U.S.S. Yorktown now offering guided ghost tours

By Nikki

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV)Commissioned in 1943, the U.S.S. Yorktown is packed with history, having served in three warsWWII, the Korean War, and Vietnam.

In all that time, 141 men made the ultimate sacrifice while serving on "The Fighting Lady." Some might even argue that a few of those souls still linger there today.

"I've absolutely seen what appeared to be a split second glimpse of a shadow cutting between me and a light fixture," said Brian Parsons, an employee with Patriots Point.

Parsons isn't the only employee who says they've experienced an unexplained phenomenon.

"I was walking down a hangar deck and saw a gentleman dressed completely in black, walked back and the gentleman was gone," said worker, Joe Venezia.

Last January, the show "Ghost Hunters" with the SyFy channel conducted its own paranormal investigation, coming back with enough evidence to deem the place truly haunted.

Now for the first time, tour guides like, Mike Rese, are giving ghost tours of the ship, detailing the show's findings as well as other accounts from visitors and Yorktown staff members.

"People have experienced footsteps, yet never found any one, doors have slammed shut where there was no one there," said Rese. "They've also heard voices almost as if it's voices from the past."

Todd Cummins, executive director, for the Yorktown Association says the tour isn't just all about ghosts.

"We tell the stories of the crew who were on the ship which is historic. It's fascinating, but we also have unexplained that we talk about," said Cummins.

The 90-minute guided tour will also walk visitors through a haunted, historical journey where they will hear about the heroic sacrifices and the spirits that have been reported to haunt the U.S.S. Yorktown.

"We hold the men who served and died aboard the U.S.S. Yorktown in the highest esteem and we would never, ever do anything to respect their service," said Patriots Point Executive Director Mac Burdette. "Over the years, we have received many requests for this tour and we are excited to finally offer this opportunity for our visitors. We're sure it will be a memorable and though-provoking experience."

Ticket prices are $25 for anyone 12-years-of-age and older. Parking is free and the tours will be offered year round.