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USS Alabama BB-60

Mobile, Indiana
By Robin Wright

The USS Alabama, also known as the “Mighty A”, has found its final resting place in Mobile Bay. Ask some of the visitors of this military attraction and they will tell you that other entities have also found their eternal place in Mobile Bay as well. Since the 680-foot ship was brought home to its namesake in 1965, many have described experiences that make this unique attraction definitely original.

The Alabama’s first two deaths were of men who were in the Norfolk shipyard as she was under construction. She was finished in 1942 and served 37 months without any fatalities due to enemy fire. As for death under friendly fire, however, there were 8 deaths on gun mount #5 when gun mount #9 fired upon them. It seems that the safety feature that was supposed to prevent the turrets from firing upon each other had failed. Grisly descriptions of the destroyed turret included mention of bits of flesh and bone splattered on the turret’s inside. The men were completely obliterated; the only thing left of the unfortunate gun commander was his boots.

Many have heard mysterious footsteps coming towards them, only to find no one there. Apparitions have been reported in the cooks’ galley and the officers’ quarters. The crewmen who died still seem to be stationed at the turret where they drew their last breaths. Late at night, bulkheads fill with popping and tapping noises, and the solid steel hatches will slam shut by themselves. Some have felt as if they were being watched, or sensed an aura of sadness about the ship. One woman who was walking by the sleeping quarters claims to have had her earring snatched from her ear.

It is the official stance of the battleship that the Mighty A is not haunted. They state that no one who works there has ever seen or heard anything that was out of the ordinary. In a written statement to the paranormal team Ghost Hunters Of The South, who tried unsuccessfully to investigate the ship, the park says that of the 160,000 people who have stayed the night in the ship, not one has come to them and mentioned any odd sightings. The only acknowledgment towards otherworldly beings is the story that an angel protected a small child that was lost during a visit of the ship.

Because the memorial park that the USS Alabama resides is open to the public, one can actually go and see for themselves if this ship is haunted. Staying the night, however, is not an option unless you are an employee or part of a youth group. During your visit, remember to nod your thanks to the men on turret #5. Just in case.

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anthony marley says:

August 11, 2009, 4:24 pm

My husband has seen things on this ship that he nos that the people do not like that have died there. Yes my husband believes your ship is haunted .I hope you get this.Can call him at 704-7711

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kay says:

October 12, 2009, 3:51 pm

When I was younger, I heard footsteps and laughing men on the ship. This has been about 6 years ago when 8 now im 14 and it was beautiful ship and I havent been in since then so, hopefully (if you enjoy this type of thing) you can visit it and it BE PROVEN that im not lying.

Rusty says:

October 21, 2009, 2:20 pm

The ship is in Mobile, Alabama not Mobile, Indiana. It’s a beautiful part of history but of all the times I’ve been on it I’ve never seen anything unusual. You should go and decide for yourself.

Lauren says:

December 2, 2009, 11:41 pm

Maybe you should talk to the security guards that stay overnight on the ship. They will be able to tell you what you would like to know.

Jessica Penot says:

December 31, 2009, 4:28 pm

My husband and sons spent the night on this ship this summer for a cubscout camping trip. Of course, it is virtually impossible to sort out creepy noises when there are 100 screaming little boys around you, but boys were the last below decks for bed and my son has always said he saw a barefooted ghost wandering the decks by one of the guns.

Jessica says:

December 31, 2009, 4:32 pm

I think my husband got a picture of an orb by the guns when my sons were playing on the ship at night for their cubscout campout. If you want to see the picture go to ghoststoriesandhauntedplaces.blogspot.com.

Donna says:

February 8, 2010, 7:59 pm

In 1991 I took my children to visit the ship. We were having a wonderful time exploring the ship and trying to imagine being at sea. My husband decided to climb up stairs leading to the navigation area. He and my son went first, my daughter and I behind. My daughter and I became very dizzy and sick. We both had to come back down. I thought it was strange that as soon as we came down we felt fine. I wonder if anyone else has had a similar experience?

Jesse says:

April 5, 2010, 11:16 pm

Yeah, I went there today at the day, and I didn’t see ghosts, but I did here footsteps, it was a little weird, and I felt scared in some places.

