The RMS Titanic set out on its maiden voyage with an estimated 2,222 people aboard in April of 1912. Tragically, only 706 of those passengers would survive. The ship was moving too fast one freezing night, and struck an iceberg and sank. Those who perished in the accident suffered a terrifying and agonizing death - and any paranormal enthusiast will tell you that strong emotions paired with untimely death the are key ingredients in most hauntings.
For eight decades, the RMS Titanic and all its contents sat at the bottom of the Atlantic until underwater excavation teams brought artifacts back up to the surface. Now these pieces of history are offering a rare glimpse at what it was like to be on the massive ship, and hinting at the ghostly spirits that still linger around the doomed vessel. The exhibit, housed at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas, seems to be a hotspot for paranormal activity. The over 300 pieces displayed apparently still have a connection to the former passengers who possessed them, and the scary stories from exhibit employees and visitors keep stacking up. Read on to discover some of their spooky tales.
A Lady In Black Appears On The Grand Staircase
The Titanic Artifact Exhibition at The Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas apparently has a ghost wandering its grand staircase. Employees and guests alike have seen this mysterious woman, who wears a black period dress with a white collar and her hair in a bun.
As a photographer prepped for the opening of the exhibition, he spotted the woman casually walking down the Grand Staircase. He was startled, as he hadn’t seen anyone enter, and the staircase was roped off. He assumed she was part of the exhibit and asked if she’d like him to photograph her. She ignored him. He went back to setting up, but suddenly she was directly behind him. Again he offered a photograph and this time she didn’t just ignore him - she vanished.
The Ghosts Take Portraits Off The Walls
The exhibit at The Luxor includes a portrait of Bruce Ismay, one of the Titanic’s builders. He apparently fled the sinking ship, leaving women and children behind. Witnesses on the lifeboats claim he kept his back to the ship as it sank, and allegedly he was the one insisting the ship speed up after receiving ice warnings. Perhaps it's not surprising that the ghosts of the Titanic seem to dislike him.
One early morning as the crew came in to open the exhibit, they found the portrait of Ismay on the floor. The manager watched the surveillance video from the night before and was stunned to see the picture begin shaking before coming off of the wall, apparently of its own accord.
Museum Staffers Are Poked And Prodded By Unseen Hands
According to staff and visitors, the Titanic artifact exhibition at The Luxor is extremely haunted. Eerie sounds, uneasy feelings, and actual sightings of ghostly specters have all been reported. Artifacts expert Joe Zimmer seems to attract quite a bit of attention from these supposed spirits. He says he's had his name called and his hair and clothing tugged on, all followed by the sounds of laughter.
And late at night, Zimmer reports hearing a phantom orchestra play.
A Ghostly Tour Took Place On The SS Winterhaven
What if you saw a ghost without even realizing it? In the case of Second Officer Leonard Bishop of the SS Winterhaven, that was exactly what happened. In 1977 he gave a tour of the ship to a man who he assumed was a passenger. The British man was very soft spoken and extremely interested in every detail of the vessel, almost unusually so. Bishop found the man to be a bit strange - not unpleasant, just odd.
It wasn’t until a few years later, after seeing a photo of Titanic Captain Edward John Smith that Bishop realized why the situation felt so off. Bishop exclaimed to a friend, "I know him, I gave him a tour of my boat!" The friend laughed and informed Bishop that the man had been long dead: "That man was the captain of the Titanic!"