A Liverpool born investigator of the supernatural claims the city’s landmark Adelphi Hotel has the most ghosts in Britain. Tom Slemen investigates supernatural presences and claims to have witnessed the appearance of the Titanic’s captain while giving a speech in the establishment’s Sefton Suite.
The author continued by saying that witnesses had reported quite a few unexplained presences and happenings in the current Adelphi building and the one on the Ranelagh Street site before it. Elucidating on his ghostly experience in the Sefton, Mr Slemen noted that the room was packed and many people had to stand.
He said he saw three men in naval officers’ uniforms standing at one end of the room before they vanished into thin air. He said other people in the room had seen the ghostly trio and this was confirmed by a collective gasp of amazement as they vanished.
The author added that one of the Adelphi’s staff told him the ghosts were the Titanic’s captain, Edward Smith, and two senior officers. He finished off by saying that he didn’t know at the time of the sighting that when the Adelphi was rebuilt in 1912 the Sefton Suite was an accurate copy of the ill-fated vessel’s smoking room for first–class passengers.
Britannia Hotels owns the Adelphi and a company spokesperson said he believed the ghost stories although he had never personally seen one. He continued by saying that there had been several eerie occurrences over the years.
As well as glimpses of the Titanic trio, staff claimed they had seen a woman in a Victorian-era dress breezing through the cellar. In another incident, people reported seeing a person hanging from a window. Investigations later revealed that this same window was locked tightly.