreal moment, fiction and reality merging in the stygian depths.

After 33 dives to the wreck, averaging 14 hours each, I have spent more time on the ship than Captain Smith himself did. In all that exploration, the strongest memories are these out-of-body experiences of ghostwalking through the corridors and stairwells of Titanic via my ROV avatar. Its gothic ruin exists now in a ghostly limbo, neither in our world nor completely gone from it. The rusticles have transformed Edwardian elegance into a phantasmagorical cavern, a surreal underworld ruled only by dream logic. But despite the sheer alienness of the place, I felt a tingling déjà vu exploring there. Having walked the faithfully built movie set for many weeks, I would turn a corner in the wreck and already know, before the bot’s video camera revealed it, what would be there. It was an eerie feeling but also strangely comforting, as if I were somehow home.

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Haunting new footage of Titanic wreckage to be released

More than 80 minutes of rare and mostly unseen video was taken during pioneering 1986 expedition

Haunting new footage of the wreck of the RMS Titanic was set to be released on Wednesday, taken during the pioneering 1986 expedition that gave the first glimpses of the doomed ocean liner since its notorious sinking on its maiden voyage more than seven decades before.

The cache of more than 80 minutes of the rare and mostly unseen video comes from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) of Massachusetts , which partnered with French explorers in the discovery of the ship’s remains.

The release commemorates the 25th anniversary and re-release of the blockbuster movie Titanic , whose director and writer, James Cameron, continues to support Titanic research.

The Titanic sank with the loss of more than 1,500 lives in April 1912 after striking an iceberg, in one of the deadliest and most significant maritime disasters in history.

A Woods Hole oceanographer, Robert Ballard, and the French explorer Jean-Louis Michel located large chunks of debris in 1985 almost 2.5 miles below the surface of the Atlantic, about 400 miles from Newfoundland.

Ballard led the expedition the following year, recording video inside the ship, using a deep-ocean submersible named Alvin and a smaller, more maneuverable remote camera called Jason Jr that could pass through narrow openings.

“More than a century after the loss of Titanic, the human stories embodied in the great ship continue to resonate,” Cameron said in a statement this week.

“Like many, I was transfixed when Alvin and Jason Jr ventured down to and inside the wreck. By releasing this footage, WHOI is helping tell an important part of a story that spans generations and circles the globe.”

A 96-second teaser for the footage, which was scheduled to post in full on Woods Hole’s YouTube channel at 7.30pm ET on Wednesday, showed images taken from above the bow and inside the wreck, set to an atmospheric piano soundtrack.

The trailer said the footage “chronicles some of the remarkable achievements of the dive” led by Ballard.

More recent visits to the depths have revealed signs of decay in the wreckage of the Titanic, which split into two main chunks while sinking.

A 2019 series of dives by Eyos Expeditions , guided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa), was the first in 14 years, and showed the wreck had been “heavily impacted by strong and ever-changing ocean currents, metal-eating bacteria and natural salt corrosion”.

“Diving on the Titanic is a complex and difficult undertaking. The logistics of working at 12,500ft while 370 miles offshore are challenging,” said Rob McCallum, the Eyos founder and expedition leader.

McCallum said the wreck remained “one of the most iconic and exclusive destinations on Earth”.

Cameron’s largely fictional 1997 movie based on the Titanic story, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, is one of only three films to have won 11 Oscars , including best picture and best director.

The Canadian film-maker was also behind the celebrated 2003 documentary Ghosts of the Abyss , which captured some of the most stunning images ever recorded of the Titanic during an expedition two years previously. Cameron funded and co-piloted a submersible built specifically for the adventure.

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When April comes, I begin to think of the Titanic. The tragic maritime disaster with its ghostly whiff of unfinished business, why, it just inflames my imagination, let me tell you. And living in New York City, we have something of a special claim to the story — along with Belfast, Southampton, and Halifax, New York is one of the cities most associated with the craft.

Our city has its share of Titanic memorials – the lighthouse at the South Street Seaport, and a touching memorial to Ida and Isidor Strauss on 106th Street – as well as some of its ghosts. Most famously, the Jane Street hotel is rumored to be haunted by the spirits of the ship’s survivors. But what of the site of the sinking? Can the sea itself be haunted?

