Ghosts are scary enough for most people, but when one appears wielding an axe on board an old military frigate it is enough to send social media into meltdown.
A photograph showing the spooky apparition peering around a doorway on a decommissioned vessel was posted on Imgur by a dock worker, and has caused quite the stir.
The man, calling himself Stevgoldhound, said: “Last month we came into dry dock to carry out refit and repairs.
“Next to us was an old Military frigate being broken down for scrap.
“Once all the sensitive stuff had been removed, the dock workers were free to go on.
“The dock foreman, ‘John’ went on board first with a camera to take pictures of work areas.
“He later sent all of the pics to his boss, who upon seeing this one, called John straight away asking ‘Who is the guy with the axe at the edge of the camera flash?’
“John had no idea. He never saw anyone.
“Due to the fact that it was a military vessel the police were called.
“A search was carried out but no one was found. There was one way on and off the ship, and that was by a gangway covered by CCTV.”
Another user responded to Stevgoldhound’s request for help cleaning up the image, and adjusted the light levels to reveal an even more haunting picture.
Of course it might be a hoax, but the enhanced image was posted on Reddit, some users suggested another explanation.
“It just looks like an old hobo who was startled that someone was in his home taking pictures so he grabbed an axe and peeked around a corner to see what was up,” said one.
Another added: “If this man had been living on the vessel for any amount of time he knows the floor layout better than a bunch of random cops.
“The ships are huge, you could disappear for a long time in one.”
But Stevgoldhound is not convinced: “I am a sceptic.
“Maybe its a trick of the flash reflecting off something, but if you really zoom in you can just make out the f*****s face, ear, collar of his jacket and the f*****g axe in a meaty f*****g fist.
“Now it could be John blowing smoke up my ass, but when he was telling the story he seemed genuinely rattled.
“And the guy in the pic looks nothing any of the other workers we met at the dock.
“This gave me serious goosebumps. Needless to say, I did not go on board for a look.”