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Monday, April 24, 2006

Everlasting life at sea

A paranormal researcher on board the Charles W. Morgan reported sensing "the presence of a seaman named Gerald" and "sickness, death and despair" among about 15 men as they rode out a large storm in their cramped sleeping quarters.

Friday's visit of the Rhode Island Paranormal Research group to Mystic Seaport was undertaken at the request of several visitors. Museum staff, while interested in all things maritime, aren't convinced of the presence of ghosts on board the ship. History and time leave their own impressions. There may well have been some Geralds (I haven't checked the crew lists yet there would certainly be more than 15 men experiencing sickness, death and despair over the course of many storms.

What is perhaps even more interesting is the fact that this story is being caried by the AP and showing up in more newspapers than any related maritime-type story that I've run across in about 5 months.

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Dwayne Clark said...

That is neat.


Tillerman said...

Hmmm - I think I could have come up with at least as plausible story as that "paranormal reseacher". I sometimes get that feeling of "sickness and despair" when I get a bad start in a race, but so far I haven't channeled "Gerald".