She was called the Grey Ghost during her years as a World War II transport ship, but even now, with her service long
over, the Queen Mary is still associated with ghosts: over a dozen apparitions have been reported aboard the ship.
During her 60-year history, the Queen Mary was the site of 49 reported deaths, so there are plenty of potential spirits
to haunt her hallways. Reported hauntings include a young crewman in the engine room, swimmers in the first-class pool, a
man in black, and a woman in blue.
The daily Queen Mary Ghosts and Legends Tour includes admission to a special exhibit and a self-guided tour to other places
where ghosts have been sighted.
However, for a more in-depth experience, try one of their evening tours, led by "paranormal host" Erika Frost. You can
choose from several options including one which begins with dinner in Sir Winston's restaurant, followed by a two-hour tour
of some of the Queen Mary's most haunted parts, including the propeller box, engine room, boiler room, cargo hold and first
class swimming pool. Many of these areas are normally off-limits to visitors.
Frost says she has communicated with many of the spirit energies who live aboard the Queen Mary, and she wants to help
them get out and go home. In the process, she could work herself out of a job, but that may take a long time, considering
how many spirits hang out in the Queen Mary's halls and holds.
I admit I'm a skeptic when it comes to paranormal phenomena. However, Frost seems so sure that she's experienced them here
that I found myself hoping to see Henry as he was said to be swirling around Frost's head, listening for the crying woman
and trying to feel John's presence in door 13 where he died, but it was to no avail. Some of my fellow searchers heard something,
felt something or experienced one or more of the symptoms of paranormal activity that Frost told us to expect: dizziness,
nausea or feeling of heat or cold. Whether it really a paranormal occurrence that brought on their symptoms, the simple power
of Frost's suggestions or the effects of too many cocktails at dinner, I can't say.
What I can say is that the Queen Mary is a fascinating, huge old ship with a rich history. She's creepy at night the way
any big, old structure can be, and she makes noises that aren't easily explained. And ghosts or not, the tour goes into areas
of the ship that are not included in other tours. Whether you're a skeptic or believer in the paranormal, one of the Queen
Mary ghost tours can be an enjoyable way to spend an evening.
If you're taking the dinner and tour option, get dressed up for dinner, but be sure your shoes are comfortable. And on
any of the tours, you'll need to climb a lot of stairs.
Can't get to the Queen Mary to see the those ghosts for yourself? These folks captured some images from the Queen Mary GhostCam.
What do you think?
Is the Queen Mary haunted?
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