Thursday, 5 April 2012


A couple are hoping to sell the house where the Titanic’s captain was born - despite it being haunted by the doomed vessel’s skipper.

Former residents of the 19th century Victorian property - the birthplace of Captain Edward John Smith - are convinced they’ve seen the ghost of the ship’s master in the bedroom.

The previous owners of the house even reported a mysterious flood in the kitchen and an ICY chill in the dining room.

Captain Smith, who was among 1,500 people who died when the Titanic struck an iceberg a century ago, lived at the house until he began his naval career as a teenager.

Captain Smith - Haunting?
Married couple Neil and Louise Bonner paid £35,000 for the two-bedroom property in the Hanley area of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs, in 2002.

But after renting it out for the last decade, the couple say there have been a number of ghostly sightings and 'spooky goings-on'.

Freelance writer Mr Bonner, 64, said: 'Some years ago we had a single chap living in there and he rang up one day convinced he had seen the ghost of the captain.

'He had been at sea himself and said he was in bed when he saw him drift across the room.

'The ghost wasn’t in a naval uniform or anything but he was certain he had seen him.

'It hasn’t caused anyone to move out, but without doubt it could be haunted by the captain’s ghost because other people have reported spooky goings-on.

'We’ve heard of things going bump in the night from other tenants.

'Some have said they felt a really cold chill passing over them - as cold as an iceberg.'

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the disaster, the couple, who live in Baswich, Staffordshire, are now putting the house back on the market for £80,000.

Mr and Mrs Bonner outside the house
Mrs Bonner, 60, a former university lecturer, said the end-of-terrace house was built in the early 19th century and used as a corner shop by Captain Smith’s mother.

She said: 'It’s just a very humble and working-class house.

'Captain Smith left home when he was 13 or 14-years-old and he went away to sea.

'We will miss the place. What we’re really looking for is a Titanic enthusiast to buy it and appreciate the history of it.

'Since it went on the market it’s already triggered some interest.

'One of those has included someone on the phone from a Titanic museum in Germany.'

For Captain Smith, commanding the Titanic on its maiden voyage to New York should have been a fitting end to his illustrious career.

But on April 14, 1912, just four days into its crossing, the supposedly unsinkable ship struck an iceberg in the Atlantic.

The glancing collision caused Titanic’s hull plates to buckle inwards in a number of locations on her starboard side - opening five of her 16 watertight compartments to the sea.

Over the next two and a half hours, the ship gradually filled with water and sank - sending 1,500 people to an icy death.

A 3D version of the 1997 James Cameron-directed blockbuster, Titanic, hit cinema screens this week.

Source: DailyMail

My view: The ghost has to be Captain Smith - it possibly couldn`t be any of the other residents who have lived and died there, now could it?  (Apologies for my cynicism).

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