This is an interesting question for ghost-hunters. The ocean is filled with wrecks and the bodies of doomed sailors and passengers. With so many ghosts of the sea, the earth’s waters should be one of the most haunted places in existence. Think of all the perished souls who died abruptly and violently and never had a proper burial – supposedly the first set of criteria for creating ghosts. Logically speaking, there ought to be dozens of ghost ships circumnavigating the seas at any given time.

And there are indeed very many famous ghost ships. The Flying Dutchman, of course, is the best known. The Dutchman legend has been floating around (if you will) since the 17th century. The ship is said to be doomed never to enter port and to sail ‘round the world forever. To sight its glowing hull and masts is said to portend doom, and those who see it will never walk ashore again. The origins of the story are unclear, but some have tried to explain it scientifically, saying it’s an optical illusion caused by light refraction, which may be how the legend began. However the story first got started, it has been repeated throughout the centuries, and has been adapted in literature and film, most notably in Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner, which tells tale of a ghost ship, and in Edgar Allan Poe’s MS. Found in a Bottle, in which a shipwreck survivor finds himself on a ship with a lifeless crew.

As for the Titanic itself, have there been any ghost sightings spotted near the rusting hull, three hundred miles out to sea? Incredibly, the answer is yes. Ships passing by the site, which is off the coast of Newfoundland, have actually reported seeing orbs. Orbs, as any ghost hunter can tell you, are little balls of light-energy signifying supernatural presence. Multiple orbs have been spotted hovering near the Titanic site, on more than one occasion. Furthermore, submarines sailing near the site have reported hearing strange signals and interference on their radios, including SOS messages that have no verifiable source. (On an interesting side note, the Titanic was among the first vessels to use the distress signal SOS, which was new at the time. It used it interchangeably with CQD – come quick, danger – which was the old signal. Neither, of course, helped matters.) Finally, in 1977, Second Office Leonard Bishop of the SS Winterhaven gave one of his passengers a tour of his ship. The passenger was soft-spoken, had a British accent, and was unusually attentive to detail. Something about the man struck Bishop as odd, but he couldn’t quite put his finger on what seemed out of place. A few years later, someone showed him a picture of Captain Edward J. Smith, and Bishop said, “I know that man, I gave him a tour of my boat.” His companion laughed and said, “Impossible! That man was the captain of the Titanic.”

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Titanic Ghosts, Curses and Premonitions

by JoHarrington

Since before Titanic sank, on April 15th 1912, there have been strange stories connected with it. Prepare for a voyage into the unknown.

Every major disaster has those who say that they saw it coming. Little things said by people, which take on a greater significance when they don't return. Or bigger things, which become very difficult to rationally explain away.

So what if the disaster is one of the largest in human history? There are many reasons why the sinking of the RMS Titanic has fascinated so many generations since, not least its ghosts, premonitions, curses and other uncanny stories.

Did Morgan Robertson Predict the Titanic Disaster in Futility?

His novel read like a news report of the sinking of the ship, but it was written 14 years before..

Titanic had not even been thought about, when Morgan Robertson wrote Futility . Yet the similarities stretch beyond coincidence into a chilling tale.

It was 1898 when Morgan put pen to paper to create his novella about a ship sinking in the mid-Atlantic Ocean. At the time few people were interested. It was not a best-seller nor did it make him rich and famous.

It took another fourteen years for the story to become infamous. The narrative contained scenes which seemed to predict Titanic!

Futility or the Wreck of the Titan by Morgan Robertson

As soon as the news of Titanic's sinking hit the headlines, readers experienced a sense of deja vu. The resulting publicity has kept Futility in print and going strong until the present day.

Some modern readers have also spotted another of Robertson's short stories, entitled Beyond the Spectrum (1914), which reads uncannily like the atomic bomb being dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

If he had prescience, then it didn't do him much good. He died of a drug overdose only three years after Titanic sank.

