‘Ghost hunters’ look into haunt­ing of USS North Carolina

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - News - BY MARK PRICE [email protected]­lot­teob­server.com Mark Price: 704-358-5245, @markprice_obs

A trio of na­tion­ally known “para­nor­mal in­ves­ti­ga­tors” in­tended to spend part of Satur­day night aboard the USS North Carolina in Wilm­ing­ton, in hope of prov­ing the 80year-old bat­tle­ship is home to the spir­its of one or more dead sailors.

Pro­fes­sional “ghost hunters” Steve Gon­salves, Chris Smith and Mike Gon­calves will start their in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter dark Satur­day (about 9 p.m.) and con­tinue un­til 1:30 a.m. Sun­day, ac­cord­ing to a sched­ule re­leased on the Ghost Hunt Week­ends site.

A crowd of peo­ple who bought tick­ets to watch will fol­low them from com­part­ment to com­part­ment.

All three men are con­sid­ered celebri­ties in the ghost hunt­ing world, thanks to their roles on shows like the Syfy Chan­nel’s “Ghost Hunters,” and Des­ti­na­tion Amer­ica’s “Ghost Asy­lum” and “Haunted Towns.”

The USS North Carolina was com­mis­sioned in 1941 and “par­tic­i­pated in ev­ery ma­jor naval of­fen­sive in the Pa­cific area of oper- ations” dur­ing World War II, ac­cord­ing to Bat­tle­shipNC.com. The ship lost 10 sailors in bat­tle and sur­vived be­ing struck by a Ja­panese tor­pedo in 1942, says the site.

Now a float­ing mu­seum, the bat­tle­ship “con­tin­ues to fas­ci­nate para­nor­mal in­ves­ti­ga­tors” due to re­ports of haunted oc­cur­rences dat­ing back decades, says the web site Haunt­edRooms.com. The site lists the ship among the most haunted places in North Carolina.

“Records show that dur­ing the sec­ond world war, a soldier died in the bat­tle­ship’s wash­room dur­ing a tor­pedo strike,” says the site. “He is one of the ghosts that is now said to haunt the USS North Carolina. How­ever, he is by no means alone.”

Ghost Hunts USA re­ports sight­ings have in­cluded “full-bod­ied ap­pari­tions” in pas­sage­ways.

Vis­i­tors have also ex­pe­ri­enced “peo­ple be­ing touched, ob­jects be­ing thrown, dis­em­bod­ied voices, run­ning (and) foot­steps,” re­ports Ghost Hunts USA.

ROBERT WIL­LETT rwil­[email protected]­sob­server.com

Is the bat­tle­ship USS North Carolina haunted? Ghost hunters are in­ves­ti­gat­ing this week­end.

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