Unexplained noises, apparitions and bumps in the night all sound like something out of a scary movie.
But at 9 tonight on SyFy Channel’s “Ghost Hunters,” they all will be the focus of a spectral report on the World War II-era aircraft carrier Yorktown moored at Patriots Point.
A crew from The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS) spent several nights in early February onboard the massive vessel in Mount Pleasant when it was closed to the public and didn’t have power following the return of the retired destroyer Laffey.
“Over the years, we have received a number of reports of unexplainable noise, sightings and activities from visitors to our ship, employees and area law enforcement officers,” said Patriots Point Executive Director Mac Burdette.
Patriots Point chief electrician Brian Parsons has done more than sense an eerie feeling from time to time.
“I’ve certainly heard plenty of footsteps and voices coming from areas where there shouldn’t be any noises coming from,” Parsons said. “Plenty of times you feel like there’s somebody there and you turn around and no one is there. And I’m not the only one. Other staff members have felt the same thing.”
TAPS founder Jason Hawes, one of the lead investigators for the Yorktown expedition, said what they captured is convincing.
“Not only did we catch some of the most compelling evidence I believe we have ever caught and the most intense experiences all team members have encountered in a long time, but it is also known as a hot spot for the very thing we seek — the paranormal.”
For the filming, Patriots Point wanted to make sure nothing was done to sully the image of the sailors who served and died aboard the former warship.
“While we were intrigued at the notion of paranormal activity aboard ‘The Fighting Lady,’ our first priority was to make certain that any investigation was handled in a manner that was respectful of the service and sacrifice of the men who served aboard her,” Burdette said. “The TAPS crew was absolutely wonderful and displayed great patriotic respect throughout the filming.”
Patriots Point won’t be the first Charleston area site featured on TV for ghostly images.
A group from the Travel Channel visited the Old City Jail in the fall to see if they could catch some other-worldly images on camera on what they deemed the most haunted place in Charleston.
In 2002, the Travel Channel also ran a series on “Haunted Hotels” that featured two former inns in the Charleston area.
Hawes said he has always enjoyed coming to Charleston because of its history and people.
“I’ve traveled to many areas throughout my time on and off the show ‘Ghost Hunters’ but seem to always talk about and find my way back to South Carolina.”
Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524 or twitter.com/warrenlancewise.
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