The Mystery of the Titanic

So what do you reckon did morgan robertson write about titanic fourteen years before it actually happened or is it all one massive coincidence, coincidence.

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I think it might be coincidence. When people speak or write things into existence, they are most likely to occur. I think it's coincidence how both ships claim to be unsinkable and they sunk. It also had to with putting material things above God. Putting luxury above God. Since it's not right, it will all parish. It does say in the Bible that things created by man can't be put above the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God has to be put first, and then all good things will come. I think the author tried to prove that point.

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I think it's a coincidence.

I guess there are trillions of books out there creating imaginary scenarios, names and plots. Anyone of them could subsequently become a premonition if the correct events happen to unfold . It's a question of statistics combined with hindsight

I'm thinking that it's just a coincidence. It's very similar but as the book was written in the present day, it wouldn't be too difficult to add a little bit of imagination and arrive somewhere in the near vicinity of the measurements of the Titanic. The names are most likely similar as a ship of that size at that time would be best described as a titan. The path that the Titanic took wasn't the first time a ship has taken that route before nor is it the first time that an iceberg has taken out a ship. It would be impressive if it was a prediction, but sadly I don't think it is.

The prediction became a reality for JP Morgan to ditch the "Beyond Repairable" Olympic with the Name Plates riveted over with the name Titanic. However, the California (one of JP MORGAN's Ship) on that very night within eye sight of the Olympic-renamed the TITANIC was supposed to rescue all passengers. However, the captain of the California failed to respond to olympic- renamed the Titanic- destress rockets as well as failed to wake up his maconi telegraph operator to verify if said ship was really in distress. The prediction became a reality skeemed by JP Morgan to collect on INSURANCE MONEY. However, ALL ABOARD was supposed to be RESCUED. DUMB IDIOT CAPTAIN OF THE CALIFORNIA

Without doubt. This may not have been a conscious prediction but a prediction nevertheless

Morgan Robertson Books and Stories

Read more about the man, or look closely at his tales, to help make up your mind about his reported clairvoyance., did an ancient egyptian mummy's curse bring down titanic, it seemed that princess amen-ra really did not want to go any further away from her desecrated tomb..

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In the cargo hold of Titanic was an Egyptian mummy. It belonged to WT Stead, but it had been smuggled on inside his car. He hadn't openly declared it, because he thought it would be refused admission. Why? Because it had a deadly reputation.

The mummy was that of Amen-Ra, a princess, who had lived around 1050 BCE during the 21st or 22nd Egyptian dynasty. Four British treasure hunters amateur archaeologists had made their way into her pyramid and removed goods from her tomb.

But they had all met an horrific fate. Death had quickly taken each of them, with one lingering just long enough to face destitution as well.

Whoever owned Amen-Ra's mummy similarly fell victim to the curse, but WT Stead was not a superstitious man. He purchased it from the British Museum, who were keen to get rid of it, after some of their staff had fallen victim to its presence.

It was being taken to America as a curiosity to show in exhibitions. But the mummy now lies in the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, along with William Thomas Stead.

The British Museum deny all knowledge of ever having such a mummy in their collection. But still on display there is the gessoed (mummy-board) of a possible priestess of the Goddess Amen-Ra. It too has an unlucky reputation.

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Buy these books to learn more about the egyptian curse legend associated with titanic., the titanic's 1337 curse.

Constructed entirely in the fiercely Christian city of Belfast, one curse story about the Titanic ran like wildfire through its Catholic population.

The hull number was 3909 04. Look innocuous to you? Then read it like a gamer would, then turn it around (or simply read it in a mirror).  It appears to spell out the words 'NO POPE'.

The story went that Protestant shipbuilders had assigned it, in order to upset Belfast's Catholics, but God had had the last grim laugh when Titanic sank beneath the waves.

There's only one slight hitch with this tale. 3909 04 wasn't Titanic's hull number. That was 131428.

Titanic: Beyond the Curse (2004)

This discovery channel program charts a course through some of the unsettling personal experiences associated with titanic., titanic ghosts in halifax, nova scotia, with a cemetery filled with unnamed graves, is it any wonder that displaced spirits roam this canadian city.

