Located right across the river in Newport, Ky, sits the USS Nightmare, a floating haunted house. Just being a creepy old ship, and a haunted attraction, make it worth mentioning on this site, but many of the employees there claim that it actually IS haunted. There have been claims of strange noises, shadow figures, props being turned on by themselves, and many of the workers feel they are being watched when no one else is around.
The USS Nightmare started out as the William S. Mitchell, an Army Corps of Engineers’ steam powered dredge. If you follow the link HERE to a history of the ship on the Nightmare’s webpage, you will find it tells of many deaths and other odd events back in the early days. However, when speaking to the current ‘Captain’, he states that while he can’t say for sure that no one ever died aboard the ship, there is no documentation saying that anyone actually did either.
The William S. Mitchell does have one claim to fame. In 1993, under flood conditions, it broke free of it’s moorings, floating down the Missouri river, hitting several bridges as it went. No one was aboard at the time, but the incident became known as ‘The Massacre on the Mitchell”. Pretty much trashed after it’s journey, it would have wound up in the scrap yard, but instead found new life as The USS Nightmare.
Haunted or not, it’s still a creepy, beat up old ship that doubles as a haunted house, so it’s worth checking out. A few paranormal groups in the area have ‘Investigated’ it, with varying results, but all claim to have experienced something or other. Check out their website HERE.