Apparition…or similar dreams?

Bound from Liverpool to New York in 1863, The City of Limerick ran into a fierce North Atlantic storm. For over a week it raged and, at home, fears grew for the lives of those who were on board.

At last, the storm showed signs of beginning to abate and one of the passengers, Mr Wilmot was able to enjoy a night’s sleep. He had a strange dream.

In his dream, he saw his wife, wearing her night clothes and entering his state room. She was initially hesitant when she realized that it was a shared cabin and that another man was staring at her from the bunk set above and slightly back from her husband’s. Then she went to her husband’s bedside, kissed him and departed.

Wilmot awake, only to find a man above staring at him. The man, a Mr Tait, was shocked that Wilmot should have had a lady visit him in such a way. He described Mrs Wilmot’s actions exactly as they had occurred in Wilmot’s dream, down to the last detail!

Upon returning home, his wife surprised him by asking if he’d had a visit from her the week before. She described how at the height of her anxiety, at four o’clock one morning, she had felt she was going to seek him.

THE WIFE’S DREAM

She had apparently crossed the dark, raging sea and come to a ship. Having gone aboard, she had walked down below decks at the stern of the ship and found her husband’s state-room.

“Tell me”, she asked him, “do they ever have state-rooms like the one I saw, where the upper berth extends further back from the lower one? A man was in the upper berth, looking right at me, and for a moment, I was reluctant to go in, but soon I went to the side of your berth, bent down and kissed you, and embraced you, and then went away.”

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