Canal Park's William A. Irvin has been an interesting place for paranormal groups in the Duluth area. There have always been stories about how the ship is haunted and documented stories about who is haunting it.

One of the stories involves the Captain of the Irvin. Some have seen him, some people have seen him many times. You can hear about those stories below. Some people claim there is a woman in a white dress, and some claim a little girl has been seen on the ship.

There is a story of a man named William who died in the boiler room. There are other deaths that have circulated to me but I have no proof of it other than personal experiences in the areas we heard about.

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Most of the time I investigate right after the Haunted Ship tours, but I have been through there in the Summer and early Spring. I had more audio in the spring, but more action after the Summer and around Halloween.

I have many visits and film and audio of some of my visits to investigate. I was even dared to visit the ship by myself, and I did. I documented the visit with a Facebook Live broadcast. Spirits have never scared me because they are people, but they are dead. I have encountered many spirits, some of the former crew members, some of the people that don't belong on the ship, and others have been of stories others have told.

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Having said that, I have come across some evidence in my visits to the Irvin and it isn't evidence that can be explained, but they can't be refuted. A lot of times when I am investigating, I won't use certain evidence because there is doubt or it isn't as strong to make a point that something is there.

Lately, people run into me and ask to see some of it and I show them. Those people have been saying I should share that evidence and some of the pictures, film, and audio. So, here it is.

This was a Duluth Paranormal Investigation. They do the "Shave And A Haircut" knock, the knock gets finished in another area at the very end of the video.

This is one of the maintenance workers on the ship, he told me he has seen a man, who looks like the Captain, but can't be certain. So, I asked him to tell me the story on video.

Here is Alex and John both maintenance on the ship and they hear and see many things. This was a story they shared with the Duluth Paranormal Group.

I had a chance to be on the ship and do some investigating by myself so I jumped at the chance. I decided to broadcast the time I had over Facebook. I was joined by other people who might not have the chance to get on the ship

Here's some interesting Audio. I was in the Boiler Room on the ship and wasn't getting any answers to anything I was asking. So, I took that as the spirits just didn't want to play. So, I asked if they liked me there and they answered. "NO"

I wanted to have someone else operate the camera for me so I brought one of my co-workers Ian (who admitted before he went that he was not a believer. Keep in mind while you listen to the spirits talking about "the captain" it is about Ian, whose nickname is "Captain Redbeard" because he has red hair. The spirits are discussing not touching the captain, then you hear Ian say that he was touched.

Here is some audio of a ghost that doesn't know why we asked the question we asked. At least that's what I hear. He might have been saying an age or a year, all I hear is "Why?"

Now for some of the pictures. Here is the story. Steve and I walked into this room in the front of the ship. We both felt like we were being touched, the room has no lighting, none. We thought we saw a small girl standing in between the beds so we both started taking pictures as fast as we could. This was the only image we got.

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You can see a little ribbon of light. That is where she was standing. I know skeptics say the light was the flash bouncing off of the wall. Here is a control photo we took to check.

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There is not a light ribbon on that picture. We took a few others without that light ribbon.

Then we felt like we were being touched on our ankles under the bed, I took my camera and immediately took a picture. I got this.

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So, I took another and got this.

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Notice on the right of the picture, there is, what appears to be a little foot or something. It wasn't us. I took a control picture and got this regular shot.

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Again, you will notice, it's compelling, but it isn't the best in evidence. So, I keep it because it explains what we felt that night, but it wouldn't be the best evidence to turn over.

When you want you collect evidence you want to prove you may have something, it sounds like something to you, but it isn't necessarily the strongest. These are ones I have held on to and shared with friends.

We also caught what could be a shadow person or just a spirit mass.  The pictures were taken using thermal and then using the negative version because there is no light source in the room, no flash was used on the camera, it's just a dark room, so there should be no reason to have the shadow mass appear.

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This picture was taken because we could hear a noise in the corner, almost a knocking, so I pointed the camera that way as best I could with out knowing where everything was.

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In this picture, I had re-centered and felt for where the bed was and pointed the camera at the wall. Because the room it totally dark with no light source, I was hoping to capture something. I will point out that if this was a heat signature, it would also be around the security lights to the left, they are warm because they are charging.

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In this picture, the mass looks as though it has moved over the headboard from the wall which you see in the last picture. You can also see what looks like someone is sitting on the bed to the left in front of the pillow. I wish I had known to take a picture up close.

I was lucky to tour the whole ship and go wherever we wanted. So, I took a lot of pictures so you can see what it looks like behind the scenes.

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