But it continues to sit here in Petersburg, becoming a part of the folklore of the area. Most know nothing of its history, war service, or celebrity status. ©2020 Ripley Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved |, Two Pardoned Turkeys Relocate To The Magic Kingdom, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade By The Numbers, Making Moves With Mose, The Two-Legged Dog, Thanksgiving Dinner With Rebecca The Holiday Raccoon. The forgotten remains of the first steamship that launched on Lake Tanganyika. President William Henry Harrison's Monument and Tomb. 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. The ruins of the USS Sachem provide one of the best stories in Kentucky and it's likely it will go on floating there, continuing to deteriorate, but always maintaining its legendary status. 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. The vessel was once again returned after the war ended, never to be used in battle again. Sign up for our Newsletter and get weird news and exclusive offers to Ripley's, delivered straight to your inbox! Five Incredible Artists That Will Leave Your Mind Blown! With new, shiny armaments, sonar equipment and a fancy new name, the USS Phenakite was once again rented by the Navy to guard the home front from the dastardly U-boats. Abandoned in Petersburg, Kentucky, off of Lawrenceburg Ferry Road in 1987, the ship that is now a favorite destination for kayakers was once an award winning navy ship that served proudly during both world wars. 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. 13:55. Alas, these goals haven’t been reached yet. The final resting place of soldiers who fell during the First and Second World Wars. 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. The Sachem became the USS Sachem when war erupted and the Navy acquired the small, speedy vessel to combat the German U-boats and countless submarines wreaking havoc on British-American supply lines. 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. It served as a backdrop in a Madonna video… From vampires in New Orleans to Skunk Apes in South Florida, Ryan has seen it all on his many Notcast adventures. Like Atlas Obscura and get our latest and greatest stories in your Facebook feed. The Sachem in 1949 after being renamed as Sightseer. Destination will be on the left. A small wall and marker are all that remain of this historic canal tunnel. Take exit 11 toward Petersburg Edison used the ship as a place to conduct his experiments on creative ways to destroy the sub threats. Consider supporting our work by becoming a member for as little as $5 a month. It’s the Ghost Ship of northern Kentucky. After trying to restore the Sachem, Miller did not have the finances needed to complete the job. Merge onto KY-8 W/Idlewild Bypass W 186 ft. of opulent yacht, the steam powered ship was a toy for the rich. The Celt, USS Sachem, USS Phenakite, Sightseer, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Phenakite. 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. That is when the USS Sachem became the place that Thomas Edison worked his magic. It took him a very Biblical 40 days, (and presumably, 40 nights) to make the 2,600-mile trip. Offer subject to change without notice. Note the vessel's paint scheme. Winner will be selected at random on 12/01/2020. Continue straight onto KY-20/Petersburg Rd Follow us on Twitter to get the latest on the world's hidden wonders. 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. Her next life was as a fishing vessel in New York, but that quiet, recreational incarnation didn’t last long, as the Sachem was once again called into duty. A 70,000-square-foot institution dedicated to a very literal, creationist perspective on the Book of Genesis. PETERSBURG, Ky. — No one would believe this story if it weren’t true. Launched in 1902, the ship was originally intended as a luxury ride for a railroad mogul. But it still became a bit of a celebrity when it was featured in the opening scenes of Madonna’s music video of the song, “Papa Don’t Preach.”. And it’s all true. So how did this celebrity vessel end up forgotten in the murky depths of the Ohio River? 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. To learn more or withdraw consent, please visit our cookie policy. Motogami2 1,982 views. These pages were made by a group of locals, maritime historians, ex-crew members and enthusiasts, seeking to preserve the memories conveyed by the Celt / Sachem / USS Sachem / USS Phenakite / Sightseer / Circle Line V, by researching her past and building her future, with a major restoration project.