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SeaLand's Haunted Sunken Ghost Ships
There are many sites that list their own top Haunted Ship lists, some using the same top list as others, but what is it
that makes a Top 10 or 20 list of the world's most Haunted Ship or Ghost Ship List? I say it's a matter of opinion based
on experiences past down from years in the past and sailors stories. However, each one of you reading this may very well
have your own opinion in reading through some of the ones I have chosen here as 'Your' Number 1 or 2 Most Haunted Ship.
You decide!

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The USS Hornet Bay
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Actually there were 8 of the Hornet ships the first one was commissioned in 1775 to fight the British up to the 8 one commissined in 1943 in the middle of the WWII battling in the Pacific against the Japanese all were laden with tradegies. I'll refer everyone to an article in the Naval History Publication that involved a most interesting interview...

In the December 2000 issue of Naval History Magazine, writer Lily MacKenzie interviewed several people associated with the ship, including electrician Derek Lyon-McKeil who described an incident that occurred during fleet week in 1995 when "five or six" volunteers were staying aboard the ship:

"We'd all just bunked down, and we had a rule. No exploring. All of a sudden, I heard this banging noise like someone was opening the hatches who shouldn't have been. Peter Clayton, our supervisor, came charging around, saying, "Okay, who's sneaking around opening hatches?" We realized that everyone in the group was there. As we were all standing there staring at each other, we heard it again. At that point, we were pretty secure. It couldn't have been anyone who'd gotten aboard."

Another member of that same group, Keith LaDue, had another encounter several years later while painting atop a scissor lift.

"I was like at 28 feet, stretched to the maximum. I was up there until about 8:30 at night, and I was by myself on the ship.

I wanted to finish the section I was working on before I left. When I had still about two to three gallons of paint left in my machine, I started hearing voices, aircraft crews talking shop talk, dropping tools, and working on airplanes, talking about the airplanes they were working on, and parts, and home.

I thought, 'Wait a minute, come on guys, I'm almost done for the night. Can you let me finish? Let me get down from here. This is really starting to spook me.' And it stopped."

Now we come to Flying Dutchman
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By now most of you whom have seen the Pirate Jack Sparrow Disney series all know of the legendary ghost ship that can never make port and is doomed to sail the oceans forever. The myth seemingly originated from 17th-century nautical folklore. The oldest extant version dates to the late 18th century. Oh yes, there were actual eyewitness accounts who all claimed to have seen this mythical ship. Sightings in the 19th and 20th centuries reported the ship to be glowing with ghostly light. If hailed by another ship, the crew of the Flying Dutchman will try to send messages to land, or to people long dead. In ocean lore, the sight of this phantom ship is a portent of doom to all sailors who cross it's path..

Haunted Queen Mary
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Ghosts of the Queen Mary pyschic the late Peter James whom I've actually met and worked with on a few investigations of my own in the 90's before he died. Peter was a regular pyschic investigator and one of the more famous ones for both Alcatraz and the Queen Mary.. The stories of the sounds and sightings of the Queen Mary are too numerous to mention, strange voices, shadows passing down empty hallways, steel doors slamming, etc., and it all does lead one to consider that possibly the Queen Mary could be a classic example of 'The Stone Tape' theory.

Mary Celeste, one of Canada's ghostliest legends.
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Now here we go, as many sites, publications and books have listed The Mary Celeste as the one that claims the title of the greatest maritime mystery of all time, but agree or disagree, it is definitely the most documented case of a missing crew. Even to this day the events that lead to the crew of 8 and their 2 passengers apparently vanishing from the edge of the Earth have become a great topic controversy. The story goes that on December 13th, 1872, onlookers witnessed a small 2 masted sailing vessel entering the Bay of Gibraltar. The Mary Celeste had sailed from New York on November 7th, and was bound for Genoa carrying on board a cargo of 1701 barrels of Alcohol. Now before you read on, I know what you're thinking, "oh Rum!", no wonder, they were all drunk, well not so, at least as the stories go. As on the Afternoon of December 5th, Captain Morehouse of the Dei Gratia, a close friend of Captain Briggs of the Celeste, came upon a Brigantine following a parallel course that he recognized as the Mary Celeste. He noticed that the Celeste appeared abandoned but sea worthy or stable. When he boareded the ship, he noticed that the personal belongings and food were all untouched, but he noticed water damage so it was assumed that possibly the crew abandoned due to weather/storm conditions. However further investigations led to the possibility of several options, insurance fraud, piracy, murder, etc. , even possible madness among the crew and paranormal activity, but none of those were proved. Duringr the next 13 years the Mary Celeste changed hands close to 20 times, with several tragic deaths and the last Captain grounded the ship to make a false insurance claim. In 2001, the National Underwater and Maritime Agency claim to have found the wreck of the Mary Celeste, although many skeptics insist that there are hundreds of similar wrecks in the area and cannot validate or determine with any credible degree of certainty that it was actually the Mary Celeste.

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