Sunday, July 6, 2014

Vacation Part 4: U.K. James and U.S.S. Constellation - Lower Decks and Ghosts!

Squinting in the 100F heat!
This is part four of our regional tour for our friend James. This is the second part of exploring the U.S.S Constitution ship that is docked in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. In this blog we take you to the bottom decks of the ship where there was some ghostly activity!

REMINDER: WHAT IS THE U.S.S. CONSTELLATION?  - The oldest sailing ship in existence that has been rebuilt. Well, we learned that the bottom two levels of the ship were pretty intact, but the top two decks had to be mostly rebuilt.  The ship was originally built at the Sterrett Shipyard, Baltimore, Md., and launched on September 7, 1797.

Captain's quarters
This is the dining area in the rear of the ship.

THE RESTORATION AND THE ANNIVERSARY! - The ship was literally wearing out and the top two decks really had to be re-built. The bottom two levels, however, remained pretty well intact, although the bottom of the boat was apparently not sea worthy, so boards were re-fitted and planks were glued together to make it waterproof. It turns out that we were visiting on the 15th Anniversary of the day the U.S.S. Constellation came back into the port of Baltimore's Inner Harbor (it was returned on July 2, 1999).

BELOW DECKS  - The third level had the hammocks where the crew slept, and they stretched from front to back of the ship. It was eerie looking!
  In the back of the ship was the Wardroom. According to Wikipedia, the wardroom is the mess-cabin of naval commissioned officers above the rank of midshipman.
   It provides a place of recreation as well as being a dining room. Usually, a galley or scullery adjoins the wardroom. Service is provided by stewards. There is usually a bar, where drinks can be purchased.
 Around the perimeter of the Wardroom were bedrooms /cabins for all of the commanding officers and the chaplain.

Because I can sense ghosts and spirits- I can also sense areas where there was a LOT of emotional energy. I didn't  know what room I was walking into when I entered the Wardroom.  
Wardroom sign
   What's strange is that as I stepped through the doorway I felt the air was HEAVY inside the Wardroom. So, I stepped back into the main room where the hammocks were and the air was lighter (there was no air conditioning in the ship, and it was 100F outside). So, to test this feeling I stood at the doorway between rooms and went back and forth about 6 or 7 times. It was still heavy in the Wardroom and light in the main room.
  WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?  - It means that there was a lot of STRESS in the Wardroom. A lot of high emotional energy happened there. As I learned who resided in the room it made perfect sense. That's the room where all of the important decisions pertaining to the ship would usually happen!  So, the commander's emotions left an "energy thumbprint" in the room that I sensed.

Rob outside the creepy surgeon's room
Surgeon's Room

THE SURGEON'S ROOM AND GHOSTLY SICKNESS - This was located in the bow (front) of the ship. James said it felt claustrophobic, and I did NOT feel good in there. Obviously people were very ill - upstairs on deck 2, before I reached this deck I did get a feeling of flu-like symptoms and learned that there were outbreaks of Yellow Fever and Typhoid Fever.  There were also a lot of bottles of medications on display.
This is the hold on deck 4 (bottom)
James walking through the hold
HUNCHED OVER IN THE HOLD - Since James is 6 feet 2 inches, the Hold, or the bottom (4th) deck was not his favorite place to walk around!  He had to hunch over. Of course, for the most part, I could walk upright (I'm 5'6").   The hold is also where the brig (jail) was located - at the back of the ship.

That concludes our tour of the U.S.S. Constellation!


Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next