Visiting the Ghost Ship

Cincinnati Paddlers (Cincy Paddlers) makes an annual after Halloween pilgrimage to the remains of our area’s own “Ghost Ship”.  Most recently the Circle Line V, the ship has a storied history which includes service in two world wars, serving as an anti sub warfare experiment platform for Thomas Edison, a tour boat, and a cameo appearance in a Madonna music video before ending up rusting and forgotten in a creek near St. Petersburg KY.

Here’s Queen City Discovery’s post on the ship with awesome details on it’s history.

For the Paddlers, the trip is supposed to be Halloween-esq and some paddlers arrived in costumes and decorated their boats.  We of course also had to partake of an after paddle visit to the nearby Skyline…

We launched at Tanner’s creek, near Lawrenceburg, IN and paddled across the Ohio and upriver a bit to the creek.  It was about a 4 mile paddle, round trip.

As you might imagine, I grabbed a picture or two….

I also got some video, but I’ll add that in another post.

LST 325

LST 325 made it’s way upriver toward Pittsburgh recently on it’s annual cruise.  This amazing ship was designed to land tanks on beaches, and participated among others, in the invasion of Normandy in WWII.  The ship was decommissioned, spent some time under a Greek flag, was decommissioned again and then was acquired by a group of veterans.  After some work, she was returned to the US and now is docked in Evanston IL and is open for tours.  On her annual cruise, she visits other freshwater ports and is available for tours there.

She was quite the sight to see as I chased her upriver from the campsite on the waverunner to get some pictures!

You can visit the website for the LST 325 here!

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