Sunday, December 4, 2011

Most Haunted Ships

The Queen Mary, Long Beach, California:
Construction began in December 1930 on the River Clyde by the John Brown & Company Shipbuilding and Engineering shipyard at Clydebank in Scotland. Work was halted in December 1931 due to the Great Depression and Cunard applied to the British Government for a loan to complete the ship. The loan was granted, with enough money to complete Queen Mary and to build a running mate, Queen Elizabeth. One condition of the loan was that Cunard would merge with the White Star Line, which was Cunard's chief British rival at the time.
    Queen Mary sailed on her maiden voyage on May 27, 1936 and captured the Blue Riband in August of that year; she lost the title to the SS Normandie in 1937 and recaptured it in 1938. With the outbreak of World War II, she was converted into a troopship and ferried Allied soldiers for the duration of the war. Following the war, Queen Mary was refitted for passenger service and along with the Queen Elizabeth commenced the two ship transatlantic passenger service that the two ships were initially built for.
    After several years of decreased profits the Queen Mary was officially retired from service in 1967. The ship left Southhampton for the last time on October 31 1967 and sailed to the port of Long Beach California, United States, where she remains permanently moored. The ship now serves as a tourist attraction featuring restaurants, a museum, and hotel. The ship is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
    Reports of hearing children crying in the nursery room, used as the third-class playroom, and a mysterious splash noise in the drained first-class swimming pool are cited. In 1966, 18-year-old engineer John Pedder was crushed by a watertight door in the engine room during a fire drill, and his ghost is said to haunt the ship. One of the most haunted spots of the ship is Cabin B340, which is no longer let out due to the extreme paranormal activity, believed to be the result of the murder of an 8 year old girl. There is also said to be the spirit of a young girl named Jackie Korin who drowned in the second class pool and continues to haunt the first class pool room on board the ship. A young woman by the name of Sarah was said to have been murdered in the first class women's change rooms by an unknown man and haunts the first class pool with Jackie. Some visitors say they have seen women wearing early 1930s bathing suits in the pool areas. It is also said that men screaming and the sound of metal crushing against metal can be heard below decks at the extreme front end of the bow. Those who have heard this believe it to be the screams of the sailors aboard HMS Curacoa at the moment the light cruiser was split in half by the liner.

The USS Lexington, Christi Texas:
Also known as "The Blue Ghost", is one of 24 Essex class aircraft carriers built during World War II for the United States Navy. The ship, the fifth US Navy ship to bear the name, is named in honor of the Revolutionary War Battle of Lexington. She originally to have been named Cabot, but she was renamed while under construction to commemorate USS Lexington (CV-2), lost in the Battle of the Coral Sea in May 1942.
    The ship was laid on July 15 1941, and launched on September 23 1942.
    Like many of her sister ships, Lexington was decommissioned shortly after the end of the war, but was modernized and reactivated in the early 1950's, being reclassified as an attack carrier, and then an antisubmarine carrier. She spent most of her time, nearly 30 years, on the east coast as a training carrier.
    She was decommissioned in 1991, remaining active longer than any other Essex class ship, and was donated for use as a musuem ship in Corpus Christi, Texas.
    The Lexington was given the nickname "The Blue Ghost" by the Japanese. Part of the reason for the nickname the "Blue Ghost" was the fact that Lexington was painted dark blue, and was the only carrier not to wear camouflage. This aspect was used to demoralize the Japanese, as they could not sink Lexington since she was so heavily defended. The "Ghost" portion of the nickname comes from the fact that the Japanese believed that they had sunk the Lexington no less than four times during the course of the war, leading Tokyo Rose to give the ship its nickname.
    The USS Lexington is said to be very haunted, here are just a few things.
   Several soldiers have been killed on this boat. The most massive amount of death that occurred at once happened when an actual plane crashed into the ship. Many individuals have claimed that they have seen an apparition on the ship that appears to be a man from the Second World War era. When individuals see this apparition, they find that it quickly seems to fade out.
    Several residual hauntings are said to occur on the ship. Residual hauntings are like an energy. Many individuals claim that they hear voices, screams, and even cries. In some instances, people have indicated that they have heard noises that sound similar to distant weapons being fired while onboard the USS Lexington.
    At one point, a storm occurred in the area where this haunted ship is stationed, and an employee stated that he could hear screams. As lightening flashed across the sky, he was able to capture a visual of several men running across the sky, he was able to capture a visual of several men running across the deck area.
    In certain areas of the USS Lexington, such as in the switch room, many individuals have felt a high level of discomfort. In some cases, these individuals have fallen ill.
    In the engine room on the USS Lexington, many individuals have indicated that they have heard screams. These screams are both of men and women. This is the room that was hit the hardest when the Japanese plane wrecked into the hauntted ship. A great number of people died in this room when this tragic accident occurred.

