March 12, 2010

Ghostly Encounters of the Third Kind

Hello, my name is Kristin, and I am a skeptic.

Always have been, always will be. And you know what? I'm ok with that. I think skeptics are smart because they do their homework/research/scour the internet for hours about one subject, etc. Yeah.

So, here's the situation:

Hubby and I are doing a show on the historic Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA.

The ship is a retired ocean liner that sailed the North Atlantic Ocean from 1936 to 1967 for the Cunard Line.

Paranormal sightings have been reported onboard the old vessel only after it was permanently docked in California.

Many areas of the ship are rumored to be haunted.

In 1966, 18-year-old engineer John Pedder was crushed by a watertight door in the engine room during a fire drill, and his ghost is said to haunt the ship.

There is also said to be the spirit of a young girl named Jackie who was murdered in the pool room haunts the first class pool onboard the ship.

It is also said that men screaming and the sound of metal crushing against metal can be heard belowdecks at the extreme front end of the bow. Those who have heard this believe it to be the screams of the sailors aboard the HMS Curacoa at the moment the destroyer was split in half by the liner.

The Queen Mary has been the subject of numerous professional paranormal investigations by printed publications like Beyond Investigation Magazine, nationally televised shows like Ghost Hunters, The Othersiders, and radio's Coast to Coast AM. The UK paranormal television program, Most Haunted, investigated the ship in a special two-part episode.

And, most importantly, on March 11, 2010 there were several reported ghostly "orb" sightings while rehearsing for a 1960's musical revue show, called "Feelin' Groovy".

But I'm still a skeptic.

This is the picture that started it all:


Oh yeah, and the yellow light streak thing is weird too. What face am I making?? Poor Jasmine didn't even see what was coming. But at least the streak of whatever-it-is matches her lovely yellow shirt.

Here's the photo hubby took right after the yellow-streak photo, to see if he could recapture it:

No more streak of light. But at least I'm smiling semi-normal now.

Both of these photos were taken in the small theater on one of the upper levels of the ship. All photos were taken using a Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS digital camera, with flash.

Here's a photo that was taken right before the light-streak photo of Jasmine and I:

Notice anything out of the ordinary? It's ok, we didn't either, until the light streak decided to attack poor Jasmine.

There's an orb right above David's head (he's the one doing the strange hand gesture), in the band pit.

See how it doesn't look like a typical dust speck or spot of reflected light, it's kind of got a sphere within a sphere.

So then the hubby got excited. He is obsessed with all things mysterious, supernatural, extra terrestrial, paranormal, conspiratorial, and basically anything that is weird or unusual. Kind of like him. Love that man.

Have you discovered the Weird U.S. book series? We own Weird California and Weird New York. The  Weird California one talks about the Queen Mary. The books are about all the oddities, strange legends, and weird roadside attractions for each state. When hubby and I move to New York, we're going to check out the Jell-O Museum in Le Roy. I can't wait!

Anyhoo, back to paranormal activity aboard the Queen Mary.

So the hubby starts taking pictures around the room, to try to "catch" any more orbs he can find. Inside the theater, he takes these photos:

This one's hard to see, so I'll zoom in for you.

The same orb! Same color, same size, same "sphere within a sphere" shape. Cool.

Here's another one above Jeff's shoulder. Same orb shape.

Then the hubby gets really excited. He decides to go into the DARK, SPOOKY, DESERTED, room next door to take more photos. ALONE.

I let him. Who was I to stand between a man and his ghosts?

Also, I felt awkward talking to ghosts that may or may not really be there.

Hubby takes a photo of the room:

Nothing. Just dust, rust, and probably a few rats. Ew.

Then... hubby talks to them. Them? I don't know. The "orb" things, I guess. At first he says, "Show Yourselves!" to the empty room.

Little orbs! Baby, teeny, pre-pubescent ones! Here's a close up:

Well, this wasn't good enough for the hubby - he wanted to see some ghosts! So next he says, "Come out, and if you show yourselves, I will let your families know you are OK".


I don't know how he'd "let their families know" their little baby orbs are OK, but it did seem to work. Check out this next photo:

It's bigger!

Then we had to start rehearsal and that was enough Ghost Hunting for one night. When we got home, we revisited the light-streaked Jasmine photo, and saw that the streak was actually made up of an orb, moving! Weird. Like it was zig-zagging around right when hubby took the photo.

It looks like the orb is trying to get away!!

But it's not. 

I researched "ghost orbs" on google today and found these sites that completely debunk any claim that "orbs" are paranormal:

Natural Environmental Orbs vs. Spirit/Ghost/Soul Orbs


Ghost Orbs

Orbs Debunked!

The Truth Behind 'Orbs'

Apparently our "orbs" are just dust specks or reflected light caused by digital cameras and their flash.


Well, it was fun while it lasted!

I'm sure we'll be taking many more photos as rehearsals continue. I'm guessing hubby hasn't given up on his ghost hunting yet.

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  1. Yeah, check out the "orbs" in this photo I took at a Scottish country dance back in 2006. That was with my old camera. My new one doesn't produce orbs because the flash is much further from the lens than my old camera. The closer the camera's flash is to the lens, the more likely you are to see orbs. My old camera produced LOTS of orbs in lower-light environment, but my new one produces almost none (I can't remember the last time I produced an orby photo). See? Similar lighting, new camera, no orbs. :-)

  2. Gee I am with your hubby on this one :) Orbs...check.

    But it is always fun to try and figure it out and research.

    Sounds like he will keep you busy as well as entertained in NY. :) He's a keeper.

  3. Haha! Yes, a definite keeper! And definite entertainment. :)


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