The Reverend Ralph Hardy, a retired clergyman from White Rock, British Columbia, took this now-famous photograph in 1966. He had intended merely to photograph the elegant spiral staircase, known as the Tulip Staircase.
The Tulip Staircaseis found in the Queen’s House section of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England. Once developed, the photo revealed a shrouded figure climbing up the staircase, seeming to hold the railing with both hands. Many experts who examined the original negative, including some from Kodak, concluded that the negative had not been tampered with.
It has been said that unexplained figures have been seen on occasion in near the staircase, and unexplained footsteps have often been heard. The 400-year-old building is credited with several other apparitions and phantom footsteps even today.
Recently, a Gallery Assistant was discussing a tea break with two colleagues when he saw one of the doors to the Bridge Room close by itself. He then saw a woman glide across the balcony, and pass through the wall on the west balcony.
Other ghostly activity includes the unexplained chanting of children, the figure of a pale woman frantically mopping blood at the bottom of the Tulip Staircase who had reputedly been thrown from the highest banister, plunging 50 feet to her death, slamming doors, and even tourists being pinched by unseen fingers.