The Delta Queen, Mississippi River:
Is an American sternwheel steamboat that is a U.S. National Historic Landmark. Historically, she has been used for cruising the major rivers that constitute the drainage of the Mississippi River, particularly in the American south. As of June 2009, she is docked in Chattanooga, Tennessee and has been converted into a hotel. It is possible that she will come back on the rivers.
    On February 11, 2009, the Delta Queen arrived in Chattanooga, Tennessee to become a floating boutique hotel, as it was feard the vessel could be vandalized if it remained in New Orleans. She's now docked at Coolidge Park Landing on Chattanooga's North Shore. The Delta Queen Hotel officially opened for overnight gueste on June 5, 2009, offering dining, a lounge, lived period music and theatrical performances.
    The river boat is said to be haunted by the ghost of Mary B. Greene, however many people dubb her "Ma Greene" during her life she took care of the Delta Queen and made sure it was a family friendly place.

The USS Constellation, Baltimore Maryland:
Construction began in 1854 is a sloop of war and the second United States Navy ship to carry this famous name. According to the US Naval Registry the original frigate was disassembled on June 25 1853 in Gosport Navy Yard in Norfolk, Virginia, and the sloop of war was constructed in the same yard, possibly with a few recycled materials from the old frigate. USS Constellation is the last sail only warship designed and built by the U.S. Navy. Despite being a single gundeck "sloop", she is actually larger than her frigate namesake, and more powerfully armed with fewer but much more potent shell firing guns. 
    The sloop was launched on August 26 1854 and commissioned on July 28 1855 with Captain Charles H. Bell in command. 
    From 1855-1858 Constellation performed largely diplomatic duties as part of the US Mediterranean Squadron. 
    She was a flagship of the USN African Squadron from 1859-1861. In this period she disrupted the African slave trade by interdicting three slave ships and releasing the imprisoned Africans. 
    After the Civil War Constellation saw various duties such as carrying famine relief stores to Ireland and exhibits to the Paris Exposition Universelle. She also spent a number of years as a receiving ship (floating naval barracks). 
    After being used as a practice ship for Naval Academy midshipmen. Constellation became a training ship in 1894 for the Naval Training Center in Newport, Rhode Island where she helped train more than 60,000 recruits during World War I.
    Decommissioned in 1933, Constellation was recommissioned as a national symbol in 1940 by President Franklin Roosevelt; by this time the ship had become widely confused with her famous predecessor of 1797. She spent much of the Second World War as relief. 
    It is said the this ship is indeed haunted by the spirits of its past.
    One of the spirits that apparently haunt this massive ship is a captain by the name of Thomas Truxtun. It is said that this particular spirit actually appears in the form of a human. There was a caretaker once that was actually guided through a detailed tour of the ship. This caretaker thanked officials of the ship for the tour, and commented on how helpful the tour guide was. Naturally, these officials were quite surprised as no particular tour guide was on the ship the night that the caretaker claimed to have had a tour. It is believed that this particular spirit is that of captain Truxtun.
    The next spirit that seems to haunt the water vessel is that which appears to be a teenage boy. This particular boy looks too young to have served as a soldier, but many who have seen him believe that he may have served as what was called a "powder Boy" on the USS Constellation. This is the boy that would carry gunpowder to the soldiers that were in battle. It is believed that one of these boys, in the 1800's was murdered on the ship. In some instances , individuals can hear what appears to be a young boy screaming and struggling for his life. In other instances, an actual apparition of a boy. 
    Several spirits are said to linger among the USS Constellation. This is because of the fact that many different seamen died aboard this massive ship. These individuals died while protecting their country, the Constitution, each other, and themselves. Today, many people visit the ship to pay their respects to the individuals that served on this ship.

