A Louisiana man claims he saw a ghost aboard the carrier-turned-museum ship USS Lexington, but is it really all that uncommon?
A visitor to the ship -which is docked in Corpus Christi, Texas- took photos of what he believes was a ghost, reflected in the glass of an exhibit.
“That was like something that was there. There was something on the glass,” tourist Will Smith said of the ghastly apparition. “Or maybe like a vapor or something that was making that reflection. Or there was something behind it. There’s nothing there. That’s a clear figure.”
Smith’s father served aboard the Lexington while he was among the living, and was reported to have died last November.
The Lexington is notorious for being haunted, with museum staff regularly looking into reports of sightings and other strange happenings.
“Mostly they’re unaccounted for voices or footsteps or doors closing. The normal. Very seldom do we get a sighting,” tour guide Bill Miller told KIIITV. “I’m not here to dispute his claim. I believe he feels very valid in his claim.”
One story was recounted by Museum Director and former Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi Commander Steve Banta, where a “ghost” had escorted lost tourists.
“They got separated from their tour group and they’re down below, and a very nice gentleman in period costume helped them find their way back onto the route,” Banta said. “And the thing is, we don’t have volunteers in those areas that are wearing period costumes.”
For Smith, he wants to believe that what he saw was the real deal- and for very personal reasons.
“The main ghost they talk about, his name is Charlie on the ship. My dad’s name was Charlie,” Smith said. “”Seeing that my dad just passed away and served on the Lexington, that would be pretty awesome if that was him.”
The Lexington’s history is steeped in poignant tales of death: originally to be named Cabot, “Lady Lex” got her permanent name after news came in that a carrier of the same name had been sunk in the 1942 Battle of the Coral Sea. Her namesake ship was only recently re-discovered in March of 2018.
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