Thursday, January 13, 2011
The Ghosts of Antarctica
There are many ghost stories lingering in the frigid cold of this continent. Ross Island is one of the many icy islands that surrounds Antarctica and is considered a continuation of the continent. McMurdo Station is a United States base on Ross island. One visitor to this base, commented that as soon as she entered the base, she knew something was wrong. She could feel the wrongness in her toes. She isn't the only one who feels this wrongness, because Ross Island is considered by many to be thick with ghosts. In 1979, an Air New Zealand flight crashed into Ross Island killing 257 people. The plane crashed into Mount Erebus. Those who visit Ross Island have described ghostly encounters of all sorts. Visitors to the base have heard ghostly footsteps and voices in the lonely darkness. The ghosts of the victims wander this island.
Scott's Hut at Cape Evans is also said to be haunted and visitors there have also said to have had paranormal encounters. During the winter of 1911, 25 men of the Terra Nova shore party lived in the hut. From here Scott and his men set out on their deadly journey to the South Pole. One visitor commented that just stepping into the hut made him feel uneasy. The ghosts of the ill fated explorers are still said to linger there, leaving an uncomfortable feeling behind them. This hut is now abandoned, but the ghosts remain. There is a cross nearby the hut. This cross was built in memory of the three members of Shackleton's Ross Sea Party who died not to far from the hut. It is possible that these ghosts haunt the hut as well. The Hut seemed to call to ill fated explorers and the images of this hut serve as a reminder of all who have died trying to conquer this brutal continent.