Ghosts of the Titanic
The tragic story of the Titanic is a well known one. What many may not realize, however, is that the Titanic Exhibit, which travels from one major city to the next, giving people the opportunity to view many of the once-lost artifacts from the monumental wreckage, seems to be perpetually haunted.
The strangest aspect of the paranormal phenomenon that seems to be complacently haunting the Titanic exhibit is that wherever it goes, the ghost(s) follow. Most ghost hauntings take place on the grounds in which the spirit died. With the Titanic being a completely different situation altogether, I guess it should be so surprising that spirits would attach themselves to the artifacts, and haunt whatever location houses them.
Just how many ghosts haunt the titanic Exhibition? It’s very hard to say. More than 1,500 people went down with the ship on that fateful evening of April 14, 1912. Though the Titan had been built with the most modern, sophisticated technologies of that time, and was earnestly termed by engineers to be “unsinkable”, mother nature proved them wrong.
There were 3,547 people on the Olympic-class passenger liner, the largest steam-powered passenger ship in the world, as it left the harbor on its maiden voyage. On that devastating night, the Titanic hit an iceburg. For the next two hours and forty minutes, frantic men and women, husbands and wives, frightened children and crew members, fought a predictably losing battle for their very lives.
The ship was equipped with enough life boats to rescue 1,178; not nearly enough to whisk more than 3,500 horrified passengers to safety. Following a strict code of human respect, the life boats were filled among the repeated shouts of “women and children first”. Most of those who went down with the ship that night were male.
The Titanic Artifact Exhibit is currently set up at the Georgia Aquarium, and has been for quite some time. Due to the incredible response from visitors, and paranormal investigators, as the case may be, the titanic Exhibit has been rescheduled to remain in the Georgia Aquarium until September of 2009.
An overwhelming number of visitors to the exhibit have claimed to get an eerie feeling, as if being watched, or feeling an immense sadness around specific objects or areas of the exhibit. Most assumed it was a general somber mood brought about by the near-century old disaster, but as more and more reports come in with similar claims, a lot of people are taking notice – including the TAPS team of paranormal investigators from Sci-Fi’s “Ghost Hunters”.
Even a spokeswoman for the aquarium, Meghann Gibbons, has relayed her belief, and the belief of many volunteers working on the exhibit, that is in fact haunted. One visitor to the Titanic Exhibit, with her daughter and 4 year old grandson, firmly agree.
According to her story, while viewing the 1st class quarters, she and her daughter thought little of the young boy’s repeated questioning “Who is that lady?”, and “What is she doing?” They assured him that there was only a dress laid out over the love seat, as if waiting to be adorned. It wasn’t until they heard later that TAPS was investigating paranormal activity in the Titanic Exhibit that they believed the boy had experienced his first ghostly encounter.
The TAPS lead investigators, Jay and Grant, also concur that the Titanic Exhibit is haunted. After a lengthy investigation, which aired on the 97th anniversary of the ships tragic demise, the TAPS team found adequate evidence of paranormal activity, including an eerie EVP recording. They were seated in a room trying to communicate with the ghost, and asked the spirit if it wanted them to leave. The voice clearly replied, “Now – please, wait.” Unfortunately, Jay and Grant could not follow-up on the questions, since they did not hear the voice until later, when the evidence was being reviewed.