San Diego's museum mystery: Supernatural activity reported at Star of India

SAN DIEGO - Following the viral video of an Egyptian statue that appeared to be spinning on its own inside the Manchester Museum, 10News went to look for local museum mysteries and found many strange stories at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. 

"I've seen some things I can't explain myself, personally," explained Jim Davis, the general manager of the museum. He is talking about some of the unexplained phenomena happening aboard the Star of India, the world's oldest active sailing ship.

"My experience on board has been footsteps on the decks above, footsteps below even when no one is there," said Davis. "Big bangs, having doors open and unlock themselves, and close and relock themselves."

The iron ship was built in 1863. Since then, 5,400 passengers have been on board the ship as it sailed for 21 years around the world. Davis says there have been ghosts of several unfortunate sailors and passengers that still haunt the cabins inside.

Cold spots, pillows and pans moving at night and the smell of freshly baked bread have been reported near a kitchen that has not been used in decades. 

Davis also shared a story about a stowaway boy who fell to his death off the ship, who continues to play tag with passengers today.

"There have been numerous people that had their back touched with an 'S' on their back," he explained.

These stories have attracted paranormal investigators to the ship. In their overnight stays, the researchers have recorded conversations with spirits, the sound of boot steps on an empty deck and tracked magnetic forces that reveal supernatural phenomena.

Davis said it is up to visitors to decide if the place is really haunted. He adds that the spirits have not harmed anyone and appear to be quite all right with the people who come aboard.

"They're happy that we are taking care of the ship, keeping [the ship] alive and sailing her," Davis said, noting that this year is the Star of India's 150th anniversary.

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