Posts Tagged ‘lost’

The name sounds like a fantasy town, unfortunately a town that is no longer there it having been in Ohio, USA. It was a mining community and little remains except for a few foundations, cemetery and an old rail-road tunnel that is the subject of numerous ghost stories.

It was never a big town with a peak population of around 100, the area was fairly isolated in the woods and walking the rail-road tracks was dangerous. One trestle was over Raccoon Creek, 50 metres from the tunnel and by 1920 five or six people had lost their lives.

The decline in use meant that the last family left in 1947, the town was then fully abandoned. By the 1960’s the buildings were gone. In 1981 a signal on the Moonville rail-track was erected, in 1985 the last train took that route in August and the tracks were removed. It is still possible to access that area but there only the abandoned area of the lines.

There is a ghost that appears in the tunnel and swings a lantern, attempting to stop trains that are no longer running. The other ghost walks the tracks near Moonville on the other side of the tunnel. 

B+O Engineers on the line would tell the each other about the ghostly lantern. Sometime in the 1920’s a group of men, some miners, were drinking and playing cards in a shack nearby. Full of moonshine and frivolity one inebriated chap wandered off with a lantern I hand off down the tracks. A train came from the other side and too drunk to think about backing up he waved the lantern, hoping to stop the train most likely. He was hit and killed and buried in the local cemetery, since then his aimlessly wandering ghost has been witnessed.

Another story is about a headless conductor but the details given seem less widely known than the lantern carrier. There are several accounts around a decapitated man who walks the tracks, often with a lantern, so I suspect this might just be an elaboration on the original tale.

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The Odessa Catacombs, which are indeed mines not catacombs, are located in Odessa, Ukraine and attract extreme tourists, despite the number of warnings, they stretch around 2,500 kilometres and are larger and longer than those or Rome and Paris. The labyrinth of tunnels is largely unknown and unmapped, as such only a small percentage are opened via the Museum of Partisan Glory.

The tunnels materials were good for cheap construction, during World War II the tunnels served as a hiding grounds for Soviet Partisans and in 1961 the Poisk Club was created in order to explore the tunnels to map them, in keeping with the old tradition there’s really no maps by others instead clues and symbols on the walls are used to traverse them. The tunnels continued to be mined for the rich resource of limestone and so kept expanding.

The catacombs hit the news because another explorer found the remains of a body. In 2007 an urban explorer, Eugene, made a morbid discovery of a corpse of a 19-year old women. She had been at a New Years Eve party, 2005 and they had been partying there all night. At some point the woman was separated from the group and when they left the next morning they were unaware that she had not left as well. This young lady died alone, lost and probably from things like dehydration due to not having supplies and maybe even intoxicated to a high degree.

Coroners findings say that she had spent three days dehydrating before she came to the end of her life. Her name from sources around the internet suggest she was known as Masha. On other sites her name is listed as Mariya and it’s been a lot of internet trawling to try and work out more information. Eugene did not tell the police her location, nor did other explorers and she was around 5km away from the area, eventually the police located her because she was was shown in location and they managed to get her out and this is sometimes where the story lines get blurred.

She is not the only person to have been found there, there have been older mummified corpses found and the cold air and dry conditions lead to good preservation. There have also been old World War II era rifles and grenades. In 2015 two teenagers went missing but from what little I could find I worked out they were rescued.

So I couldn’t find her surname or if she is Masha or Mariya, I guess her name has been lost amongst various media reports and outlets. If you can confirm her name I would like to be able to put that to this article.

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By Полищук Денис Анатольевич – Own work, CC BY 2.5, Link

Continuing with my love of mystery ships that I enjoy reading about it another one that I have discovered as a great tale. It appears to be a fictional tale but I am not ignoring it entirely due to the age and the interesting tale that comes with it.

She was found trapped in ice to the west of Greenland, by the whaler ship Herald, on 11th October 1775. Five men boarded the vessel and found the crew of 28 dead below, frozen and almost perfectly preserved. They found the captain in his chair, pen in hand and with the log book open on the desk. In the cabin was also the body of a woman, a boy that was covered over with a blanket and a sailor with a tinderbox. (Tinderboxes contain a flint, steel and a fibrous material). They took the log before they left but were not willing to keep searching around her.

They checked the log to find the last entry made was 11th November 1762, meaning that she had been lost in the Arctic for 13 years. The log was so frozen that it slipped from the binding leaving only the first and last few pages remaining in it.  The crew had died of exposure, something unsurprising given the nature of the place they had gone and most likely the lack of preparation for those harsh conditions.

