Limited time interactive tour offers ticketholders a ghostly experience.
By Charly SHELTON
R.M.S. Titanic was the ship of dreams. More luxurious and larger than any ship up to the time of its launch in 1912, it had the space to carry 3,547 passengers and crew in its record-breaking 46,328 ton, 882½ foot long body. Much as with John Hammond of Jurassic Park, “We spared no expense” was the selling point for the ship, attracting the ultimate elite A-listers of the day with names like Astor, Guggenheim, Ismay and Straus. With rooms costing between $900 and $103,000 by today’s standards, Titanic was unparalleled in its luxury not only for first class, but even down through second class and third class. On its maiden voyage, 2,224 passengers and crew were aboard.
On the night of April 14, 1912, the sea was glassy calm. A moonless night in the North Atlantic made for dangerous sailing conditions. Telegrams had come in from other ships starting at about 2:30 in the afternoon of April 14 warning of icebergs. Many more came throughout the day but were ignored by the radio operators who, according to one account, were more interested in sending messages for the richer passengers aboard the ship for which the operators were paid. Captain EJ Smith reportedly had tried to slow the engines, which were running at almost top speed, to give more time to swing around anything that may be spotted. But he was urged by Bruce Ismay, owner of the White Star Line and therefore of Titanic herself, to speed ahead, hoping to break the speed record for crossing the Atlantic. After much argument, Captain Smith eventually relented and returned the engines to full speed before retiring for dinner.
At 11:40 p.m., Titanic struck an iceberg that scraped along the starboard side, buckling the panels and allowing water to seep in. “Spared no expense” apparently did not apply to the rivets used, which popped like a fat man’s shirt buttons. Titanic listed to one side, broke in half and sank in two separate parts, finally disappearing beneath the waves at 2:20 a.m. on April 15 with more than 1,000 people aboard.
Most died on the ship or shortly after, succumbing to the frigid waters of the North Atlantic.
Emotional trauma – not unlike what was suffered by those who died on Titanic – is one theory of how objects or places become enthused with energy, leading to what many call a haunt. OC Paranormal recently visited “Titanic: The Experience” in Buena Park in response to reports by employees and visitors of strange occurrences surrounding the exhibit. OC Paranormal’s psychically gifted investigators went through the exhibit with employees and chosen members of the media to see if they could detect some of the entities that may inhabit the exhibit, hear what they have to say and, in certain cases, answer questions about the experience of being on the doomed Titanic – and perhaps explain some of the odd occurrences at the exhibit.
Ghosts, entities, spirits, anomalies – whatever you want to call them – can supposedly cause measurable fluctuations in electro magnetic fields (EMF) or temperature, their presence can cause sounds of voices or footsteps or unidentified noises and even provide photographic evidence – all indicating a “haunting,” which is scientifically unexplainable as to the cause of these anomalies. Using an EMF meter, thermometer or camera requires no additional ability for the user other than having hands. Psychic ability, however, is much more rare than someone who can hold a thermometer or take a picture. When those who have psychic gifts investigate haunts, the results can be much more impacting and definite.
One of the many reported spirits who the investigators interacted with is Captain Smith, who spends his afterlife standing in one of the rooms of the exhibit, trying as hard has he can to convince exhibit patrons that he was not to blame for the sinking yet knowing that, as captain, it was his fault as are all things on his ship. He spends his days wracked with guilt, trying to clear his name from beyond the grave.
Two third-class Irishmen haunt the re-creation of the hallway where the third class bunks were kept. They are adamant that they were locked in the bowels of the ship by the crew and that it was, at least in part, a racial reasoning among the British crew members who took delight in locking the Irish passengers in the sinking ship. This experience was accompanied by chills surrounding the investigators and media as well as a huge spike in EMF.
To take part in “Titanic: The Experience” visit titanictheexperience.com/buenapark to learn about the haunted tours when all of the findings of the OC Paranormal will be revealed. These tours will only be held Oct. 25 and Oct. 26.
For a full breakdown of the experience of the paranormal investigation walkthrough, visit True-Believer.Net this Friday for issue 14 and the longer edition of this article.