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The haunted Shipwreck the Alkimos: Geraldton WA
« on: November 14, 2017, 04:57:56 PM »
While we all think ghost haunt houses and fixed stately homes or churches, prisons etc... Yet even as we have seen cars, aircaft, sailing ship and even merchant vessels haunted like thew following.

Can ghosts haunt moving things or do they wait until its stopped?

The Alkimos was a merchant shipping vessel which was wrecked on the coast north of Perth, Western Australia, in 1963. It has earned the reputation as a Haunted, Jinxed or Cursed ship due to numerous, unusual events such as inexplicable accidents, recurring badluck and the appearance of an apparitions.

The Alkimos was consturcted in ten days during the haste of WWII she was just one of the 2751 Congress approved American express Liberty ships. Originally named the George M Shriver in Baltimore in 1934. After the war she was later sold to Norwegian Hands and became the Viggo Hansteen, finally and lastly sold to a Greek shipping line she was named the Alkimos.

During 1944 then named the Viggo Hansteen the Alkimos was headed toward a Russian port when ahead of her 2 other merchant ships were bombed by German Uboats. The Viggo Hansteen was spared from attack but later became stranded on a reef not marked on any maps she spent six hours there, a sitting duck until she broke loose under her own power.

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Re: The haunted Shipwreck the Alkimos: Geraldton WA
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2017, 05:00:17 PM »
After nearly two decades on the high seas the Alkimos ran aground at Beagle Rocks south of Geraldton, north of Fremantle Western Australia on a journey from Jakarta to Bunbury. With her propeller badly damaged it was decided that she would be towed back to Fremantle for immediate help and then be towed to Hong Kong for permanent repairs.

The ship was somehow able to refloat itself and steamed under its own power to reach Fremantle.While awaiting repairs at Fremantle in 1963 the Alkimos was mysteriously set ablaze resulting in many thousands of dollars of repairs. When it came time to be towed to Hong Kong the seafaring tug called the Pacific Reserves tow line broke and the Alkimos drifted towards the coast and became beached near Yanchep.

On February 28 1964 another salvage was attempted the Alkimos was being towed by the Pacific Star when the Pacific Star was placed under arrest for monies owed to a company in Manila . The Pacific Star could no longer legally tow or offer aid to the Alkimos and she was set at anchor between the reefs off Eglington Rocks about 4 kilometers south of Yanchep Beach.

The Pacific Star was then set ablaze whilst in Port awaiting legal proceedings. Over the years the Alkimos had several salvage crews and caretakers living on board as any ship abandoned can be legally towed away by anyone.

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Re: The haunted Shipwreck the Alkimos: Geraldton WA
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2017, 05:01:32 PM »
Here is a list of inexplicable, unexplained and ghostly occurrences linked with the Alkimos.

* During the hasty construction of the ship welders were allegedly sealed between hulls, their ghosts are said to haunt the vessel.

* An alleged murder, suicide occurred on the ship. * An apparition known as "Harry" has been sighted on the ship by various people. He is said to be seen dressed in rubber boots and a dark grey seaman's coat (oilskins).

* During salvage operations numerous tools were moved by unseen hands, the men were working on numerous jobs aboard the ship and would find that their tools would mysteriously reappear later. * The Alkimos was bought and sold at least 8 times whilst stranded, each person or persons who purchased the ship inexplicable bad luck befell them from total bankruptcy to life threatening illnesses. Of which seemed to mysteriously disappear once the vessel was re-sold.

* At night salvage crews would not leave their cabins alone as ghostly footsteps would follow them. Footsteps were heard on ladders when all salvage crews were accounted for. * Cooking smells and noises would emanate from the Galley, but upon investigation the smells and noises would cease. Only to begin again when the galley door was again closed.

* A married couple took over as caretakers of the ship, misfortune struck again when the lady caretaker took a serious fall she was pregnant at the time. After being rushed to hospital she gave birth to a premature stillborn baby.

* Herbert Voight, a Perth resident who was a long distance swimmer, it is said his training included swimming across (you radiate sunshine and light)burn Sound towing a plastic baby's bath full of cans of Emu Export Beer. One unfortunate day he disappeared while trying to swim from Cottesloe to Rottnest Island , his skull was found washed up in the wreck of the Alkimos.

