In this article we will be covering the tragic death of James Courtney and Michael Meehan, and the paranormal activity that followed their demise.
The SS Watertown faces…
The SS Watertown 1924
Two crewmen of the SS Watertown were handed the routine task of cleaning an empty cargo tank in December, 1924.
It would turn out to be the last task either of these men performed.
During the job, an accident caused an increase in fumes within the tank, and both men were killed before any of their fellow crew members could reach them.
They were named James Courtney and Michael Meehan.
The crew found Courtney’s body draped over Meehan’s – a sign that Meehan had succumbed to the engine and oil fumes first, and Courtney had then made a desperate attempt to drag him out of the tank.
The two men died when the Watertown was halfway through it’s route from New York City towards the Panama Canal, so the captain opted to bury the men at sea.
During their service the captain asked his crew if they would like to say any last words about the men – they remained silent.
Was this a sign that James Courtney and Michael Meehan were not exactly the most popular of sailors?
Was their unpopularity the reason behind them being given the messy and unpleasant job in the first place?
The SS Watertown Ghosts
Throughout the weeks that followed their burial at sea, the crew started to report seeing the faces of James Courtney and Michael Meehan in the water and waves around the ship.
Their ghostly faces would suddenly pop up from beneath the waves, and just float there, staring for about five seconds…before disappearing.
Before long, the captain himself witnessed this paranormal activity, and decided to report it to his superiors.
It didn’t go down too well, and he was ridiculed by just about everyone he knew!
He decided to get proof of this ghostly event, and purchased a camera to take on board the Watertown.
The captain was finally able to snap six photographs of the paranormal event at sea – he then sealed the camera, and the images safely, until he arrived at the next port of call.
When they were processed, five of the six images showed nothing but waves across the sea surface…but one had managed to capture the faces.
The image was tested by experts and found not to be tampered with in any way.
There has been several investigations into the photograph and many conclude the images to be genuine, Unfortunately, the negative went missing many years ago.
Surely, it would have been hard to fake this sort of image so well back in 1924?
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