Ghost ships

USS Hornet

The 8th ship to be named the USS Hornet was commissioned in 1943 at the height of the war in the Pacific.  The ship quickly became one of the most decorated ships in the Navy.  However, her impressive record do not come without a cost.

In 27 years of service, more than 300 people lost their lives aboard the ship.  Many were claimed by combat during WWII, some claimed by shipboard accidents, and some succumbed to suicide.  In fact, the USS Hornet had the highest suicide rate in the Navy.

Many strange occurrences have been documented by both the crew and visitors.  Doors open and close by themselves, tools disappear only to show up after an exhaustive search.  Objects have been seen moving across the floor or falling off shelves for no reason.  The image of sailors have been seen carrying out their orders from another time and people have reported being grabbed or pushed when no one is around. 

One night, a group of volunteers was staying aboard the ship.  After bunking down, they heard a banging noise like someone opening the hatches.  Upon checking the volunteers, the supervisor discovered everyone was accounted for, and no one else could have been able to board the ship.  Another encounter happened while a volunteer was busy painting in the late evening.  He heard voices, tools dropping and people working on aircraft.