USS Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington, NC. – Aug. 20th 2010

Tara and daughter with Ghost Hunters International cast members

My daughter and I recently attended an official paranormal investigation with Syfy Channel’s Ghost Hunters International (GHI). That evening we boarded this massive ship and stayed overnight, participating in a live investigation alongside the cast and crew of the television series! We were pleased to meet GHI cast members like Paul Bradford, Donna Lacroix, and Brandy Green. I documented the experience and made the photos I have available on my Facebook account. I hope you enjoy the pictures!

The USS North Carolina is a haunted battleship that lost 10 men in battle during World War 2. Five men died when the ship was torpedoed September 1942. Another three were killed by friendly fire in April 1945. The remaining two died in separate incidents.


Today, the USS North Carolina is still haunted by at least two of the dead sailors. One is good but one is evil. One likes to rattle things, cut off the lights, slam the doors, move things around in the room. The other is cold and much more wicked. When he is near, the temperature in the room drops and you can see your own breath. He has chased people and even yelled at them.

A ghostly young blond man has been seen in the passageways. Another spirit peers out of portholes occasionally. One has even hitched a ride with an unsuspecting guest.

Hatches and doors open or close themselves, televisions and lights turn themselves off or on. Things move by themselves in front of witnesses. And they don’t hesitate to make themselves known by talking and even yelling. And of course there are cold spots, footsteps and other eerie experiences.

One night, a watchman was fixing a power box below deck when he felt a gust of cold air and a hand on his shoulder. He spun around and shone his flashlight but there was nothing there. He heard footsteps walking away.

He jerked the beam of light around the room. There were empty tables and benches. In the open hatch nearby stood a sailor with blond hair so fair it looked white. The light from the flashlight passed right through him. When the night watchman screamed, the ghostly sailor turned his head and disappeared.

It may go months or even years between experiences. Several experiences may happen in a short amount of time. But when the ghosts of this battleship become active they certainly appear to make themselves heard very loud and clear.


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