The Chaleur Phantom Ghost Ship – Haunted New Brunswick Database

Location: Chaleur Bay, New Brunswick, Canada
Type: three-masted ship
Built: n/a

For hundreds of years, there have been numerous reports of people seeing the apparition of a “three-masted, fully-rigged schooner” a few miles off the shoreline of Bay Chaleur (a.k.a. “Baie des Chaleurs”). This ghost ship is known as ‘The Chaleur Phantom”.

‘The Chaleur Phantom” has been reported to be sighted in both summer and winter, and often precedes a storm. The majority of sightings indicate that the ship is on fire. Some who have seen the ship up close say they have seen people burning on the deck. And the ship disappears if you get too close to it.

Some dismiss the reports saying that the sightings of the “fire” could be caused by flammable gas from an underwater seam that litters nearby Miscou Island ‘s beaches with lumps of coal made from petroleum. And that the ship is just an illusion. However, this standpoint is questionable because the “ship” (or fire source) moves away from boats when trying to chase up to it. But perhaps that is just an illusion too.

Others say it is simply the work of St.Elmo’s fire, however, there is a lot of doubt to this theory as it does not completely fit the description.

Another theory is that it is a form of luminous sea life, but biologists have discounted this because it has been also sighted when the water is frozen.

So, which ship is this? Many have speculated, but nobody can be certain yet. There are four schools of thought as to which ship this is. The most popular is that the phantom ship is the Spanish ship that kidnapped some Natives, and that when the ship returned the Natives burned it down out of revenge. Others say that the phantom ship was the ship that had settlers on it and was set on fire by the British army. The third theory is that this could be the pirate ship that was chased up the Bay by a “man of war” and was set ablaze killing all on board. Yet others say that this was a war ship set afire by bursting shells during the war of 1812.

Also interesting about this case is that reports indicate that in 1937, and also in 1965, the phantom ship was reportedly seen in the Northumberland Strait. Is this the same ship as the infamous Phantom Ship of the Northumberland Strait? Click here.

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Phantom Ship of Northumberland Strait – Haunted Nova Scotia Database

Location: Northumberland Strait, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Type: three-masted ship
Built: n/a

NOTE: Michelle McKay, the founder of Cold Spot Paranormal Research, has a special interest in this ghost ship. Her grandmother saw it in Nova Scotia, she will add her testimony to this page shortly. 

This phantom ship has been a very popular sighting along the Northumberland Strait ever since 1786. The Northumberland Strait flows through Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick.

Descriptions of the ghost ship vary, but most agree that the ship is a three-masted square rigger with “burning flames leaping from the mast”.

The ship has also been sighted during the winter when the Strait is completely frozen over.

Some believe that Jean Pierre de Roma watched the burning ship from Brudenell Point and that he concluded that it was indeed a ghost ship and that the ship most likely belonged to pirates at one time…

Although nobody knows for certain who the ship belonged to or which ship it was, some say it belonged to an English Admiral. After looting the Roma settlement, he ordered his crew to take the prettiest girl they could find. Once they captured the girl and destroyed the settlement, the crew moved to the outskirts of Georgetown and anchored the vessel at Boughton Island. Supposedly, the Admiral attempted to seduce the frightened young women, and a struggle ensued. A lamp was knocked over spilling oil on the floor causing a huge fire. The crew cut the ship away from the other two ships it was tied up beside. Eventually, the ship floated away and sank off the coast of Pictou Island and the image of the burning ship is that of the English warship.

Also see the Chaleur Bay ghost ship in New Brunswick which might be the same ship.


“It was October of 2005. I was almost 15 years old.

We had a family vacation in PEI coming up and were staying in Pictou, Nova Scotia before boarding the ferry. I vividly recall the moon rising over the calm waters of the Northumberland Strait. It was about 10 to 11 at night.

I was outside taking in the chilly, fresh sea air cutting through the winds when I noticed something in the distance. I’ve always loved ships since I was a young boy and have been fascinated in the sinkings of World War I and II ships, as well as the Olympic Class Sisters, The Olympic, Titanic, and Britannic.

I saw a beautiful three-masted schooner coming in, as one would put “hot” or fast, for those who don’t know what that means. I ran back in to get my grandfather’s binoculars. He came out with me and I pointed out the ship in the distance; the unfurled sails taking in the winds, though there was nary a breeze blowing.

I peered through the binoculars, watching helplessly as the ship suddenly caught ablaze. My grandfather, who stood in awe, watched with me. He knew what it was; the stories he had heard while he was serving in the Royal Canadian Navy.

Time seemed to slow down as some others in the hotel we were staying at witnessed it. Some believed they were dreaming, others didn’t know what to make of it. Some called Emergency services to report a ship on fire in the Strait.

Before we knew it, 45 minutes had passed and she went down by the head, vanishing from sight without a trace. I vividly remember the winds suddenly picking up, blowing hard across the land and sea.

It’s been 12 years now and this is the first time I’ve opened up about it. After confirming from multiple friends who lived there that they too have seen it. I dismissed it as a dream for a long time but always heard whispers on the winds about it from mariners here in Halifax.

I’ve always had a paranormal sense. I’ve seen ghosts across the fields of Flanders, the old battlefields of World War I and II, in houses abandoned, and of family and friends in my own.

But the fact I witnessed the legendary ghost ship of the Northumberland strait still baffles me to this day.”

