Sure, a creepy old house with a ghost or two banging around inside is nice. But what about a decommissioned naval aircraft carrier ship that serves as a floating home somewhere between thirty
spirits? People, that is hecka haunted. Paranormal types say it's hard to tell exactly how many ghosts are aboard the USS Hornet
, but they're pretty sure they've positively identified the ship's chaplain from WWII, two doctors, a rear admiral, and a slew of ordinary sailors. The ship's haunted history is the subject of a videotaped lecture by the East Bay's very own ghost-hunting expert Loyd Auerbach (professionally known as Professor Paranormal); The Haunting of the USS Hornet
is available from Mindreader.com/Products/
or in the ship's gift shop. The Hornet
certainly has a storied past; it earned nine battle stars during WWII and retrieved the Apollo 11 and 12 astronauts after splashdown. The ship is open to the living every day; admission for adults is $14, students, seniors, and military personnel get in for $12, and admission for youth aged five to seventeen is $6. Nighttime flashlight tours for people over the age of twelve are held once a month for $35, and sleepovers can be arranged for Scout troops and other groups not afraid of things that go bump in the night.