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This was usually in service laying coastline cables, but the news of the disaster had been radioed through. It was now laden with coffins and ice. It was going to collect the floating dead.

Nothing prepared the crew for what they were about to encounter. Over 300 corpses bobbed on the ocean waves, kept afloat by their life-jackets. They carpeted the seascape for miles around the spot where the liner had gone down.

There was another problem too. The radio message hadn't quite conveyed the scale of the disaster. The cable boat only had 109 coffins.

Strict social hierarchy had dominated the selection for getting into the lifeboats, now it played a part in determining a place in the coffins. The salvage crew sorted through bodies for signs of social class.

Those with monogrammed jewelry or clothes which suggested they had been First Class were automatically embalmed on the boat. The majority of steerage passengers were stripped of identifying items and their life-jackets, then consigned to the icy depths as a burial at sea.

Finally over-burdened with more bodies than the boat could safely hold, the crew returned to Halifax. Each corpse was numbered and, where possible, given a name. The majority were buried in graves lining the city hill-side, their funerals paid for by the White Star Line, the owners of Titanic. Their headstones merely held the date, the fact of their being on that ship and their number.

That was not the end of the story.

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This is the story of the bodies being brought back from titanic; plus modern forensic investigations to finally give some of them their names..

A makeshift mortuary had been made in a port side building, which is now the Five Fisherman Restaurant . Diners and staff alike have reported strange phenomena. Cutlery moves on the tables without anybody touching it. Glasses are flung from shelves. Disembodied voices call for help. Shadowy figures are spotted rushing across the dining room. A misty, grey shape floats down the central staircase. An old man's reflection has been seen in the bar-room mirror.

There have also been shadowy silhouettes seen in the local St Paul's Anglican church, where the funerals took place. (Maybe because many of the dead were Irish Catholics?)

These ghosts never made it to their destination and now they're trapped, far from home, in a strange place not of their choosing. Perhaps that is why the haunting seems so strong in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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Buy these accounts of true ghost stories to learn more about titanic's nova scotia ghosts., the haunted titanic exhibits, items salvaged from the titanic are often shown in museum displays all over the world. but did more come home than meets the eye.

Meghann Gibbons is a curator at the Georgia Aquarium, in the USA. In 2009, it was the venue for Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition; and it left her firmly believing in ghosts.

So many people reported feeling watched, or experiencing an over-whelming sadness, that she started to take notice. In one particularly spooky incident, a four year old boy kept demanding of his grandmother, "Who is that lady?" and "What is she doing?"

There was no-one there, whom they could see. Just personal possessions brought up from the wreck of Titanic's First Class cabins.

Wherever the exhibition goes, there are more reports just piling up. Some visitors have seen 'actors' walking about in period dress, when none were actually employed; or have commented that they enjoyed the 'ride', as the floor gently rocked to simulate a ship's deck (no such mechanism existed).

A night watchman in New York City also got a bit irritated by the fact that something set off the motion detector, every night without fail, at around 3am. There was never anything to see.

The Titanic exhibition moves around, so check out its site to see if it will be coming anywhere close to you.

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TAPS Check Out Titanic Ghosts

The stories from Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition were so plentiful that Jason and Grant went along to see what they could find.

The results of their ghost hunt amongst the Titanic artifacts were broadcast as episode six, in Season Five.

Amongst the highlights is what sounded like a male voice saying, "Now, please wait." It was picked up in an EVP recording.

And what precisely did tug on Jason's jacket?

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She watched her husband walk across the carpet towards the window. No doubt this was viewed with some surprise, as he was supposed to be sailing across the Atlantic at the time. Moreover, he neither looked at her nor spoke to her.

When he reached the window, Captain Smith simply disappeared. It was too early for news of the Titanic disaster to have reached Mrs Smith, but she knew. From the moment she saw his ghost, she knew.

Nor was she the only woman in Southampton, Britain, to be experiencing such strange phenomena. All over the city, wives of sailors and other members of the crew told tales of waking in the night with nightmares, or through hearing their names called out. There were a lot of men reaching out for their loved ones, on April 15th 1912, as they sank to the bottom of the sea.