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True Ghost Story: She Was Watching Me

Location: Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

The following report was sent into our website by Christelle on April 4, 2013:

“I was working one night at my job doing housekeeping. One night when the building was closed, I’ve got night shifts, my supervisor told me my co-worker was sick and I had to clean up the woman’s bathrooms. I didn’t think much because I love cleaning the bathrooms, but staying alone in the building I’ve notice an eerie feeling. I would feel heavy, sick and somehow I would always see from the corner of my eye, a man walking by wearing a grey suit. I would always think it was my imagination and that since I haven’t worked night shifts in a long time, that I was possibly hallucinating. That night was different. Cleaning one of the stalls, I walked out of one and turning into the next, bending to clean the next toilet, I could see from the corner of my eye what looks like a woman peeking her head down looking at what I was doing. Her features weren’t as clear, but all I could “see” was that she had long or possible medium length black hair (stall could of possibly covered most of her hair, and she was pale!). When I looked back up she was gone. I shook it off and went through the night like nothing happened.

A few days later, and more unwanted feeling of heaviness later, my co-workers and I were talking and the subject of ghost came up. My co-worker (in which I replaced that night) told me how 3 years ago when the land was being cleared away for the building (in which I work in), the construction workers and contractors found the corpse of a woman. I got scared and asked if they knew who that woman was. Nobody knows to this day who that was.

People say that they see a woman walking from stall to stall, possibly where she was found, and that she travels to the hotel on the 4th floor. I’ll admit I’m now super scare to work where I’m at, but as of now I’ll be a little on my guard when I walk in those bathrooms.”

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True Ghost Story: The Red Room

Location: Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada

The following report was sent into our website by Taylor on Feb 20, 2013:

“My grandmother lives in an old 10 bedroom house from the turn of the century (early 1900’s), and I’m unclear as to whether or not anyone has died there. But I have seen the same apparition on a couple different occasions in the house.

There is a room on the second floor which my cousins and I call the ‘red room’ because before we were born my grandparents had bright red carpeting put in the room. When we were kids the room wasn’t slept in, it was only used for storage but we loved to play in there. When I was a teenager the room got cleaned out and we started sleeping in it while we were there. One night my cousin and I were sleeping in the room and I woke up in a panic. And for some reason even though it was summer I was cold. And when I sat up in bed I saw in the corner, sitting on a pile of boxes, what I thought was another cousin of mine who was staying there with us but sleeping in another room. I was wondering why he was just sitting there watching us sleep. So I said his name and asked him what he was doing. He never answered so I repeated his name louder, thinking maybe he’d fallen asleep there. My cousin who was sleeping beside me woke up then, and also started to say his name. Suddenly he got up and walked across the room into the closet. Thinking he was playing a prank, we got out of bed and flicked on the light. We were both terrified when we checked the closet and he wasn’t in there.

Again a few years later my grandma had taken on some boarders who were renting the rooms that weren’t being used. So I rented the ‘red room’ and for privacy’s sake I would lock my door at night. The same thing as before happened. I awoke with a gasp and shot upright in bed. The room was cold (it was winter this time though, so not unusual), seeing the same figure who I’d again thought was my male cousin. Since I’d fallen asleep rather early while watching a movie it wasn’t impossible that I’d forgotten to lock my door and he’d come in. I called out to him but he did the same thing, said nothing, just walked across the room and into the closet. Because I had told him about what my cousin and I had seen a few years earlier I thought maybe he was pranking me. So I got up and turned on the
light. Nothing in the closet except my clothes. I was really freaked out so I went to go downstairs, but my door had been locked the whole time!

I’m 21 now and still don’t feel right sleeping in that room.”

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True Ghost Story: Nobody Was At The Door

Location: Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

The following report was sent into our website by Hilarie on May 14, 2012:

“Last Saturday I arrived to my apartment after a nice day away with my family. My boyfriend wasn’t home and was with his family, so I was home alone. I took advantage of this and did my girly things, like paint my nails. I then decided to have a shower. While I was in the shower I just put conditioner in my hair when the water turned off suddenly. I immediately got out of the shower and left the bathroom, I was frightened. I walked in to the kitchen area and just kind of stood there, listening. I felt like I was being watched but all the blinds were closed. I walked over to the fridge to grab a drink of water to calm myself.

There was a knock at the door. Which was odd as I live in an apartment over someone’s garage. The landlords were not home either. And the only way to knock on the inside door would be to get in through the outside door, which was locked.

I was startled and just in a towel with conditioner in my hair. I went to answer the door. I opened the door and no one was there. And the outside door was still locked. As I went to shut my door and lock it the shower turned back on again. Full blast and scalding hot… I could see the steam coming out of the bathroom.

I grabbed my phone and called my mother. Conveniently she lives just down the road. She came over so I could finish my shower without being afraid.

I don’t know what happened? I am scared it was a ghost playing tricks on me. I asked my landlord if something was wrong with the water, or if they knocked on the door. They answered no to both. I just recently moved here too, about 3 weeks ago.”

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True Ghost Story: Was That Real Enough For You?

Location: Moncton, New BrunswickCanada

The following report was sent into our website by Nick on Feb 1, 2011:

“Since we first moved into this house in 2009 I’ve had a weird feeling like I was being watched. Eventually I started to get a little paranoid. Until one day I got fed up and decided to challenge this entity to show itself or do something to prove it was real and not just my imagination. About an hour after stating my challenge and nothing happening I decided to go to sleep. No sooner did I lay down did my head start to hurt a lot and soon the pain spread throughout my body. I remember not having control of my own limbs and somehow wandered into my mother’s room where I got a look in the mirror. I was shaking and pale as death itself. Not only that but there was another person’s reflection over mine. Now this is where it gets weird, all of a sudden I was back to normal and went back to my room. When I got there the entity who’s reflection I saw over mine was standing in the middle of the room. He simply looked at me and said “was that real enough for you?” softly laughed to him self then vanished. I can still feel his presence and weird stuff still goes on, but I’ll never challenge an entity again.”

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