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  • 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 of the 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?

  • First of all, we should ask where the Titanic is today?

  • It broke into two main parts, each of which lies about one-third of a mile (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 the fact was, 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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

  • the 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 more than 20 paranormal investigators wanted to capture those sounds

  • and show them to the world.

  • We hate to disappoint you guys, but it seems that expedition never got off the ground.

  • Not only that, the expedition, calledThe 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.

  • 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 some quiet English man.

  • 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 he wasn't

  • quite sure where.

  • A couple of years passed, and 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, you can't have,

  • 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.

  • 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 calledParanormal Investigations

  • UKand 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, tenents 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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 movieTitanicor 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 video footage and saw the picture shake violently and then

  • dismount the wall.

  • Still, we looked for this footage and we didn't find it.

  • We also didn't find any firsthand accounts from the staff, so again, this might be another

  • tall tale that's been repeated to death.

  • 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 ship, 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.

  • Now you need to get the full Titanic story with, “50 Insane Facts About Titanic You

  • Didn't Know.”

  • Or, have a look at, “Why Is Titanic Still at the Bottom of the Ocean?”

On April 14, 1912, the so-called unsinkable ship called the Titanic hit an iceberg.

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