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Learn more about the ill-fated captain of the titanic to understand some of the decisions that he made that night., the ghost of titanic victim benjamin guggenheim, he died like a gentleman, but then did he take another route back home.

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A millionaire businessman, he traveled in First Class alongside celebrities, nobility and the other wealthy passengers. The way that he died has also become legendary.

After escorting his mistress and her maid onto a lifeboat, he and his valet dressed in full formal evening attire.

The gentlemen were seen relaxing in the smoking lounge, while all over the Titanic everything else was in panic and chaos. Benjamin was sipping brandy from a fine glass, while his valet stood to attention. He blithely informed Second Captain Lightoller, "We've dressed up in our best and are prepared to go down like gentlemen."

Later on the pair did return to the deck, but only to pull out a couple of deck-chairs. They sat drinking brandy and smoking cigars, neither even attempting to get into a lifeboat.

Benjamin did send a message via a survivor though. He said, "Tell my wife, if it should happen that my secretary and I both go down, tell her I played the game out straight to the end. No woman shall be left aboard this ship because Ben Guggenheim was a coward."

They both died and their bodies were never recovered from the Atlantic Ocean. But does that necessarily mean that Benjamin Guggenheim never came home?

Monmouth University, in New Jersey, USA, has several buildings on its campus, which once formed part of the Guggenheim family's summer house. The clue is in their names - the Guggenheim Library and the Guggenheim Theater.

Both have been witness to a shadowy figure walking around them. Moreover, lights that have been switched off suddenly turn back on again, after staff have just locked up and are walking away from the door. Local lore has it that Benjamin came back after all.

Books about Benjamin Guggenheim and his Family

Learn more about one of titanic's more charismatic victims, to uncover a life that realized the american dream., the ghosts of titanic survivors, yes, you did read that correctly. some of the resident spirits didn't directly go down with the ship..

Some Titanic victims didn't have to go down with the ship, in order for their lives to be over. Survivor's guilt and the condemnation of society killed them, once they were seemingly safe on dry land.

So great was the power of the testimonies of chivalry, that any man who returned in a lifeboat found himself to be a social pariah . It is a little known fact that five percent of the male survivors subsequently committed suicide. They couldn't live with the fact that they had made it home, while women and children drowned; and everyone knew it.

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He tried to explain how many women would not get into the lifeboats. None of them believed that the ship would really sink and they were too afraid to get into an open boat. He only saved himself when no other takers were forthcoming for Lifeboat 13.

No-one was really buying this and the trauma wore him down. His depression became so acute that, on June 21st 1919, Dr Dodge shot himself in the head and, seven years after Titanic sank, became one of its final victims.

Yet even then there was no respite. His ghost has regularly been seen , quite clearly and by several witnesses, still wandering lost around his former home.

No such stigma attached itself to another survivor, the 'unsinkable' Molly Brown. She lived out a full life after Titanic, before dying in unexceptional circumstances in 1932. However some people think that she still walks her Denver home.

Titanic's Time Travel Survivors

Were captain smith and a female passenger rescued after all.

In 2008, a strange story surfaced on the internet. From sources, which seemed restricted solely to Indonesia, came the news that Captain Edward Smith had been found alive and well.

Over a decade previously, a liner passing through that infamous stretch of the North Atlantic had encountered an iceberg. Unlike its unhappy predecessor, this ship did not crash into it, but it did stop.

There was a man clutching the iceberg, holding on for dear life in the freezing conditions. If that wasn't bizarre enough, his name and aspect, upon rescue, really caused some goosebumps. He identified himself as Captain Edward Smith and he certainly looked the part.

As far as he was concerned, it was April 15th 1912 and he had been going down with Titanic. But then he wasn't. He was as startled as anybody to find himself nearly a hundred years later with none of his charges to be seen.

According to the tale, fingerprint evidence, stored in the archives of the White Star company, confirmed his identity.

But there was more! In 1991, a young woman had been found in practically identical circumstances. Wenny Kathe claimed to have been a passenger on Titanic and she too couldn't explain how she ended up adrift on a 20th century iceberg.

