Join Ripley’s Newsletter and get weird news and exclusive offers like 20% OFF Books + Free Shipping when you sign up! One of her tasks was to serve as a floating laboratory for Thomas Edison, who was asked to help create various things to support the war effort. The First Thanksgiving Feast Featured Shellfish, Swan, And No Women, Mount Rainier Hiker Gets Some R&R: Rescue And Resurrection, Unfit For A Princess: The Grimm Fairy Tales, The Cherry Sisters: Vaudeville’s Most Infamous Act, music video of the song, “Papa Don’t Preach.”. Yacht Celt prior to WWI, USS Sachem 1917-1919, USS Phenakite 1942-1945 ... as well as a set piece for a Madonna music video—is moored in a tiny tributary just off of the Ohio River, nearly camouflaged by the woods and mud of a small Kentucky town. According to The Sachem Project website, a place on the Internet devoted to the story of the Ghost Ship, businessman John Rogers Maxwell owned the vessel, which was known as “the toast of the whole New York coastline for nearly a decade.”. In addition, we operate more than 100 attractions in 11 countries around the world. See. It had been in World War II and Thomas Edison had worked on her. The website notes he created upwards of 50 inventions during the time. Turn right onto Lawrenceburg Ferry Rd Offer available only in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico). William Bailey, a 71-year-old New York resident, is a former deckhand-turned-assistant engineer who spent three summers on the ship when it was the Circle Line Sightseer, and he says he has nothing but fond memories of the time. Take exit 11 toward Petersburg This tower-tomb honors a president who only held office for a little over a month but dedicated his life to his country. Note the vessel's paint scheme. That is when the USS Sachem became the place that Thomas Edison worked his magic. Edison used the ship as a place to conduct his experiments on creative ways to destroy the sub threats. Five Incredible Artists That Will Leave Your Mind Blown! See, the Ghost Ship sits on private property, and it’s a good hike to find, away from any sort of paved road, stuck in what looks to be the kind of green-brown murky waters that contain all bits of infestation and nastiness. After the war, the Sachem was sold, then used as a party fishing boat until World War II, when she was commandeered again and renamed the USS Phenakite. EDITORS NOTE: This article is a point-of-view story written by Ripley’s contributor and Believe It or Notcast host, Ryan Clark. I really liked that boat.”, By Ryan Clark, contributor for Ripleys.com and host of Ripley’s Believe It or Notcast. After my three summers I went on to become chief engineer on my boat, but I really liked the Sightseer.”, By the 1980s the ship was essentially left for dead in the New York harbor. Then, in 1985, Cincinnati boat enthusiast Robert “Butch” Miller purchased it, renamed it the Sachem again, and two years later sailed the boat from New York, through the Erie Canal, through the Great Lakes, down the Mississippi River to the Ohio, where he then turned north and made his way home to Kentucky. Like us on Facebook to get the latest on the world's hidden wonders. The cruise line eventually petered out, and the ship that had seen so much became outdated and obsolete. They hoped they could possibly renovate it and create a kind-of floating museum. The Celt, USS Sachem, USS Phenakite, Sightseer, and the Circle Line V. No matter what this ruinous ship was once called, it is now simply the Ghost Ship. I’d like to come down there sometime and see her if I can. This time, the Japanese had done the unthinkable and attacked the U.S. on home soil when a successful surprise attack on Pearl Harbor thrust the U.S. head first into WWII. The forgotten remains of the first steamship that launched on Lake Tanganyika. Continue straight onto KY-20/Petersburg Rd Manned with machine guns and depth charges, the USS Sachem became a secret weapon, but it wasn’t quite enough to keep the enemy at bay, so they turned to a great mind of the time for new innovative answers. The pop music cameo was the final adventure for the eclectic but worn down vessel, and after being navigated down the Mississippi by Miller and his crew, she was anchored on a small tributary of the Ohio River on Miller’s property, never to sail again. And it’s all true. After trying to restore the Sachem, Miller did not have the finances needed to complete the job. The Phenakite patrolled the water of the Florida Keys until she was decommissioned and sold in 1946 to Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises of New York. The USS Sachem, Circle Line, Ghost Ship…whatever you call it, you can tell by these photos that these strange ruins in Kentucky tell quite the story. After being renamed at least six previous times, the Sachem is now simply known as The Ghost Ship, even though there is nothing especially ghostly about it. Christened The Celt, a change of owners led to her second naming, the Sachem. “It makes an impression on you when you know her history and what she did. After being purchased and fixed up by private owner Robert Miller in 1986, the Circle Line V enjoyed one last hurrah when a representative for Madonna spotted the ship and asked if it could be used as part of a backdrop in the singer’s “Papa Don’t Preach” video. After serving in two wars, the ship was once again the Sachem, and sailed away from the conflicts with an American Campaign Medal and two Victory Medals, on from each world war. Those who live around the area know of it, though some have never seen it. And it’s been here since 1988, where it’s stayed, rotting, an ill-fitting end to a glamorous life. It’s completely true that a 175-foot, former New York cruise ship—one that served in two world wars and once doubled as a floating laboratory for Thomas Edison, as well as a set piece for a Madonna music video—is moored in a tiny tributary just off of the Ohio River, nearly camouflaged by the woods and mud of a small Kentucky town. Follow us on social media to add even more wonder to your day. ©2020 Ripley Entertainment Inc. 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