Friday, February 10, 2012

Queen Mary Ghosts

Today's post is courtesy of guest blogger, fellow author and accidental ghost hunter  David Lee Summers.  Thanks David for contributing.

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These photos are from a ghost tour my daughter and I took during Her Royal Majesty's Steampunk Symposium held aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach California on Friday, January 13, 2012.  The strangest incident that happened was when we went to the first class swimming pool aboard the ship.  It's a noted "hot spot" for ghost sightings.  The first photo shows the pool.  Off the upper balcony, we went into the women's dressing rooms.  I snapped a photo of the corridor. 

When I took the photo, I thought I saw a person in the flash and indeed, there is a strange, almost human-shaped shadow in the photo.  I assumed it was one of my fellow tourists, but when I walked up the hallway, I didn't pass anyone or see any other people ahead of me in the corridor or the dressing rooms.  I did get a serious case of the willies as I walked further down the hall and the hairs raised on the back of my neck.

When I downloaded the photo onto my computer, I assumed the shadow I captured was some strange trick of the light.  However, I then did a simple brightness/contrast adjustment and adjusted the color curves a little in Adobe Photoshop and the image below popped out.  I should note, the hallway was completely dark.  The only illumination came from my flash.  If this was a fellow tourist, they were standing in the dark with this apparently non-nonchalant pose.  They had no flashlight and the flash didn't seem to illuminate them. 




Another place that felt very eerie to me was the old boiler room.  The top photo was taken just outside the boiler room.  Inside, the boiler room, I took several photos.  I kept feeling like I was seeing something move outside the corner of my eye.  The one thing that I may have captured is the green glow in the lower left hand corner of the bottom photo.






I'm a professional astronomer and writer.  I'm also an admitted skeptic.  I'm hard pressed to say these photos serve as hard evidence of ghost encounters.  Despite that, these photos do raise questions for me—especially the one taken in the dressing rooms.

For anyone who would like to read more about Her Royal Majesty's Steampunk Symposium, I posted a guest blog about the event at: http://darkcargo.com/2012/01/22/her-royal-majestys-steampunk-symposium-2012/

My regular blog is at: http://davidleesummers.wordpress.com

Thanks, Gayle, for letting me share my ghost tour experience!

9 comments:

  1. The photo you took in the hallway is awesome and erie at the same time. my brother and i had a very ghostly experience while staying on the queen mary last year. I was woken up by what i thought felt like someone sitting by the foot of my bed. Then again later by something touching my foot. My brother was in the small twin room down the hallway from me. I did not find out till that morning he was awakened several times but something touching his feet and pulling his covers.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by and commenting, Laurie. That definitely sounds like an eerie experience. Best - David

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  2. I had almost the exact same experience in that hallway, and have very similar pictures. I'm not sure if this makes me more skeptical, or the opposite.

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    1. Interesting Mike. Were you on the same tour -- or was that a different time? Like you, I'm not sure what it says, but either way, it gives me chills.

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  3. Mine was back in 2005. My picture, (after enhancement) shows what appears to be a sailor in a petticoat. I played with your pic some more, and to me it looks like a woman. Very spooky stuff.

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    1. With that time span, if it's a hoax, it sounds like a well practiced one, which, I guess, isn't impossible. Certainly two different people (or ghosts, for that matter) could explain the differences in the apparitions. It would be interesting to get back there and take some more photos under more controlled conditions, but the thought of doing that gives me chills.

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  5. Thank you for sharing. Here is a link to a site I posted my queen Mary photo to http://www.ghoststudy.com/galla2012/sep2012/fin104.htm I had taken it back in Feb of 2011 in the engine room. The anomaly appears as a shower type figure with a colorful head. Just thought I would share :) Mike

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