Wilmington, NC is home to one of the most haunted places in the state, USS North Carolina (BB-55). Come Explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.
The North Carolina was laid down (construction began) on October 27, 1937, at the New York Naval Shipyard and launched on June 13, 1940, as the first of two North Carolina-class fast battleships. Nicknames the “Showboat”, it took part in every major naval offensive in the Pacific Theater of Operations. Miraculously it lost only ten sailors in action while earning 15 battle stars as the most decorated American battleship of World War II.
Decommissioned in 1947, the North Carolina was used for training until 1960 when it nearly became a ghost itself before being purchased by the state (using money raised by schoolchildren in a Save Our Ship campaign) and permanently docked in Wilmington as a war memorial. When purchased by the state (using money raised by schoolchildren in a Save Our Ship campaign), it was permanently docked and serving as a museum at Eagle’s Island in Wilmington, North Carolina.
There are not too many battleships that have been featured as one of the most haunted in the world, but this vessel certainly deserves this crown! The USS North Carolina is also a “showboat” when it comes to ghosts.
Besides the spirits of any of its ten casualties of the war, there is a former sailor is the spirit of a blonde man in uniform who has been seen by many in various passageways, appearing to be just doing his old job – opening closed hatches and turning on lights and electrical appliances to the surprise of people on the boat. This phantom (as well as most of the other strange occurrences) has been witnessed and experienced by Danny Bradshaw, the ship’s security guard for the past 30 years.
There is a spirit that does generate an evil sensation, scaring some of the visitors off of the boat. But fortunately, he's not very active.
Most people will see a lot of shadows, unexplained noises, mysterious voices, feelings of being touched, and other ghostly experiences. Spirits here seem to enjoy causing disruptions in electricity, trying to talk to the living, and even following specific individuals who board the ship. Hatches and doors will open or close on their own. Items on the ship will move by themselves right in front of witnesses. Many feel unexplained cold spots and hear actual disembodied voices and footsteps. Some have even seen a spirit actually peering out of the portholes!
These, of course, could be attributed to being confined in close quarters on an old, empty, and mostly disemboweled ship. But past seasoned ghost hunters have claimed to have recorded the sounds, capturing multiple EVPs (digitally recorded voices of the dead) as well as other hard caught evidence in photos, videos, and personal experiences.
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