Abandoned Ghost Ship

over a 100 years of history rusting away

2500 Lawrenceburg Ferry Road
Petersburg , KY 41080 US

2stars based on 36 votes

Abandoned Ghost Ship - This place is on private property. Listing for informational purposes only. Please do not visit without express permission from the land owner.

"The slow, choppy waters erratically splash up against the obstruction - an off beat rhythm banging into an island of rusted steel. As the Ohio River flows towards the Mississippi, its waters lazily make their way through the American midwest. Roughly 25 miles downstream from Cincinnati, some of the water diverts to a gap on the southern shore into a creek and up against a ship that seems to have docked for the last time. It's a vessel that fought in two World Wars, served as a yacht, set the scene in a pop star's music video, carried one of the world's greatest minds, and shuttled tourists around the nation's largest city - all before it found itself left to be forgotten by time and history in the murky waters.

It's been over a century since the ship seen here was originally launched in 1902. It's a vessel that has been known by many names. The most recent one however, can still be found in the faded paint on its hull: Circle Line V. When Matt spotted the ship resting quietly in the creek below the road, it was quite a sight to see, even more so once we got to the shoreline and saw things up close. Actually seeing a "shipwreck" was impressive enough, but the full gravity of the ship's significance hadn't quite set in and wouldn't until after we were gone.

The ghost ship known as the Circle Line V is by far one of the coolest things I've seen with my own eyes and through a lens.

To understand why the Circle Line V is significant and just how the hell it ended up in a creek near Cincinnati, we need to start at the beginning in Wilmington, Delaware. On April 12, 1902, the ship was  launched as theCelt. Commissioned as a luxury yacht by a railroad executive, she was 186 feet long and steam powered. After changing owners, she was renamed the Sachem.

 110 years since the boat launched in Delaware, it came to a final resting place in a creek outside of Cincinnati. After countless passengers, two World Wars and ferrying millions of tourists on sightseeing jaunts, the ship itself has become a sight to behold. It in itself is a ruin of the past, a symbol of history in a condition that doesn't seem fit for the story behind it. After everything theCelt/Sachem/Phenakite/Sightseer/Circle Line V saw in its day, it's now something for us to see, to marvel at. A ruin of the past hidden in a creek."

- Queen City Discovery

Abandoned Ghost Ship 2500 Lawrenceburg Ferry Road Petersburg , KY 41080 US

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NitaPlaysVW NitaPlaysVW
Coolio...! Road trip!
9 months ago Abandoned Ghost Ship
MichaelRogers MichaelRogers
Video of the boat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zk8yWOOM_GE
4 months ago Abandoned Ghost Ship
leah.kelley.790 leah.kelley.790
This has been taken away by the city of CINCI and is no longer there as of Fall 2013. So sad!
4 months ago Abandoned Ghost Ship
roger.hamlin roger.hamlin
How can the city of Cincinnati take something from the state of Kentucky, that is resting on property that is owned by the same family that bought the ship and brought it down here?
about 1 month ago Abandoned Ghost Ship
PJ4437 PJ4437
Considering pictures were just taken for a website about 5 days ago....
about 1 month ago Abandoned Ghost Ship
PJ4437 PJ4437
It was also in a very cheesy Madonna video from the 80's. "Papa Don't Preach" A very quick view, you would have to pause it.
about 1 month ago Abandoned Ghost Ship
luisa.m.f luisa.m.f
Been wanting to go here very much! Looks like such a cool cincy adventure!
17 days ago Abandoned Ghost Ship
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