Antarctica is touted as the most haunted place in the world. Sure, this number is based on the number of ghosts per capita, but with a population fluctuating between 1,000 brave folks in the winter to 4,000 during the summer, there is roughly one perturbed spirit for every nine people that inhabit the desolate continent.
The spirits of explorers, scientists, and tourists are believed to wander the icy wasteland and the abandoned buildings they once inhabited during their lifetimes. Whether by plane crash or exposure to the extreme temperatures, many have involuntarily included themselves among the Antarctic ghosts.
The Ghost Ship 'Jenny' Has A Crew Of Frozen Men
The schooner Jenny left port in 1923 and was never seen again until a whaling ship named Hope allegedly made a horrifying discovery in 1940. According to the crew, an ice wall broke open and the trapped Jenny was released from the wall's icy grip. Sailors noticed people on Jenny's deck, but when they boarded, they realized the people had been frozen solid.
The captain of Hope ventured deeper into the ship and found Jenny's captain frozen in perfect tableau writing in his journal. His last entry is nothing short of chilling:
"May 4, 1823. No food for 71 days. I am the only one left alive."
Hope's crew allegedly took the log book but left Jenny to sail on as a ghost ship.
Robert Falcon Scott And Some Of His Team Still Haunt Their Hut
In the early 1900s, the race was on to be the first to reach the geographic South Pole. In 1911, British explorer Robert Falcon Scott put together a team and set out on the Terra Nova Expedition. When they reached Antarctica, they built a hut where some men stayed while the rest of the team attempted to reach the South Pole.
The expedition did not go completely as planned; a rival reached the pole about a month before his team. Scott and four other men he had selected to join him on the expedition died on their way back to the hut. Frostbite, gangrene, and starvation plucked them off one by one. On March 2, 1912, Scott recorded his final journal entry:
"Every day we have been ready to start for our depot 11 miles away, but outside the door of the tent it remains a scene of whirling drift. I do not think we can hope for any better things now. We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker, of course, and the end cannot be far. It seems a pity but I do not think I can write more. R. Scott. Last entry. For God's sake look after our people."
Scott's hut still stands, and people who have visited said they felt uneasy and uncomfortable. Voices and footsteps have been heard, and some people felt like they were being watched. There is also a cross placed close to the hut in memory of three men from Shackleton's Ross Sea Expedition, who also used the cabin but died nearby. Perhaps the two teams joined up after death.
Hundreds Of Plane Crash Victims Haunt Ross Island
Antarctica became a frequent tourist destination in the 1970s. Tourists booked day-trip flights from New Zealand and enjoyed a leisurely, aerial view of the harsh, icy continent. One such trip turned fatal due to low visibility and pilot error. The plane crashed into the side of Mount Erebus at 300 mph, and the impact instantly killed all 257 passengers.
The corpses were stored at McMurdo Station, an American base on Antarctica's Ross Island, and many visitors to the site believe the ghosts of the victims are still hanging around. Visitors claim to hear voices, see short trails of unexplained footprints, and feel strange presences.
One McMurdo Station worker remembers:
"As soon as I entered, something was weird. I took a couple of steps in and the hair on the top of my head stood on end - footsteps upstairs; undeniably footsteps. A slow cadence of footsteps. I froze. It went from the back of the building to the front."
Spirits Of The Members Of The Endurance Expedition Slam Doors In The Wordie Hut
The Wordie Hut is named after James Wordie, chief scientist on Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914 - 1917 Endurance Expedition. It was built in 1947 after the previous building was destroyed. It is no longer used, but it is considered a historic site and monument.
After hearing several reports of a haunting, paranormal researchers from Destination Truth spent a night exploring the area. To make things even more creepy, the hut was still set up with furniture and canned food, as if the explorers from the early 20th century still inhabited it. Members of the team heard the frantic flipping of a light switch and the slamming of doors while staying in the hut. Items like jar lids fell off of shelves on their own. One member of the crew noted he felt a presence, and the rest of the team nodded in silent agreement.