As unbelievable as it may seem, both of these tales appear to be a hoax. An Indonesian blogger did extensive research and concluded that the whole sensational episode was fictitious.

EVP Readings from the Site of Titanic's Sinking

Twenty-two paranormal investigators are preparing to sail out to the site of the Titanic disaster.

Led by Sandman Kelley, the Titanic Endeavour Tour will seek to record the voices of those long-since drowned at the spot.

They will take EVP equipment, which has been used to hear messages from beyond. This recorder is a staple favorite of ghost-hunters across the globe.

An Australian radio show heard all about it and uploaded the interview onto YouTube.

Interview with Sandman Kelley and William Brower

Buy ghost hunting kits, planning to visit any of the places haunted by titanic's ghosts then you'll need equipment to record your experiences, more articles about titanic.

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Thank you very much. I'm glad that you liked it. :)

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Another excellent Titanic article Jo!

Indeed! It bears consideration anyway. I think that the auctions were used to offset the costs involved in the dives themselves.

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Watched a program about the Titanic the other night and it's a shame that all the artefacts that were picked up from numerous dives to the Titanic went for public auction instead of back to the families that owned them....you never know if that's created a curse right there!

Nice one, Kari! Thanks for adding that one. I did know about the near miss, but I didn't realize that it had been pegged as an omen. It seems that there were a lot of incidents like this, which rang alarm bells for some.

I know of another. It's not a ghost story, but it is an omen story. When Titanic left the port it almost sucked down a ship called the New York in it's wake. Some people thought it was a sign Titanic would never reach New York because of it.

Glad to have been so entertaining. ;) I did enjoy writing this one though, especially trying to work out what rational explanations might apply.

Entertaining article. I don't believe in ghosts as such but I do enjoy a good ghost yarn. Thanks x

Me too. :D Though I was more than a little dubious over the time travel story.

And thank you for your kind words. I'm really glad that you liked it. I enjoyed researching and writing this page.

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Another fascinating article, Jo. You are amazing!! There is so much work invested in making this. And I read each and every word. BTW, I do believe in ghosts.

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Ghosts Of The Titanic

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The Titanic is in the news again, owing to a grisly incident involving a submersible on its expedition to the gravesite of the Titanic. With that, the ghosts of the Titanic wreck have come back to haunt us again.

On April 14, 1912, the so-called unsinkable ship called the Titanic hit an iceberg. At first, most of the passengers were unaware of what had actually happened.

A couple of hours later, many of them were screaming for their lives and being flung through the air as the ship listed steeply to starboard and then plunged into the ocean.

Some fortunate people had gotten away in lifeboats, but for many, especially the poorer passengers, it was the end. Over 1,500 people lost their lives that day, including entire families.

Some died quickly, others could be heard moaning in the freezing cold water. As one survivor put it, there was a chorus of shrieks, and then just a deathly silence. The question is, did any of the dead rise again?

2023 Titan Submersible Incident

Recently an expedition to see the wreck of the Titanic came to a horrifying end when the submersible consisting of 5 people imploded near the wreckage, killing 5 onboard instantly.

Their deaths were quick as they vapourised in the shallow depths of the ocean. During the rescue mission, the sonobuoys captured weird banging noises from the wreckage site. The noise was frequently heard at 30-minute intervals from the deep of the ocean.

The rescuers thought the trapped people from the submersible were calling for help by banging the hull. But after the discovery of their instant death, the strange mystery regarding that banging noise coming from the wreckage site puts a lot of questions about its actual source.

The Wreckage of Titanic

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First of all, we should ask where the Titanic is today? It broke into two main parts, each of which lies about 600 meters away from each other.

They’re about 12,500 feet (3.8 km) down and around 370 miles (600 km) from the coast of Newfoundland. Not surprisingly, a large site of debris formed with parts of the ship and people’s belongings being scattered on the bed of the ocean.

As for the bodies of the dead, well, they were eaten by any number of sea creatures a long time before the first expedition was launched to go and survey the wreck.

If some parts of them are still down there is still not entirely agreed upon. The first discovery of the wreckage didn’t happen until 1985. It wasn’t because of lack of want, though.

