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Abandoned Ghost Ship

2500 Lawrenceburg Ferry Road, Petersburg, Kentucky 41080 USA

Free
Free to Visit
Open Now
Sat 12p-12p
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • No Public Restrooms
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“over a 100 years of history rusting away”

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."


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Reviewed by
Chris Spinney Long

  • Tour Guide
  • 173 Reviews
  • 191 Helpful
July 15, 2014

Yes it's still there! This is one of the most surreal sites I've ever visited. You paddle around the bend and all the sudden this massive ship greets you. It's quite shocking how big this thing is and how small of a creek it's in. Access isn't too hard, we paddled in via the creek but you can also get in by the Ohio River or by foot. There is a long driveway that leads down into a field. Follow that to the creek and the Ship should be right there. This is seriously the coolest abandoned spot I've ever been too.

20 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Erin

  • 36 Reviews
  • 28 Helpful
August 28, 2014

This place is awesome! It's only about 20 minute drive from the city, and it's really cool. But be care where you step, I got an old nail go into my shoe. And there isn't a ladder to get up it, you have to pull yourself up by some rope. But still a great adventure!

5 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Joel Schat

  • Photographer
  • 238 Reviews
  • 360 Helpful
July 21, 2014

This place is absolutely awesome!! I made a video while I was there! Check it out here :)
http://youtu.be/RpLKMmnh-bU

6 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
kodi.mcquillen

  • 1 Review
  • 3 Helpful
September 10, 2014

Kind of creepy, but I went by myself! Really interesting to see. I parked in the driveway of 2450 and the path is right across the way.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
PJ4437

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  • 3 Helpful
March 7, 2014

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.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
jacqueline.m.hopkins

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  • 2 Helpful
August 26, 2014

On a GPS, What address would you put in to drive to location? Thank you,

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
dina.b.reed

  • 1 Review
  • 2 Helpful
May 27, 2014

Can someone verify if this is still there ???
We are planning a trip and want to include it in our "sights".

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Greg Newkirk

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  • 307 Helpful
September 19, 2014

You can get to this place by foot if you REALLY want to, but comeon, it's way cooler if you go by boat. Word of warning, it's rusty as all hell, so I hope you're up to date on your tetanus shots.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
DaVinci

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  • 0 Helpful
September 13, 2014

Pretty crazy reading the history of it and then visiting it and thinking of all it went through to finally end up there

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Ken Valuska

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  • 575 Reviews
  • 151 Helpful
September 1, 2014

awesome, can't believe this thing is still there and accessible, a really fun/cool trip for those in the area

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
dana.karrick.9

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  • 0 Helpful
August 29, 2014

Planning a trip out there in a week or two. Should we worry about the locals? Are they prone to calling the authorities. I found that there is a geochache on the ship so I assume you can get to it. Do we need to knock on some doors and let people know we aren't there to cause trouble? I'm a photographer and am planning on doing some unique pictures.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Josh Green

  • Road Warrior
  • 144 Reviews
  • 62 Helpful
July 21, 2014

SO AWESOME!!! and historical :-)

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
MichaelRogers

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  • 2 Helpful
December 11, 2013

Video of the boat:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zk8yWOOM_GE

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
NitaPlaysVW

  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 18, 2013

Coolio...! Road trip!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Monica

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  • 0 Helpful
September 4, 2016

I was just there in July and it is pretty awesome! The hike is like 5 mins and a must see. It is old and rusty, just use common sense and be careful!

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Reviewed by
KarenDeniseBreeden

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  • 0 Helpful
July 12, 2016

Great place to see. Crazy really. And sad that the ship is dying a slow death. A must go to. Was there in June 2016.

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Reviewed by
elder.ball

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
July 11, 2016

Hey guys! A group of friends and I are headed out to visit the Celt on July 16th, and I'm a little confused on a couple of things. 1 Is this legal? 2 Where do we park? 3 How far away from parking is the ship?
I'm bringing a group of about 10-15 people, and they want specifics...
Thanks for your help :)

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Reviewed by
StarAnna

  • 3 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
June 29, 2016

I live a few miles from this and had forgotten about it! Definitely a memory worth your time if you love history/abandoned places

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Reviewed by
Paige

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  • 0 Helpful
April 10, 2016

I plan on visiting this location this coming weekend (April 16, 2016). Is it still able to view? Is there hiking to the location involved? By land or water?

