The Ghost Ship of the Ohio River tells a tale almost too good to be true. And ironically, the story begins in my hometown of Wilmington, DE; where the 186 foot long luxury yacht was built in 1902 at the old Pusey and Jones shipyard. She has been known by many names: Celt, USS Sachem, USS Phenakite, Sightseer, and lastly Circle Line V.
There have been many owners, one of which was the U.S. Navy, which assigned her to Thomas Edison for conducting ocean communication experiments in the Carribbean during WW1. She was recommissioned again during WW2 and armed to patrol for U-Boats in Florida.
After the wars, she returned to the northeast and became a sightseeing boat in New York along the Hudson. Outfitted to carry 500 passengers at a time, it's estimated that 2.9 million New York tourists boarded her over 40 years.
She even made a brief cameo during Madonna's "Papa Don't Preach" music video!
So how did she come to rest in a tributary along the Ohio River just outside of Cincinnati? I implore you to read more about this fantastic tale:
And please share this bizarre story with your friends as a tribute to the history of this boat. May one day she be restored to her former luxurious beauty.
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