The Middle Of Nowhere
They are kayaking along and they run into this sight. Could you imagine this being hidden in the middle of the Ohio River untouched for 110 years?
What Is It?
They slowly kayaked by ghost ship. But, they had no idea what to think about it. They didn’t know they were just about to become a huge part of history.
The Ghost Ship
It was still tied up just like it had been 110 years ago. So, the kayakers parked their kayaks and decided to take a good look around.
They circled the vessel and took a good look around the outside. Now, it was time to go on-board and check it out from the inside.
The guys had to literally climb up the river bank and walk through a field to get inside the ghost ship. As you can see, vegetation had taken over in there as well.
Whoever owned or still owns this ship wanted it hidden very well. Mission accomplished, except for the guys who happened to stumble upon it. It was time for them to learn why it mattered so much.
The Different Levels
After walking through the vegetation, they found there was more to the ghost ship than just grown up weeds. There are plenty of nooks and crannies to go through.
A Hunk Of Junk
What they were looking at was the ship’s engine, an ancient one over a hundred years old. After exploring deeper, you won’t believe who this boat was tied to in the past.
The Vessel’s History
After looking into it, they found out what this vessel actually was. Pusey and Jones built it in Wilmington, Delaware back in 1902. It was called the Celt and it was a luxury yacht for the rich and famous.
Then It Changed
When World War I broke out, the U.S. Navy developed a tactic to find small, fast-moving boats and turn them into warships. They literally took the Celt and named it the USS Sachem 15 years after it first took float. Then, they armed it for war.
When the war was over, the USS Sachem could go back to its original mission. The great inventor was one of the most famous people to board the ship and conduct experiments for his inventions.
What It Became
A banker from Philadelphia, Roland L. Taylor was interested in the heroic vessel. That is until Captain Jacob Martin from Brooklyn gave him an offer in 1932.
Captain Martin turned the boat into something else. It became a chartered fishing vessel and Martin was able to charge $2 a person for each fishing expedition. Of course, the warship had to take on yet another look for that to happen.
A Party Boat
Many of the passengers would pay the $2, but they weren’t interested in doing any fishing. When Martin realized what he had, he turned the boat once again into a party boat. That’s what people wanted anyway.
Partying Came To An End
When America went back into war in 1941, the Navy commissioned the old Sachem once again. Only this time, it was named USS Phenakite and it was sent to patrol the Florida Keys.
Back To Partying
After the war, the heroic warship was once again returned to its owner. But, Martin was no longer interested in it and he sold it to Circle Line. It was known as Sightseer until they changed it’s name to Circle V before retiring it in the 80s.
The ship’s claim to fame continued when the famous boat was sitting on the dock one day gets some work done. That’s when a limousine pulled up and a representative for Madonna asked if they could use the vessel in an upcoming video.
Papa Don’t Preach
Does it look familiar? It was in her 1986 video “Papa Don’t Preach.” But, then what happened to it?
The Circle V was taken on its last journey and finally brought to rest at Robert Miller’s home in Northern Kentucky. That was just after being in the video in 1986 and that’s where it has remained to this day.
There seems to be plans in the making to restore it. It’s a wonderful vessel with an amazing history. It shouldn’t be left to decay in the Ohio River.