Ghosts of the USS Yorktown: The Phantoms of Patriots Point

Ghosts of the USS Yorktown: The Phantoms of Patriots Point


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More than four decades after the great aircraft carrier U.S.S. Yorktown last served her country, the ghosts of battle are still heard and felt onboard.

Staff members and visitors claim to have experienced disembodied voices, uniformed apparitions, shadowy masses and other unexplainable occurrences since the "Fighting Lady" first docked at Patriots Point. Join local author, investigator and "ghostorian" Bruce Orr as he examines the history, haunting and heritage of the National Historic Landmark and home of Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609497811
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 10/09/2012
Series: Haunted America
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 499,640
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Bruce Orr was raised in the Lowcountry of South Carolina and grew up hunting and fishing the plantations of Berkeley County with his father and brothers. As he grew into an adult, a natural curiosity in seeking the facts brought him into law enforcement, where he eventually became a detective and a supervisor within his agency's Criminal Investigative Division. Now retired, he uses the skills he obtained in his career to research the legends and lore that he grew up with. After his first book in 2010, he developed a company called Lost in Legend in order to research, record and preserve the folklore and legends of the South Carolina Lowcountry, and the history behind them, for future generations.

Table of Contents

Preface 13

Acknowledgements 17

Introduction 19

I The History

Yorktown: A Name of Honor

The Battle of Yorktown: 1781 25

The First USS Yorktown: 1839 30

USS Yorktown (PG-1) 31

USS Yorktown (CV-5) 32

USS Yorktown (CV-10) 42

USS Yorktown (CG-48) 55

II The Hauntings

As In Life So Also In Death: A Dedication to Duty

An Apparition in Khaki 56

Not Enough Cookies? 64

The Phantom Lights of the USGGC Comanche (WPG-76) 67

The Charleston Naval Shipyard Museum: The Invisible Tourist 78

The Charleston Naval Shipyard Museum: The Shadowy Intruder 81

Shadow People: "Shadow Ed" 83

Shadow Ed: One Visitor's Encounter 85

Just Around the Corner 86

Rude Awakening 88

Dressing the Part 89

A Family Connection 92

The Weapons Locker 94

The Haunted Head 95

An Eerie Presence 98

Haunted by Heroes 100

Happenings in the Hangar Deck 102

Cat and Mouse 103

Rick and the Captain 104

III The Heritage

Patriotism, Pride, Preservation and Patriots Point

Patriots Point 107

The USS Clamagore (SS-342): The Last of Her Kind 108

The USS Laffey (DD-724): The Ship That Would Not Die 112

The Medal of Honor Museum 114

Conclusion 117

Bibliography 121

About the Author 125

About the Photographer 126

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