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Reviewed by
EdithleaDomine

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  • 0 Helpful
April 4, 2016

loved seeing the ship, but very disappointed that someone spray painted it.

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Reviewed by
jwilliams81

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  • 0 Helpful
November 5, 2015

This has long been one of Cincinnati's hidden gems.

Check out my video:
https://youtu.be/fhHmjrfHYuM

This is an easy paddle, just be aware you will be crossing the Ohio river.
Look up for barge traffic, don't go alone, and always wear your life jacket.

GPS 39.081813,-84.848951 .

The easiest way to paddle to it is to launch at the Tanners Creek ramp, just west of Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Paddle down the Ohio River paddle across to the Kentucky side. Paddle up the river, on the Kentucky side about a quarter mile and the creek's mouth will be on your right. The "Ghost Ship" is a couple hundred yards up the creek.

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Reviewed by
Dlewis625

  • 16 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
June 29, 2015

My 17 year old son had a blast here! We all enjoyed the view, but he kept going for 20 minutes after we were done looking. :) Be sure to wear long pants!

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Reviewed by
JenniferPetreeGray

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  • 0 Helpful
June 23, 2015

Checked this place out tonight by boat...truly a sight to see!

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Reviewed by
MelanieIllicete

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
April 22, 2015

(4/22/15)...Is it still there today, and still free? How do you rent a boat?!!?!?!

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Reviewed by
therichners

  • 7 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
April 7, 2015

Absolutely worth seeing. It is just down the road from the Creation Museum, which provides its own kind of edutainment. It is in a very remote setting. There are "No Trespassing" signs everywhere and that adds to the excitement. On the down side, there is also garbage everywhere Why? Irritating. We visited in April so the leaves were still off the trees. This meant that we could see the ghost ship from the road. Since there was a lot of rain, the river was very flooded. The ship was mostly sub-merged as a result. It was a rainy day and there is some massive factory that looms in the distance. The combination of all of these factors gave the thing a slightly haunted feel. Certainly it is a quick and easy thrill- once you get there...

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Reviewed by
trystin.moy

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
March 15, 2015

Has anyone been there recently?

I'm planning a trip with a friend and we wonder how high the water levels are.

Go by foot or go by inflatable boat? Because, we see some people have walked and some have needed to get in a kayak/boat.

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trystin.moy

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  • 0 Helpful
March 15, 2015

We're going in a couple weeks and wonder how high the water levels are.

Go by foot or get a small inflatable boat?

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  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
December 31, 2014

My friends and I ventured out during the winter. The ship was easy to spot from the winding roads, and besides the occasional thorn bush, it was easy to walk to the glorious shipwreck. It's a cool spot to spend some time.

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Reviewed by
Sean Cox

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
October 28, 2014

Just went this weekend and it was very cool. The number of "No Trespassing" signs were a bit unnerving while parking and walking up to the boat. Regardless, I snapped some awesome pictures and it was a fun afternoon adventure.

If I ever go back, I want to visit it in a kayak.

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Reviewed by
todd.anderson.313

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
October 20, 2014

This is a really cool site...but there are No Treapassing signs that appear to be new that are all around the Circle Line V and surrounding area.

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Reviewed by
Chelsea Koglmeier

  • Foodie
  • 242 Reviews
  • 192 Helpful
October 1, 2014

This is not an easy place to reach, but it's epic once you find it. If you're down for a bit of an adventure (and you love old things), this is the right choice for you!

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Reviewed by
Luisa

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  • 163 Helpful
April 1, 2014

Been wanting to go here very much! Looks like such a cool cincy adventure!

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Reviewed by
roger.hamlin

  • 1 Review
  • 2 Helpful
March 3, 2014

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?

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
leah.kelley.790

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
January 2, 2014

This has been taken away by the city of CINCI and is no longer there as of Fall 2013. So sad!

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Abandoned Ghost Ship

2500 Lawrenceburg Ferry Road
Petersburg, Kentucky
41080 USA

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  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • No Public Restrooms

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