Everyone and Every Place Has a Story: Pictures from the Queen Mary Paranormal Tour

Posted: July 19, 2010 in Uncategorized

Paranormal Housewives Erin and Kirsten

After the PHW dinner/business meeting at the end of June, Erin and I decided to take the Queen Mary’s official “Paranormal Tour”. We did this with some reservations, considering that the quality of such tours varies widely, and we fear a certain amount of . . . cheesiness and boredom. As it turned out, it was a wonderful experience with an seasoned and quite psychic guide.

We had some mishaps at the beginning–the tour left without us, after we had turned over our personal items for safekeeping to the ticket office, which is closed for the duration (2 hours) of the tour. We had to run all over the ship, since no one knew where the group was. It was great exercise and a thrilling way to start a paranormal tour. Finally, a kind security guard took us to the right spot and we only missed the historical background of the ship, which we both know quite well (we all spend a fair amount of time on the QM).

In the Engine Room

The noises–out of character for the ship, not naturally explained or expected–commenced almost immediately. The Engine Room was dense with atmosphere, and believe me, it’s not always that way. The banging sounds were coming from the outside of the ship, but there was nothing to cause them. There were responsive bangs and equipment failure, all of which kept us frozen to the spot for longer than the tour normally stays in that area. When we finally moved on, something very interesting happened to me. I have, wrapped around my belt loop, a rosary. It’s IMPOSSIBLE to take it off unless you unwind it, push the cross through a hole in the beads, untangle the multiple knots, etc. However, right after I passed through the doorway, I heard the sound of the rosary beads and cross hit the floor. This was AFTER I stepped through, so the rosary would have had to somehow disentangle itself from my belt loop and fly backwards. This is NOT POSSIBLE. I tested this over and over again, jumping up and down, dancing, spinning, and so on–nothing could remove that rosary. The assistant tour guide was right behind me, witnessing the whole event. He was suitably confused.

One of the guests on the tour, a self-professed skeptic who was so freaked out by the crazy movements of the dowsing rods that he practically threw them to the ground and refused to continue!

The odd banging noises continued, to the point where our tour guide asked his assistant to please explore the upstairs to see who or what was making the noise. After a long while, he returned with no information to pass on concerning possible sources for the noise. During this time, Erin was picking up some intense impressions of her own–she felt the presence of a big, angry man who probably worked as a mechanic. Although I didn’t sense what Erin did, I certainly felt the oppressive atmosphere and wouldn’t have been surprised if that was exactly who was following us around. Our little tour would have annoyed someone like that, someone who Erin thought probably was not thrilled with the presence of women in a forbidden place on the ship.

The assistant tour guide returning from his mission to find the source of the odd noises on the ship. He had no explanation for what we were all hearing.

We entered the Boiler Room and wandered around before landing in the Green Room, a small space not intended for 18 people. Our lovely guide killed the lights and forced us to notice how our minds and bodies respond to the pitch darkness. Several of us felt something or someone touching us, but when you’re in such a crowded space, there is no way to prove that it wasn’t the guy or girl next to you. Still, it was a valuable lesson–paranormal investigators spend a great deal of time in the dark, and you must learn to distinguish what is and what is not paranormal activity without the aid of sight. It sharpens the other senses when you simply can’t see.

The high deco pool room–noted for the child spirit “Jackie” and other assorted ghosts. This is probably everyone’s favorite place on the Queen Mary.

One of the most popular spirits of the Queen Mary is Jackie, the very talkative and outgoing child spirit that frequents the former first class pool area.  Jackie has been seen in other areas of the ship, but she primarily stays in and around the pool room.  No one really knows where Jackie comes from and there is no forensic evidence of her dying on the ship.  Did she once travel on the Queen Mary?  Was she a Titanic victim who came to the Queen Mary on the day the Mary sailed by the exact spot of the Titanic’s demise?
Nicole Strickland has been in the former first class pool room on several occasions and has come into contact with “Jackie” many times.  Nicole has a great rapport with Jackie, as Jackie seems to feel very comfortable communicating with her.  Nicole has had numerous personal experiences with her and has obtained several EVPs of Jackie while in the pool room.

The pool room is famous for a “vortex” in the shower stall area. I don’t know who, exactly, made such a determination–a psychic whose name I have not been able to find–but it’s true that the shower stall area feels active and very alive. We all chose a stall, and the guide explained what we might see or feel. A number of us saw what looked to be a cat wandering down the center of the stalls. It was not a real cat. That was fascinating enough, considering that most of us were actually watching this shadow cat saunter down the hall. What topped off the evening was my blood-curdling scream as I flew out of my stall. I was sitting with my back exposed when I felt fur brush past me. I KNOW what cat fur feels like as I live with two, furred cats. The sensation was unmistakable.

With my momentary loss of control, the tour ended. It had lasted much longer than it was supposed to, since we experienced so much unusual phenomena. Skeptics will say that every tour is designed to have such things happen, but I have been on many tours where nothing unusual happened at all. Erin and I both recommend this tour: it’s run in a professional manner by a great guide who really knows the ship and her history. The unusual activity was real, not staged (I know staged by now!!). Although we can’t guarantee you’ll experience what we did, the tour is definitely worth every penny of the $50 ticket.

The Queen Mary Paranormal Tour runs twice monthly on Friday nights, 8-10 PM. See queenmary.com for more information!

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