Vice-Admiral Sir George Tryon and his doppelganger
Type of Spiritual Experience
Vice-Admiral Sir George Tryon, KCB (4 January 1832 – 22 June 1893) was a British admiral who died when his flagship HMS Victoria collided with HMS Camperdown during manoeuvres off Tripoli, Lebanon.
On 22 June 1893, the fleet was on exercises when Tryon's flagship, HMS Victoria, sank following a bizarre order from him which brought it in collision with the flagship of his second in command, Rear Admiral Sir Albert Markham. Tryon went down with his ship, his last reported words being "It is all my fault".
Although there was no interaction we have added the possibility that this could have been an OBE prior to death, which was strong enough to have been seen by the guests [approximated numbers]
A description of the experience
This interesting, but unconfirmable story comes from the book by Christina Hole (1950). Haunted England: A Survey of English Ghost-Lore. pp. 21–22.
“A famous Victorian apparition was the supposed appearance of Vice-Admiral Sir George Tryon. He was said to have walked through the drawing room of his family home in Eaton Square, London, looking straight ahead, without exchanging a word to anyone, in front of several guests at a party being given by his wife on 22 June 1893 while he was supposed to be in a ship of the Mediterranean Squadron, manoeuvering off the coast of Syria.
Subsequently, it was reported that he had gone down with his ship, HMS Victoria, the very same night, after it had collided with HMS Camperdown following an unexplained and bizarre order to turn the ship in the direction of the other vessel.”