Wednesday, October 13, 2010

ss watertown


so, a few weeks ago, in preparation for halloween, i put out the word that i was hoping for some creepy, crazy, spooky stories to get us all in the mood for the 31st. and i'm so glad that so many of you responded! rich woodall hooked us up with the ten creepiest mysteries that you've never heard of...last week and today we have one of several offerings from warren newsom! i've got a couple in from mike estelle, more from rich, and a couple others that will keep us reading throughout the rest of the month!

from warren, a story from paranormal

The Ghosts of the S.S. Watertown
August 23, 2010 by admin

One of the most famous ghost pictures is that of James Courtney and his shipmate Michael Meehan. The picture was taken from the deck of the S.S. Watertown in 1924 and since that time it has become the most recognized ghost photo in the world.
The two unfortunate sailors who are said to be the spirit faces in the water died while sailing aboard the S.S. Watertown. The huge oil tanker was sailing through the Panama Canal from New York. The seamen were said to have been cleaning an area of the ship that had a lot of gas fumes. Sadly, the two succumbed to the fumes and were then, as was the custom, buried in the Pacific Ocean.
Crewmates of the two dead sailors then began to see the faces of their departed mates in the water following the ship. The Captain of the S.S. Watertown was alerted to these eerie sightings and used the only camera on board the vessel to take pictures of the strange phantom faces.

SS Watertown Ghosts
The Captain is said to have taken the camera and placed it into the ship’s safe for the sake of security and to ensure that nothing happened to the film. When the boat docked, the photos were developed and although five of the pictures failed to reveal anything, the faces did appear in the sixth. Both the Captain and the first mate swore to the authenticity of the film when an investigation was underway.
The faces were only seen while the ship was in the Pacific Ocean, but they were reported to have been sighted on more than one voyage. However, after the crew of the tanker changed hands, the phantom faces never appeared again to any members of the new crew or to any other ships.
Many people have undertaken the challenged of trying to verify if the photo is genuine, or if it has, in fact, been altered in some way. Some investigators now claim that the entire episode was merely a giant hoax. However, if that is the case, what about the crewmen who all claimed to have seen the images? Were they all lying? Was it merely a big hoax? Believers do not think so!


this past weekend was my birthday and, though i was trying to dodge it, as my friend vera pointed out, you can't dodge it if it's posted right there on facebook, idiot! (well, she was nice enough to leave out the idiot. that was mine.) anyway, i received an almost embarrassing amount of birthday wishes--thank you all so much!--but along with them came these two beautiful birthday pin-ups from kelsie and eleni ladd featuring the perhapanauts!

choopie's birthday wishes!
by eleni ladd

perhapanauts birthday!
by kelsie ladd

thank you so much, eleni and kelsie!
these really made my day!

gotta run!
smell ya later~!


Brian said...

Great birthday cards, Todd.

A certain artist might just want to start worrying about his job security.


Anonymous said...

My girl wants to do Jersey Shore... but I really don't feel like bein 'the situation'.. lol

No masks.. hard to drink with a mask on!! any good ideas??

Matt Wieringo said...

My plan is to go as the red-shirt guy on Star Trek. I'm ordering the shirt today and I already have dead-on replicas of the phaser and communicator (complete with lights and sounds). My only dilemma is whether or not to damage the shirt to look like I've been "phased."

These creepy stories are helping me get my Halloween groove back, Todd. (Stupid Richmond weather!) Keep em coming!

Anonymous said...

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