Man thinks he filmed the ghost of Admiral Nelson’s wife on the HMS Victory

A personal trainer with a passion for the paranormal believes this is the ghost of Admiral Nelson’s wife aboard the HMS Victory.

Tony Ferguson claims he felt someone following him as he was exploring the ship last week – so got out his video camera to capture the spook.

He says he didn’t see anything with his naked eye but when he watched the footage back saw the ghostly figure of a woman walk through the upper chamber before disappearing through a wall.

The 33-year-old is convinced it is the ghost of Frances ‘Fanny’ Nelson, who is said to have visited the vice-admiral regularly.

Tony, of Southampton, said: ‘As I panned around the camera picked up this woman in a dress.

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‘I didn’t see anything at all with my own eyes. If I had seen an actual person there I would have put the camera down straight away.

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‘But when I watched the video back later, there she was. She walked straight across the chamber and then disappeared through a solid wall so she must have gone through it.

‘The HMS Victory is known for its hauntings and lots of people have said they’ve seen Admiral Nelson and his wife over the years.

‘The upper chamber would have been an area reserved for the highest ranking officers so it’s where Nelson and his wife would have spent most their time together.

‘It must have been her following me around the ship.

‘I felt so lucky to have captured such clear footage. I’ve had quite a few in my life so they don’t frighten me anymore.’

The HMS Victory, which is more than 250 years old, has been at Portsmouth Historic Dock since 1922.

Tony is convinced that something about his ‘energy’ attracts ghosts as paranormal experiences became more frequent.

Tony said: ‘My grandad’s house was haunted. There was loads of activity there with things flying around and the spirits of a man and girl always visiting so I was constantly surrounded by it.

‘I was intrigued from a very young age. I realised I had this gift where any time I went into a haunted place, spirits would appear.

‘It must be something about my energy that just attracts them. It did used to scare me but I’ve got used to it now.

‘I decided to pursue this gift and picked up paranormal investigation as a hobby.

‘But after a while I decided I wanted to share some of the amazing things I have seen to open other people’s eyes to the paranormal world.’

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