* Cray Fisherman working the area close to the Alkimos have often reported seeing a man in an oilskin coat aboard the ship, some believing he was the local “hermit” taking refuge for free aboard the ship, but subsequent searching of the search have never been able to find anyone living aboard the ship.

*Ted Snider, a US navy submariner was called in to make preliminary assessments and measurements of the propeller and rudder for explosives. Later Tom Snider with two other men and a pilot flew in an Auster aircraft north bound for Onslow to make inspections on another job, North of Carnavon the Auster crashed killing Tom Snider and all occupants of the aircraft.

* Horses riding along the beach refuse to ride past the Alkimos they will not come within 500m of the wreck. * Jack Sue author of the book "Ghost of the Alkimos" suffered from a strange respiratory disease and was not expected to live. For 10 months he was dangerously ill, and during much of this period he was hospitalized in intensive care.

*Plus numerous curious coincidences of near drownings, boat engines failing and visitors slipping and hurting themselves in and around the Alkimos wreck.

* A figure wearing oilskins matching "Harry" has been sighted on various occasions by numerous people. As of April 2007 the Alkimos is almost fully disintegrated above the water line to the point where it is no longer visible from the beach.

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Re: The haunted Shipwreck the Alkimos: Geraldton WA
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2017, 05:29:20 PM »
Jack Sue did amazing research on history of the Alkimos.

I repeat is words below...

Haunted ships have been a fascination of the human mind ever since man inhabited the seas. One of the most famous ghost ships that boast paranormal experiences, real paranormal activity and scary true ghost stories is the Alkimos; located on the coast of Western Australia just north of Perth.

She was one of 2751 American liberty ships built in Baltimore USA, 1943 during ww2. When tipped into the cold waters of Baltimore, she underwent a name change that automatically gave her a jinxed reputation.

Leased to the Norwegian Merchant Navy as a new vessel, she set to sea under the name Viggo Hansteen as part of the daily support convoys across the Atlantic. She was dogged by rumours, of construction workers having been welded between the ships plating during construction. Dogged by numerous unexplainable mechanical faults and repairs, crews started reporting paranormal activity on board while the liberty ship mysteriously dodged U Boat torpedoes as sibling ships abreast took numeerous hits and sinkings.

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Re: The haunted Shipwreck the Alkimos: Geraldton WA
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2017, 05:34:24 PM »
In August 1944 a mysterious murder suicide aboard the world war two merchant ship was hushed up from public knowledge. The ship’s wireless operator, one of the many brave Canadian women in WW2, was fatally wounded by the Norwegian gunnery officer before turning the gun on himself. The secrecy of this event virtually remained as such until the research of this book.

Post war, the 2 year old liberty ship was unarmed and eventually sold to a Greek shipping company. It was again re-named to the Alkimos. For the next 18 years up to 1963, the paranormal activity continued. Various crews continually came and went, many terrified by real ghost sightings and frightening experiences.

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Re: The haunted Shipwreck the Alkimos: Geraldton WA
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2017, 05:40:26 PM »
Researching a little deeper into the story.

In August 1944, a mysterious murder-suicide took place on board the World War II merchant ship when it was stationed in Naples, Italy. Canadian radio operator, Ms Maude Steane, was shot by a Norwegian gunnery officer who then killed himself. Because the incident was so horrific, the incident was hushed up from public knowledge, with the Military saying Steane had been killed by enemy fire. She was classed as the first woman from Toronto to die in service.

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Re: The haunted Shipwreck the Alkimos: Geraldton WA
« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2017, 03:04:33 PM »
Can the spirit of murdered women still haunt the ship?

Can a ship be jinxed or cursed?

Many questions, does the ghost of the murderer still haunt the vessel in remorse?

Was ship the conducting tragic memories inside her hull only manifest them with ghostly occurrences?

Over the years the ocean smashed away most of wreck and little remains above water. Did ghost die with destruction of ship. Or are they cursed to haunt the beach and wreck site.

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Re: The haunted Shipwreck the Alkimos: Geraldton WA
« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2017, 10:36:50 PM »
Here is the TV series extraordinary program on the Alkimos shipwreck ghost nick named "Henry"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJ_U6pvXT0E

I wonder what was the strange moaning caught on tape was?

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