USS Nightmare returns to haunt Ohio River

USS Nightmare will be docking in Newport (Photo: FOX19 NOW/file)
USS Nightmare will be docking in Newport (Photo: FOX19 NOW/file)
Published: Sep. 15, 2021 at 11:00 AM EDT
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NEWPORT, Ky. (WXIX) - The haunted steamboat USS Nightmare is returning to the riverfront Friday after canceling its 2020 season.

The boat, which is docked at Newport, is a resurrection of the 1934 dredge ship named after Captain William Mitchell.

Mitchell’s ship was originally designed to dredge the river, removing debris from the bottom. Some believe an ancient burial ground was disturbed during the dredging and cursed the boat.

It’s been said that Captain Mitchell would collect human bones that were found. He lived on board with his daughter Anna and 60 crew members.

Mitchell and his crew were killed in the disaster known as the “Mitchell Massacre.” Anna’s body was never recovered. Some believe the ship is still haunted.

Tickets are $20 per person for general admission.

Starting Sept. 17, the boat will be open on Fridays and Saturdays with ticket sales from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 29 through Oct. 31, the boat will be open Wednesday through Sunday.

Ticket office hours on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday will be from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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