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In the summer of 2014, I remember telling my dad I really wanted to have a father/daughter day. It seems harder and harder to get time together the older we get and well, this girl was missing her papa.

When I told him that, he took a couple days to think about what we should do and he told me he had a surprise for me. He wouldn’t tell me what but did tell me to make sure to wear some boots, clothes that can get dirty, and to have a waterproof bag for my camera stuff.

Now, I was getting excited.

On a hot, muggy summer day he picked me up from my house and we hit the road together. He started to tell me stories about lost history to the city of Cincinnati and proceeded to tell me about the Cincinnati Ghost Ship.

He wasn’t surprised when I told him I’ve known about it myself for a while and have been wanting to go explore and try and find it! Like father like daughter I suppose :] so when I realized that he had pin pointed the location of where it was supposed to be, my excitement levels were getting unreal.

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It’s actually located technically in KY and you’ll find a private road with a trail going off it through the woods. We started to explore through the woods and within 15-20 minutes or so we were able to see the rusty giant in all it’s glory.

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It didn’t take long for us to find a way onto the old ship and to explore around for a while. And of course, we had to take photos of each other.

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This ship is over 100 years old and has gone by a few names over the years. It first set sail back in 1902 from Wilmington, Delaware, originally as a luxury yacht called The Celt, commissioned by a wealthy railroad executive, J. Rogers Maxwell. The ship was over 180-feet-long and steam-powered. During WWI though it was sold and the Celt was renamed USS Sachem, and carried Thomas Edison as a passenger while he conducted government-funded experiments in New York Harbor, when he was head of the Naval Consulting Board.

After WWI the Sachem was sold to Philadelphia banker Roland L. Taylor,and ultimately came into the possession of  a Captain Jacob ‘Jake’ Martin, a Brooklynite who used the ship during the Great Depression as a chartered fishing boat.

Then, in 1941, the ship went back to the Navy and used to train soldiers learning to test sonar equipment in Key West Harbor. It was renamed the USS Phenakite. Eventually it patrolled Long Island Sound and was eventually returned to Captain Martin, after the war.

After various owner-changes and several name changes, the ship then ferried tourists around New York City for over 40 years (under the name Sightseer and then Circle Line V). According to Queen City Discovery the yacht was purchased by Robert Miller, a resident of Lawrenceburg, KY, in the late ‘80s for the rock-bottom price of $7,500 and that’s how it made it’s way to a random creek just 20 miles south of Cincinnati where it will be seen, sadly, rotting away for over 30 years.

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So needless to say this adventure was just what we both needed! And it was incredible to see and learn so much rich history that time is trying to swallow away.

I did put together a video as well of our adventure through the woods. Be sure to check that out and have a watch below:

The Cincinnati Ghost Ship from Brooke Townsend on Vimeo.

‘Til next time y’all


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