Af­ter dark, ghost hunters search World War II-era Cavalla sub­ma­rine

Ripon Bulletin - - On The Road -

GALVE­STON, Texas (AP) — The USS Cavalla has been at­tract­ing a new kind of vis­i­tor: ghost hunters.

Af­ter hours, when all the other visi­tors have left, para­nor­mal in­ves­ti­ga­tors have been set­ting up to record video and use other equip­ment to ex­plore the sub­ma­rine for ac­tiv­ity that might be con­sid­ered ghostly.

The ghost hunters were at work on a re­cent evening, but that wasn’t the first time para­nor­mal in­ves­ti­ga­tions had used the mu­seum as a hunt­ing ground, the Galve­ston County Daily News re­ported. The mu­seum in turn uses the video images in ad­ver­tis­ing for a Halloween event it hosts ev­ery year, said Aubrey Fla­herty, as­sis­tant cu­ra­tor at the Galve­ston Naval Mu­seum.

But re­ac­tion to the in­ves­ti­ga­tions, which have taken over the World War II-era sub­ma­rine for two week­ends this month, has been mixed, Fla­herty said.

Some peo­ple find it dis­re­spect­ful to veter­ans and a mock­ery of the ships and their his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance, she said. But the mu­seum’s staff mem­bers, some of whom are veter­ans of war, don’t see it that way, Fla­herty said.

The mu­seum, which man­ages the Cavalla and the USS Ste­wart dis­played at Sea­wolf Park on Pel­i­can Is­land, is will­ing to try dif­fer­ent things to draw traf­fic to its his­tor­i­cal attractions, she said.

An­nette Lue­vano of Texas Ghostly Gath­er­ings has vis­ited the Cavalla three times with small groups look­ing for ev­i­dence of para­nor­mal ac­tiv­ity. The groups set up equip­ment to test vi­bra­tions and the tem­per­a­ture, along with shoot­ing video to ob­serve ac­tiv­ity, she said.

She claims they’ve iden­ti­fied some­thing each time. Dra­matic drops in tem­per­a­ture, in­creased ki­netic en­ergy and un­ex­pected sounds, like that of a dog bark­ing, Lue­vano said. On a re­cent visit this month, the group was sure they’d seen a spirit, a shadow of a per­son play­ing check­ers, she said.

Most things are sub­tler, she said.

“It’s not go­ing to be like on TV where things are mov­ing and there are loud voices,” Lue­vano said. “It’s not nearly as glam­orous as peo­ple might think.”

Fla­herty has never ex­pe­ri­enced any­thing she con­sid­ers para­nor­mal — and that’s OK with her, she said.

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