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Titanic Dry Dock and Pump House Paranormal Tales

by Emma Diane McManus 2 years ago in travel
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A brief overview of what the paranormal group I’m part of experienced at one of the worlds most infamous sites

The Pump House

NIPRA (Northern Ireland Paranormal Research Association, Northern Ireland’s first and longest running paranormal investigating team) ran tours at the famous Titanic Dry Dock and Pump House for over four years and in that time we got to experience some incredible activity.

But first, some history…

The Pump House and graving dock (dry dock) was opened by H.R.H. Prince Albert Victor of Wales on the 21st of May 1889 and, at the time, the dry dock was the largest in the world.

The dock itself is 44 feet deep, 415 feet long and 46 feet wide. The dock was capable of draining 26,000,000 gallons of water an hour. Dry docks are different from normal docks as they can drain out water, revealing the entirety of a ship's hull for painting or repairing.

The dock got the task of outfitting the Titanic.

Once down inside the dock there are large oak rests that the Titanic rested on. Along the top of the dock there are a number of square holes, these would’ve been used to hold thick wooden beams that propped the ships up while they were dry docked. The workmen would also climb along them, sit on them while they worked on the outside of the ships and used ropes to lower/raise tools and materials. There are also stories of the men jumping from beam to beam! There are four tunnels with steps and shoot, carved into the ground to take the workers up and down. The shoot was used to raise and lower tools and supplies but, like many shipyards/building sites, there were a lot of injuries and even deaths. So the shoot would be repurposed to bring the injured and dead up to ground level.

Over the course of the Dry Docks usage there were approximately 200 deaths, as each ship was “allowed” 5-10 deaths per ship build.

But it wasn’t just the Dock that saw injury and death, the Pump House also saw its fair share.

One section of the building used to house 6 large steam boilers. One of these exploded, killing 4 men. This area of the building is now a cafe.

The middle area still houses the original water pumps, including one that continues to keep excess water (rain mostly) from gathering in the dock.

The last section once housed more pumps and valves as well as foremen’s offices. The HMS Caroline now has their ticket office and gift shop there.

You can still go on history walks of the Pump House and Dry Dock.

We were lucky enough to spend over four years hosting tours to hundreds of people in this amazing location.

Some of our experiences -

The sound of heavy boots/footsteps could often be heard walking around the Pump House when everyone was still.

Spirit lights were also a very common event. They are something similar to orbs but usually flicker out very quickly.

Sounds of machinery could often be heard, even though the machines were no longer there or functioning.

A spirit named “John” would make himself known a lot. He was a foreman during his life and continued his duties even after his death. He was often seen moving around the “tool room”.

“Thomas” would also make himself known. He was a bit of a prankster in life and also continued this in the afterlife. He would flick peoples ears, pull on peoples hoods and hats and if we had someone be disrespectful towards the spirits there, he would shake their chairs and pull of their hats.

There are rumours that Jack the Ripper made a trip to Belfast. And, on occasion, if we mention his name, loud thumps and bangs could be heard from the Pump Well.

Down in the dock many spirits could be seen drifting around and poking their heads out of the tunnels. They mostly looked like shadow figures and weren’t interactive with the living.

EMF (electro magnetic frequency) devices would often go off, despite being so deep under ground with no electrical devices or wiring, lights etc.

People would also feel unsteady, as if they were on a boat while in the dock.

These are just some of the incredible experiences we and the many people who came on our tours had!


About the author

Emma Diane McManus

Hi! I’m Emma from Northern Ireland. I’m a tattooed, ghost hunting semi-professional photographer and aspiring author.

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