Mindi says:

May 11, 2010, 11:00 am

I took my husband and step kids there during spring break. I took many pictures and did not get anything on camera, BUT when we were down in the engine room, I felt chills like someone was touching the back of my neck. When we were in the “jail cell” area of the ship, I felt dizzy and swear I heard someone whisper, “get out”. My husband wanted me to come down and have my picutre taken in one of the cells, but I absolutely had to leave as I didn’t feel welcome there. When in the medical area of the ship, I felt a bit uneasy and dizzy as if something were there, but I am chalking that up to a residual type haunt that happens at that spot on the ship. We have pictures of the kids by the turrets and my husband said that when I took the picture, he nearly fell out of the seat, like someone was puching him out of the way…. just weird…

Clint says:

June 4, 2010, 2:08 am

i live ten minutes away from the battleship and the kitchen use to be blocked off and one night i spent the night with my cub scout pack and while me and my friends were walking around the ship a pan fell and no the ship doesnt rock it just fell there is something there i know it

Geri says:

June 26, 2010, 5:09 pm

I am the woman who had her earring snatched from my ear and it is a very true story. As I was stepping out of the officers sleeping quarters near the front of the ship, my earring was snatched from my ear. Because it was a diamond, I wanted to search for it. When we located it, it was in a corner approximately 8-10 feet from where I had been standing and the back was still on it. There was no pain invovled; just a very swift snatching motion and my hair was moved. This was over 20 years ago. During that same visit, the entire time I was on the ship, I could sense someone was watching me and I kept looking over my shoulder but there was never anyone around. Only 6 people were touring the ship that day and because it is so large, we did not run into each other. I also felt a terrible sadness around the hospital area of the ship and around the kitchen/eating areas. My entire story is posted on ghostvillage.

Jake says:

August 6, 2010, 10:40 pm

I wish they would let a paranormal investigation group go and do an investigation. Im part of one myself and a place with that kind of history would be interesting to go to haunted or otherwise.

jocelyn says:

August 13, 2010, 1:25 am

i love scary things but i wont go in side it

Taylor says:

May 10, 2011, 6:48 pm

I’ve been to the USS Alabama (folks live right near there) and I have to say I didn’t experience anything totally weird but I did have a strange feeling throughout most of the trip. Just a feeling like “wow all the people that died where I am standing” its actually really amazing(:

Terry King says:

June 18, 2011, 12:08 am

OMG! I didn’t know other people have seen apparitions on the ol’ Lucky A! I was standing outside the cook’s galley one day, as far as I am aware the only person on that deck at the time, when all of a sudden I start to hear the murmur of many voices and the sounds of dining utensils on metal trays, etc… I looked up and the galley was full of sailors chowing down and they are all in white t-shirts and have a look of just general misery. Before that it had never occurred to me that life aboard her was probably pretty miserable in the summer with the heat and humidity in the middle of the Pacific in the summer. The vision lasted about maybe two seconds and then it was gone. I was totally in shock. This was in 1990 when I was 28 and just out of the Marine Corps. I never spoke a word about it to a solitary soul.

Franklin says:

August 9, 2011, 9:34 am

After touring the ship I felt eyes watching me as I walked through the ships hospital ward and the galley. I really expected to see the men sitting and eating and I heard the rattleing of the trays and pots etc. this was during 1995 visit I have not been back since. I felt people are not wanted there

Douglas Barker says:

August 25, 2011, 11:40 am

this ship, just for info, is not located in Mobile, Indiana like the website http://www.realhaunts.com/united-states/uss-alabama-bb-60 it is actually located in Mobile, Alabama as according the US National Park Service…..Name: USS Alabama (BB-60)
Location: Battleship Parkway, Mobile, Alabama
Owner: USS Alabama Battleship Commission
Condition: Excellent, unaltered

Mike C says:

October 14, 2011, 3:17 am

I stayed aboard one night about 6 years ago with some members of my High School’s ROTC unit. We had about 50 people with us and the ship to ourselves. About an hour after curfew I woke up 2 of my other buddies and we snuck off to go explore the ship late at night. Pretty soon after we were hopelessly lost and we constantly heard tapping noises that seemed to be closing in on us echoing from all around. The sounds kept getting closer and closer til we were basically in a full out panic, we started running and seemed to be furiously chased by something I cannot explain, but funny enough it chased us right back to the berthing area where it stopped quite suddenly. We slipped back into our bunks and never really talked about it ever again or told anyone because of the whole “gung ho” military air of ROTC. I’ll never know what the hell that was or if we were just freaking each other out over nothing, but I truly experienced what I can only explain as pure terror on that ship. A feeling I never want again.

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