What is this event?
The Maritime Ghost Conference is the first paranormal conference focusing primarily on maritime hauntings. It is being done as a fundraising event, with all speakers donating their time and all staffing being done by volunteers.
Where is this event?
Maritime Museum of San Diego
Onboard the Steam Ferry Berkeley
1492 North Harbor Drive San Diego, CA 92101
Who is benefitting from it?
After payment of expenses, all proceeds will be given to the non-profit Maritime Museum of San Diego. And of course, all of those who attend the conference will hopefully benefit from the information that will be presented by the various speakers.
Who is putting it on?
This event is being developed and hosted by the San Diego Ghost and Paranormal Group, the largest paranormal group in the San Diego region, with over 660 members.
Do you mail the tickets or do will call?
Tickets will only be available at a will call table on the pier in front of the Berkeley on the day of the event. PHOTO ID AND CREDIT CARD USED TO MAKE TICKET PURCHASE WILL BE REQUIRED TO PICK UP YOUR TICKET TO THE EVENT, which will get you into the conference area. You should arrive at the will call 15-30 minutes prior to the conference to make sure that you can get processed before the conference starts.
Can I get free or discounted tickets?
Sorry, no. This is a fundraiser and we want to maximize the amount of money raised for the Maritime Museum. Everyone will be expected to pay full price. Only a limited number of seats are available.
What about kids/seniors/non-adult tickets?
All tickets will be “general admission” regardless of the age of the guest. If you are occupying a seat in the viewing area, you will be paying full price. Infants will be allowed in free if they sit in their parent’s lap and do not occupy a general admission seat.
Are kids welcome?
Yes, under the guidelines just mentioned. Everyone is welcome to attend the conference with paid admission. You will have to be at least 16 years of age to participate in one of the paranormal investigations.
Will tickets be available for purchase on the day of the event at the venue?
Yes, although there is no guarantee that there will be any tickets left for either the conference or the investigations on the day of the event. It is recommended that you buy your tickets as soon as they go on sale, as due to the limited amount of seats there is a strong possibility that we may sell out well in advance of the conference.
Will the ticket to the conference serve as admission to the Maritime Museum?
No, your ticket will only get you admission to the upper deck of the Berkeley, where the conference is being held. Should you want to visit the rest of the Berkeley or any of the other ships in the Maritime Museum fleet, you will need to have a ticket to the Maritime Museum itself. Luckily, the Maritime Museum has offered us a discount for those wanting to buy a ticket for their museum, so if you show your MGC ticket you will only pay $10 for admission, as opposed to the $15 normally charged. However, we don’t anticipate that you would have much time to explore the Maritime Museum, as the MGC schedule will be very full that day.
Can I bring my own food/drink?
Yes, we recommend that you do bring your own food and drink to this event. Sack lunches are ideal, or you can bring in to-go items from the nearby restaurants.
Will there be food available at the event?
There will be a limited number of sandwiches and other snacks available from the coffee vendor cart on the bow of the Berkeley. If you would like to reserve a sandwich there, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a delicatessen (Hazelwood’s Bayside Deli) across the street (about 3/4s of a block away), and Anthony’s Seafood Restaurant is a half block away, which also has the Fishette (an outside window where you can order quick lunches/dinners like fish & chips). Finally, there is the Elephant & Castle Restaurant (British pub) at the Holiday Inn (across the street). They should all have food t0-go, so that you can bring your lunch back to the conference and not miss out on any of the presentations.
Will there be vendors at the event?
Yes, there will be a number of vendor’s tables, where the speakers and other approved vendors will be set up.
What will be available at the vendor’s tables?
Some of the speakers will be selling their books or videos, as well as conversing with the conference attendees who are not currently watching a presentation. Other vendor tables will be set up as information tables where you can learn about a few of the different paranormal groups that are involved with this particular conference.
How can I obtain a vendor’s table to sell my paranormal products?
You can email us with your request, but we are reserving the majority of available tables for those that have helped put on the conference or have previously been involved with us in the past.
Who can go on the investigations?
Anyone 16 and older can attend the investigations, with a valid ticket (sold on the MGC website). The investigation tickets are on a first-come first-served basis, as there are only 18 tickets available per ship per night, and they are likely to sell out.
How will the investigations be run?
There will be three teams on each ship, each made up of one guide and six guests per team. We will provide the guide, who will be a professional paranormal investigator, such as Pat Wheelock from “Beyond Investigations”. You will be on the ship for about four hours, and will spend at about an hour investigating each deck. There will be a 15 minute time period in each hour set aside for EVP recording, and during that time no one will be allowed to move around (so that you are not recording the footsteps of another team on the deck above). No equipment will be provided for your use, but the guide will have equipment that you can observe. If you want equipment, please bring your own (meters, audio recorders, cameras, etc. – but nothing too bulky). It is recommended that you at least bring a flashlight, as some areas of the ships are unlit.
What are the rules for the investigations?
- You must be willing to sign a liability waiver to participate in one or more of the nighttime investigations. (Many parts of the ships are dark, so we recommend that you take care when going up and down ladders, and we recommend that you also bring a flashlight.)
- Once you are on the ship, you may not leave the ship until the end of the investigation at 2:30am (no on-and-off privileges). Please don’t sign up unless you are willing to be there the whole time.
- Closed-toed shoes are required. Flip-flops, sandals, etc. are not permitted.
- Anyone showing up in an intoxicated or high state will be denied entrance, with no refund given.
- You will be free to explore the deck that you are on, away from the guide and the rest of the group if you want, but you must stay on your current deck and obey the directions of the guide at all times. You will be rotated through all decks over the course of the evening.
- No smoking on board.
- No Ouija boards allowed.
- No ‘provoking’ of the ghosts/spirits allowed.
- Bad behavior will cause you to be expelled from the investigation with no refund given.
Remember, we are all guests of the Maritime Museum, and we must all abide by their rules.
Can I do two investigations?
Yes, you can do an investigation on both Friday and Saturday nights, either on two different ships, or both on the same ship. You may be limited in your choices unless you get your tickets early, as some investigations will sell out quicker than the others.
Under what circumstances will refunds be given?
Refunds may be issued at our discretion if we are notified at least 48 hours prior to the start of the conference.
What if it rains?
The conference and investigations will continue regardless of weather conditions, so no refunds will be given for weather conditions.
Because the metered parking in front of the museum only allows 2 hour increments, we recommend you park in the pay lot across the street on Ash St. between Harbor Dr. and Pacific Hwy.
Due to the nature of the vintage ships, all guests must be able to traverse stairs to attend the conference on the upper level of the Berkeley. The same applies to those undertaking investigations on either ship. There is no wheelchair or scooter access. Sorry, when these ships were built, current accessibility standards were not in place.
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Can we chat with the speakers and special guests?
Yes, most of the speakers and special guests will be available in the vendor’s area (when not giving a presentation or at lunch), and so should be available to talk with the conference attendees. You can also attend the mixer, where some of the speakers will be available to meet with the attendees.
What are the details on the nighttime mixer?
Details on the mixer are still being finalized, but at this time it will be a no-host bar situation, allowing the attendees to mingle with the speakers and chat with them one-on-one. We will be having members of the Psychic Gym group available to do personal psychic readings for a small fee. The Pat & Brian paranormal radio show will be broadcasting live from the mixer from 7pm to 9pm. We are also looking at having the world premiere of a humorous paranormal video, whose details are still being worked on at the moment…
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