The Star of India

Photo by Gayle Martin. Copyright 2009. All Rights Reserved.

Not all of my experiences with the paranormal are visual.

Last summer, when I visited San Diego, I brought along a friend who is a sensitive and is able to connect with spirit people. I guess that would make her a medium, but she is also a very religious woman, so she would never conduct a seance.

That said, we had to visit the Star of India. I’ve visited this wonderful historic ship many times in my life, but it wasn’t until recently that I learned the ship is haunted. I do however have a vague memory of being on board the ship when I was about eight years old, feeling someone run their finger down my back, almost like they were playing tick-tac-toe, and turning around and finding no one there. I just remember feeling annoyed at the time. Years later, I’ve found I’m not the only person whose had this kind of experience on the Star of India.

While I did not capture anything unusual on film my friend “Ginny” took a seat on the deck and see what she could tune into. Soon she told me she had picked up on the spirit of a young boy who had died on the ship after falling from the mast in the 1800s. This is well documented, but she also got some lesser known information. She said the boy’s name was Stephen, he was traveling with his family, and he had one sibling. She said he was also upset because the ship had changed since the time he had traveled on it.

When we left the ship we stopped and chatted with one of the Maritime Museum volunteers. Ginny told him what she had picked up about Stephen, and the volunteer was stunned as she described many little known details about him.

While it’s possible that Ginny could have looked this information up prior to our visit but I highly doubt it. We decided to come to San Diego on the spur of the moment, and as a wife and mother of a two-year-old, Ginny just doesn’t have that much spare time.


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