Many rich folks who’d lost friends or family on that ship wanted to sponsor an expedition. But there wasn’t enough funding, and the technology in those days wasn’t good enough to get down that far.

Then on September 1, 1985, an expedition led by American and French oceanographers finally found something.

Discovery of Debris

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It was the massive boiler of the Titanic. The next day they found more parts, including hundreds of thousands of bits of debris that had been dispersed over a two-mile radius.

What was surprising was that some things they found were in really good condition given the fact they’d been lying down there for over 70 years.

Since that time quite a few things have been brought back from the wreckage site, haunting items that as you’ll see turn up in exhibits from time to time.

Watches were one thing that was found, with them stopping at the time their owners went into the water. They may not be haunted, but looking at them certainly makes your hair stand on end.

Other things such as deckchairs, coins, cutlery, furniture, and dishes have been brought back up from the depths. As for the dead, it’s very unlikely any parts of them would have survived that long deep under the water.

Their flesh would have been eaten, and the bones would have dissolved because of the seawater. Remnants of humans have been found before in old wrecks, although the likelihood of that happening is not high.

The question for some people, though, is what about the souls of the dead?

Ghosts of The Titanic

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These days there’s a new kind of expedition, one with the paranormal in mind. Some folks are now searching for the ghosts of the Titanic wreck.

Ok, so if you went down there now with your buddies because that’s the kind of thing you all do, you’d find pairs of shoes; you’d find bits of old clothing, but you’d struggle to find the people who had worn those things.

There are some people, however, who claim if you get close enough to the wreck you can hear the ghostly voices of those that perished.

In 2010, a group of 20 paranormal investigators wanted to capture those sounds and show them to the world. We hate to disappoint you guys, but it seems that the expedition never got off the ground.

Not only that, the expedition, called “The Titanic Endeavour Tour”, was said to have offended relatives of the victims once they found out about it.

Ok, so that didn’t work out, but there’s more. There’s the story of the ghost who was the Captain of the Titanic and who died on that fateful night. His name was Edward Smith.

Captain of the Titanic

It seems his soul is a bit restless these days, if you believe that sort of thing. In 1977, he may have popped up for a chat.

As the story goes, Leonard Bishop, the second officer of the ship called SS Winterhaven, was giving a tour of his ship to a quiet Englishman. The man was very polite but asked a lot of questions about the ship.

Bishop later remarked that he was taken aback by how obsessed this man was about the details of the ship. He also said that at the time he was sure he’d seen the guy before, but wasn’t quite sure where.

A couple of years passed, Bishop saw a photo of the man who’d asked all those questions on the tour. He told his friend he’d met the guy, to which his friend replied, never, he went down with the Titanic.

He was the Captain. Maybe you just can’t hold a good man down, because in 2018 a couple of folks taking a selfie in a pub in Northern Ireland had quite the shock when they looked at the image.

To them, it seemed the ghost of Captain Smith had photobombed them. Apparently, the pub they were in had some connection to the Titanic and that’s why you can find lots of Titanic memorabilia there.

Ghosts of the Titanic: Edward Smith

They said at the time of the photo they felt something cold rush down their backs. They even sent the picture to a ghost hunting outfit called “Paranormal Investigations UK” and were told that something indeed didn’t look right about it.

Mr. Smith, it seems, won’t properly give up the ghost because it’s said by some that he haunts other places. In 2012, tenants who lived in the home where he spent his childhood said that for years lots of odd things happened in the house.

They said previous tenants of the two-bedroomed property had said the same thing. The usual stuff like things going bump in the night happened on occasion, but it was also said that sometimes a rush of very cold wind would for no reason pass through the place.

Another time the kitchen flooded, but there wasn’t any good reason why it had happened. The water seemed to come out of the faucet by itself. That or the renters were somewhat embarrassed about leaving the water running.

Then there’s the story of the captain appearing in a mirror he once owned. When he didn’t return from his trip that mirror fell into the hands of his servant, Miss Ethelwynne. She said sometimes when she looked in the mirror she saw the Captain looking back at her.