The USS Hornet, Alameda California:
Is a United States Navy aircraft carrier of the Essex class.
    Construction started in August 1942; she was originally named USS Kearsarge, but was renamed in honor of the USS Hornet (CV-8), which was lost in October 1942, becoming the eigth ship to bear the name.
    Hornet was commissioned in November 1943, and after three months of training joined the U.S. forces in the Pacific War. She played a major part in the Pacific battles of World War II, and also took part in Operation Magic Carpet, returning troops back to the U.S. Following World War II, she served in the Korean War, Vietnam War, and also played a part in the Apollo Program, recovering astronauts as they returned from the moon. 
    Hornet was finally decommissioned in 1970. She was eventually designated a National Historic Landmark, and in 1998 she opened to the public as the USS Hornet Museum in Alameda, Californa.
    The USS Hornet quickly became one of the most highly decorated ships in the Navy. She destroyed 1,410 Japanese aircrafts and destroyed or damaged 1,269,710 tons of enemy shipping. She supported nearly every Pacific amphibious landing after March 1944 and struck the critical first hits in sinking the super battleship Yamato. Her pilots are also credited with the first strikes against Tokyo since the 1942 doolittle Raid. During the cold war the Hornet had the honor of recovering astronauts from both the Apollo 11 and 12 missions. 
    Her impressive record did not come without cost. An aircraft carrier, in times of war or peace, is a dangerous place. Sailors have walked into aircraft's spinning props, been sucked into their air intakes, and blown off deck by their exhaust. Dropped ordnance has exploded, burning and maiming sailors. Snapping flight arrest cables are known to have decapitated at least three men on the USS Hornet. All told, in her 27 years of active service, more than 300 people lost their lives aboard ship. The majority claimed during combat, still others from suicide. The USS Hornet has the dubious honor for having the highest suicide rate in the Navy. 
    The Hornet is said to be one of the most haunted warships in the American Navy, with numerous reports of supernatural events occurring onboard.
    Examples of these real ghost stories include those in which tools that individuals were using simply vanished with no trace whatsoever. Many have witnessed various objects onboard the massive ship being moved from one location to another. Doors that are extremely heavy and take some real work to manipulate have strangely opened and closed with no assistance from any type of physical source. Many apparitions that are dressed in soldier attire have been witnessed working among the living in the ship, as if they were still alive. In addition to this, many have felt as if they have been touched and/or grabbed by an unknown presence in the ship. In some cases, it seemed as if they were pushed, and then realized that there was no one there. 

The USS North Carolina, Wilmington, North Carolina:
Was the lead ship of her class of battleship and the fourth in the United States Navy to be named in honor of this U.S. state. She was the first new construction U.S. battleship to enter service during World War II, participating in every major naval offensive in the Pacific theater to become the most decorated U.S. battleship of the war with 12 battle stars. She is now a museum ship at the port of Wilmington, North Carolina.
    Despite all of the wars that this beautiful ship endured, there were only about ten individuals who lost their lives. It is believed that most of these individuals passed over successfully after dying, but that one spirit still remains. 
    The spirit that has been seen on the USS North Carolina is a young male who has blonde hair. This wandering soul is often seen in the passageways aboard the massive vessel. There also seems to be another spirit lingering around, but this is not confirmed. The true ghost stories of the ship always seem to be related to the blonde spirit that is often seen. This spirit seems to enjoy causing disruptions in electricity, trying to talk to the living, and even following certain individuals aboard the ship.  



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