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The Ghost of the "Great Eastern"

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  • Ran Al
    The Great Eastern was the Titanic of its day. Built in 1857, at 100,000 tons it was six times larger than any ship ever built and, like the Titanic, seemed
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      The Great Eastern was the Titanic of its day. Built in 1857, at 100,000 tons
      it was six times larger than any ship ever built and, like the Titanic,
      seemed destined for trouble. When its builders tried to launch it on January
      30, 1858, it was so heavy that it jammed the launch mechanism and stopped
      dead. Even though it was eventually put afloat, it lay in harbor for about a
      year because the money had run out to finish it. The Great Eastern was then
      bought by the Great Ship Company, which finished it and put it out to sea.
      But during its sea trials, a huge ventilator explosion killed at least one
      man and scalded several others with boiling water. One month later, its
      builder, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, died of a stroke. Despite its size, the
      cursed ship never carried a full complement of passengers, not even on its
      maiden voyage.

      On her fourth voyage, it was badly damaged in a storm, necessitating costly
      repairs. In 1862, while carrying its record number of passengers - 1,500 -
      it sailed over an uncharted area and tore open its bottom... saved from
      sinking only by its double hull. On several occasions, a strange hammering
      noise of an unknown source could be heard far below decks. The crew said it
      could be heard even above the gale of a storm and sometimes woke sailors
      from their sleep. The ship continued to lose money for its owners, but was
      successful in helping lay a transatlantic cable in 1865. Better ships built
      for the purpose soon replaced the Great Eastern, however, and for 12 years
      it sat rusting until it was eventually sold for scrap metal. As it was being
      taken apart, the source of the ship's bad luck, perhaps (and the phantom
      hammering), was discovered: within the double hull was the skeleton of the
      master shipwright who had mysteriously disappeared during construction.

      source:-paranormal.about.com/library/weekly/aa011700b.htm
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