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USS Hornet Museum

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  • Date Posted: May 2, 2014
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  • Address: USS Hornet Museum, 707 West Hornet Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501, USA

Alameda, California

Alameda is located in central California, not far from the coast. Alameda is in Alameda County on Alameda Island and Bay Far Island, near San Francisco and Oakland, California. It is a city of approximately 75,000 residents.

USS Hornet Information:

The USS Hornet rests in its berth at the decommissioned Alameda Naval Base in Alameda, California. It is the 8th ship to carry the hornet name in United State history.

The USS Hornet docked in Alameda, California was commissioned in 1943, during World War II. She destroyed 1,410 Japanese aircraft during the war. Later, during the cold war, the USS Hornet recovered the astronauts from both the Apollo 11 and the Apollo 12 missions.

Sadly however, many sailors on board the USS Hornet have, according to Haunted Bay, “walked into the aircraft’s spinning props, been sucked into their air intakes, or blown off deck by their exhaust. Dropped ordnance have exploded, burning and maiming sailors. Snapping flight arrest cables decapitated at least three men on the USS Hornet.”

More than 300 people lost their lives aboard this ship. Many of them died as a result of combat, some because of horrific shipboard accidents, and others from suicide. Apparently, the USS Hornet had the highest suicide rate in the Navy.

Ghosts and the Paranormal on the USS Hornet in Alameda, California:

The USS Hornet is sometimes referred to as the most haunted ship in history.

Apparitions are commonly reported on the USS Hornet in Alameda, California. In particular people report seeing the apparitions of sailors at this location.

Doors open and close by themselves, tools vanish, reappearing mysteriously after an extensive search. Objects move without explanation. Things fall off the shelves unexpectedly. Toilets flush by themselves. And people report strong feelings of uneasiness and occasionally the sensation of being pushed or grabbed when no one is around.

The December 2000 issue of Naval History Magazine by Lily MacKenzie included a story about the USS Hornet in which Derek Lyon-McKeil decribed an event that occurred during fleet week in 1995 when there were several volunteers including himself staying aboard the ship:

“We’d all just bunked down, and we had a rule. No exploring. All of a sudden, I heard this banging noise like someone was opening the hatches who shouldn’t have been. Peter Clayton, our supervisor, came charging around, saying, “Okay, who’s sneaking around opening hatches?” We realized that everyone in the group was there. As we were all standing there staring at each other, we heard it again. At that point, we were pretty secure. It couldn’t have been anyone who’d gotten aboard.”

Keith LaDue described another incident that occurred to him several years later while he was on a scissor lift painting.

“I was like at 28 feet, stretched to the maximum. I was up there until about 8:30 at night, and I was by myself on the ship.

I wanted to finish the section I was working on before I left. When I had still about two to three gallons of paint left in my machine, I started hearing voices, aircraft crews talking shop talk, dropping tools, and working on airplanes, talking about the airplanes they were working on, and parts, and home.

I thought, ‘Wait a minute, come on guys, I’m almost done for the night. Can you let me finish? Let me get down from here. This is really starting to spook me.’ And it stopped.”


Haunted Bay (2007-2011). The USS Hornet. Retrieved March 11, 2011 from

The Shadowlord (1998). Haunted Places Index. Retrieved February 8, 2011 from

Wikipedia (2011). Alameda, California. Retrieved March 13, 2011 from,_California

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