In a letter, her sister-in-law told a friend, “She always spooked me when she said that at times she could still see Captain Smith’s face in it on the anniversary of when the Titanic was sunk.”

Alleged Paranormal Activities

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We also found sources of what we might call the dubious kind stating that there’s evidence of ships passing the wreckage site and people on the ships saying they saw little orbs of light flying around.

The same sources state that submarines passing through that area have said their radio signals have been blocked. We attempted to look further into this and can’t find any evidence, therefore we think someone just made it up and it’s been repeated numerous times.

There’s an equally dubious story that surfaced in 2009. A woman claiming to have visited the Titanic Belfast museum said something strange happened to her when the Titanic’s distress signal was played for her.

She said she suddenly felt very anxious and started to experience what sounds like a panic attack, only for her to feel a hand on her shoulder and hear the words, “It’s ok.”

When she looked up, there was no one there. Perhaps the biggest buzz regarding the ghosts of the Titanic comes from The Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

That’s a strange place to mention when talking about the ill-fated ship, but it’s where you can find over 200 artifacts taken from the Titanic.

The Exhibition of the Reminiscence

One of the people that worked on that exhibit once said this, “Let me tell you, when you’re closing this place up at 11 p.m., midnight, you hear stuff.” He said he’s felt people grabbing at him that weren’t there.

He said he’s heard giggles and also his name being called. On one occasion he said he heard an orchestra playing. The question is, does he have a vested interest in saying that?

This is how he once responded to skeptics: “I’ll say this a million times and on my deathbed, and maybe come back and say it after my death: I would not lie to you. What I’m asking you is to keep an open mind.”

Some of the docents and even guests have had some serious experiences here. ”One such person was a photographer. He was getting ready to take some snaps when he saw a woman in an old-fashioned dress with a white collar walk down the Grand Staircase.

This part of the exhibit was roped off to the public so he wondered what she was doing there. He asked her if she’d like to have her photo taken to which she just ignored him. The next thing he knew, she was right next to him.

Again, he asked if she wanted her photo taken, and this time she just seemed to vanish. Then there’s the story of the ghost of Frederick Fleet who it’s said has been seen at the exhibit.

Ghosts of the Titanic: Frederick Fleet

This guy was one of the lookouts on the Titanic, a man that told people about the approaching iceberg when there was no way of getting around it.

He was actually one of the fortunate folks that made it back to dry land, but with guilt on his mind and after a series of bad events he took his own life. Apparently, his ghost has been seen on the deck still keeping a lookout.

Now for a man whose name was tainted after the ship went down. He was managing director of the firm that built the Titanic, and he was on it when it sank.

Except he didn’t stay behind with all the other men; he jumped ship as soon as he could. His name was J. Bruce Ismay. Leaving women and children behind was not a good look for him and he was called a “coward” by the newspapers of the time.

He was the bad guy in the movie “Titanic” or at least one of them. People have since said his bad guy image was perhaps a little unfair. Anyway, it seems some ghosts of the Titanic still don’t like the man.

His portrait hangs in the Vegas exhibit, only one day it was found on the floor when workers arrived. It’s said that staff looked at the video footage and saw the picture shake violently and then dismount the wall.

The Hunt Continues

Not so long ago, ghost hunters went to the Titanic exhibit when it was at the Georgia Aquarium. Their conclusion was that there was some paranormal activity there.

That’s because they said they felt and recorded strange cold areas. They said they saw apparitions wandering around and one guy said he felt a hand on his shoulder.

Maybe that happened, or maybe viewer numbers wouldn’t look so good if those ghost hunters never claimed anything spooky was going on.

Then again, a retired architectural draftsman from Virginia named Wyatt Jason Moore has something else to say about the Titanic’s ghosts.

He built a massive replica of the Titanic. It was an impressive feat in itself since he made it almost perfect after studying many photographs.

He said he soon started to hear noises coming from it and when he took photos of the ship he’d sometimes see what looked like little people in the camera lens. “I leave them alone and they leave me alone,” he once told the media.

Looks like the ghosts of the Titanic wreck will continue to haunt the researchers for years to come.

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