Supposedly she left England for the Orient, 1761 and the captain took a gamble to go through the Northwest Passage to shorten the journey, instead trapping her in the nice north of Alaska. It seems she made the voyage later on without the crew, so was the first to cross the Northwest Passage posthumously. When the crew of the whaling ship later tried to relocate her they were unable to do so.

For gamer information nuts and Assassins Creed lovers, in Assassins Creed 3 there is a part where Connor (main character) goes aboard the ship looking for clues to the whereabouts of Captain Kidd’s treasure.

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Chenzhuang Village, Nankou in Changping District has an unfinished amusement part, it is about 20 miles away from Beijing. It was going to be a massive project by Thailand based property developer Reignwood Group. in 1998 however, the construction stopped following financial problems with local officials. A further attempt was made in 2008 but again it also failed.

The site had a number of structures there such as a castle, medieval outbuilding etc and people had reported that there were still parking attendants there, this was presumably to keep an eye on the onlookers and curiosity seekers.

In May 2013, the site was finally razed. There will be no finished project for the amusement park and instead where it once lay there is a strong chance there will now be a supermarket, however the last information suggests they are going through the planning formalities.

Now if this writer were to create any legends for those urban seekers I’d probably go with the following:

  1. The park can be seen reappearing once every xx years and reports have even suggested lights and working rides.
  2. The Parking Attendants were actually secret officials and it was never meant to be an amusement park, instead it was briefly used for a secret testing facility underground.

What would you make for  a story here?

Credit for the picture: “Wonderland Park near Beijing” by Tormod Sandtorv – http://www.flickr.com/photos/tormods/7416462642/. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wonderland_Park_near_Beijing.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Wonderland_Park_near_Beijing.jpg

 

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Two former radio amateurs gave 50 years worth of interest (and still ongoing) for space conspiracy enthusiasts. In the 1960’s they claimed they had recording that showed the Soviet Space program covered up the deaths of Cosmonauts. These claims have met with rebuttals and the interests continues but that’s why I think it’s a great one for this blog.

They claimed to have monitored transmissions from the Soviet Sputnik program and Explorer 1. They said this included other recordings, like the sounds of a lost cosmonaut who was dying. 28th November 1960, one of those was also an SOS signal that was moving away from the Earth’s orbit and their information was picked up by a Swiss-Italian radio station who took them on as their space experts.

They also made a further claim that they had heard of a female cosmonaut yelling “I am hot” amongst other parts of that transmission. They stated that this was the sounds of her transmitting before she burnt up.

In total they had released nine recordings over a course of years:

  • May 1960, a manned spacecraft reporting its going off course.
  • 28th November 1960 the faint sounds of an SOS transmission as a spacecraft left orbit.
  • February 1961, the recorded sounds of a cosmonaut suffocating.
  • April 1961, capsule recorded orbiting Earth three times before it entered Earth’s atmosphere and this was days before Yuri Gagarin took flight.
  • October 1961, a cosmonaut looses control of his ship and goes into deep space.
  • November 1962, a capsule misjudges re-entry bouncing off the Earth’s atmosphere it then goes out into space.
  • November 1963, a female cosmonaut dies during re-entry.
  • April 1964, another cosmonaut killed when their capsule burns up in the Earth’s atmosphere.

People that have analysed this have stated they are dubious that certain protocol appears to have been ignored during those transmissions, for instance that the cosmonauts had not identified themselves during those transmissions. You could of course argue that burning up in space is a pretty good reason to forget this right?

There seem to be a lot of grammatical errors, or errors in sentence construction when it was generally accepted that the Soviet’s would only use highly trained and educated native speakers but again you could argue that panic would ensue and even the most articulate of people are going to loose that.

The technology the Soviet’s were using may well have been sending dogs into space but there is no suggestion they had enough technology to be putting a manned craft out of the orbit by that stage.

Another factor that was given to consideration, and perhaps this is the one that might convince me – with all the other countries listening into the space race and monitoring these transmissions why hadn’t the professionals found them too? The other countries would have little to no reason to avoid giving up that information as they were all in the race so-to-speak. So why did it fall to two amateur radio enthusiasts who self-taught themselves to get such potentially controversial details out into the public?

I also listened to a brilliant podcast and presentation by Brian Dunning, Skeptoid about this and felt it was a great tale for the blog.