The following experience was documented on digital audio and can be reviewed by following the evidence tab above.
THE EXPO OFFERED late night tours which are heavily attended and as expected were sold out. Matthew met up with regular Queen Mary investigator and friend to PXP, Jerry Reynolds, and Haunted Voices Radio special equipment developer Brian Simpson, and as a team, decided to pass on a public tour and take, how should it be put, a more stealth three amigos tour. Jerry helped with regular Friday night public paranormal investigation tours and knows the ship's inner layout and would act as our guide.
Armed with only digital audio recorders and a few pieces of experimental equipment, we spent hours investigating and conducting EVP sessions within the engine room, boiler room, and passageways probably not visited by the mortal kind for decades. Our last stop at approximately 1am found us inside the first and third class swimming pool womens changing room where the three investigators experienced a most impressive event.
|Queen Mary's first and third class swimming pool: Today and as seen in when the ship was in service.
The changing room
Under the first and third class swimming pool secondary staircase entrance is where the fabled women's changing room is located. It's a intimate hallway once offering 16 stalls, eight on either side, where lady passengers once showered and changed clothes. According to many visitors, it holds an imposing, unsettling feel, with some investigators claiming an energy vortex residing in its middle. A vortex, by those that support the theory, is a portal that allows spirits to travel between realms -- a doorway of sorts. This hasn't been proven of course, but occasional anomalous magnetic readings have been noted.
|The women's changing room labeled as to which booth the investigators sat in as the a bobby pin apparently was tossed.
The bobby pin
...but that was only half of the experience.
Jerry, Brian and Matthew sat toward the middle of the room's hallway, each in their our own stall. Jerry was at Matthew's left with Brian across. There are no lights in the room, so all sat in complete darkness. After 24 minutes of talking among themselves, simple silence, and calling out for activity, a loud 'ping' sound is heard in Brian's stall near his head.
After a few moments of discussion, a bobby pin was found near Brian's right leg. Matthew describes the sound heard as metallic and tinny. His thinking is that it sounded like a tight spring rapidly uncoiling and hitting a surface or the piece of an equipment case flinging-off. When the pin was found, it seemed to be the likely culprit. Where did it come from? How did it find its way tossed into Brian's stall, hitting the booth's wood panel covered wall?
The team took the bobby pin and threw it hard against Brian's wall and the resulting sound matched to their satisfaction. Upon further analysis, the pin had to been thrown from within the hallway at a sharp angle, possibly from the stall to the right of Matthew.
After examining each investigator's recording, it was determined the word was indeed an EVP. All team member voices were accounted for and Todd Bates of Haunted Voices analyzed the recording and determined it was captured at 78.3Hz, well below the vocal frequency of a human male and obviously not matching any investigator's voice.
While reviewing the incident on my recorder, I came across what sounded like the f-word expletive shouted during the period of time we tried to find the source of the sound. Such a word coming from the team would have been uncharacteristic. It was loudest on my recorder, making the source located in the same direction as the bobby pin throw.