The Osnaburg Bar

The Osnaburg Bar has a history of floating shadows and unexplained sounds. Under my direction, as the the founding member of Scottish Paranormal, the team travelled north to find out, what was happening in the Osnaburg Bar.

Whistles, bumps, thuds and unexplained noises were evident but no conclusion was reached on the source.

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The Tay Bridge Disaster

At approximately 7:15 p.m, on the stormy night of the 28th December 1879, the central navigation spans of the Tay bridge collapsed into the Firth of Tay at Dundee, taking with them a train, 6 carriages and 75 souls to their fate.

At the time, a gale estimated at Beaufort force 10/11 was blowing down the Tay estuary at right angles to the bridge. The collapse of the bridge, only opened 19 months and passed safe by the Board of Trade, sent shock waves through the Victorian engineering profession and general public.

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RRS Discovery

RRS Discovery was the last traditional wooden three-masted ship to be built in Britain. Designed for Antarctic research, she was launched as a Royal Research Ship (RRS) in 1901. Her first mission was the British National Antarctic Expedition, carrying Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton on their first, successful journey to the Antarctic, known as the Discovery Expedition.

She is now the centrepiece of visitor attraction in her home, Dundee.

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HMS Frigate Unicorn

HMS Unicorn and her near-sister ship, HMS Trincomalee, are surviving sailing frigates of the successful Leda class.

Listed as part of the National Historic Fleet, Core Collection, The Frigate Unicorn is now a museum ship in Dundee, Scotland.

HMS Unicorn was built in peacetime at Chatham Dockyard, Kent and launched in 1824. Her lack of active duty left her timbers well preserved, and in the 1960s steps were initiated to convert her to a museum ship.

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The Osnaburg Bar

The Osnaburg Bar has a history of floating shadows and unexplained sounds.

As highlighted in a feature by retired journalist Laurie Rogers, these have been attributed to the spirit of a chimney sweep who died in the flat above.

And the spirits did not let down the members of Scottish Paranormal who monitored the bar with cameras and audio recorders, from midnight to 2.30am.

The group’s medium Bryan Boyle took on the persona of several old customers at the bar.

At one point, a loud thump—which couldn’t be explained—was heard and electronic recording equipment placed in the cellar picked up two voices.

Jim Cunningham, from the group, said, “We are going through all the tape and will be writing up a report of our findings.
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