13 Spooky Boating Ports

A look at some of the most haunted waters.

13 Spooky Boating Ports
13 Spooky Boating Ports
Halloween conjures up images of ghosts, goblins and the unexplained. But there is no place more haunted than the sea. To prove it, we compiled this list of spooky boating destinations. Cruise them if you dare! (We know no such list could be complete. Add your own favorite haunted water in the comments below.) For less frightening places to boat, check out:
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13 Spooky Boating Ports
13 Spooky Boating Ports
Porte des Mortes
Door County, Wisconsin
Translated into English as Door of the Dead, This channel lies between Green Bay and Lake Michigan is the centuries old site of a mass drowning when the canoes of battling Potowatomi and Winnebago tribes were caught in a squall and sunk or dashed against the rocky cliffs.
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13 Spooky Boating Ports
13 Spooky Boating Ports
Graveyard of The Atlantic
Diamond Shoals, North Carolina
Thousands of vessels and untold sailors have met Davy Jones when squalls arose. Adding to the blood-curdle is the ghostship Carrol A. Deering. This schooner left Bath, Maine in April 1919 and was found washed ashore—but fully intact—near Diamond Shoals almost two years later! No sign of her crew has ever been found.
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13 Spooky Boating Ports
13 Spooky Boating Ports
Port Arthur
Australia
Originally a penal settlement is today a World Heritage Site. It is home to the Port Arthur Penitentiary, where, since the prison's abandonment in 1877, there have been over 2,000 accounts of ghost sightings and hauntings throughout the vicinity.
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13 Spooky Boating Ports
13 Spooky Boating Ports
The Bermuda Triangle Need we say more? This wedge of ocean has been eating boats, planes and people since time began!Boating Magazine
13 Spooky Boating Ports
13 Spooky Boating Ports
Salem, Massachusetts Home of witch trials that resulted in witches being stoned and burned alive, this New England seaport offers much in the way of history for cruising boaters.Boating Magazine
13 Spooky Boating Ports
13 Spooky Boating Ports
Execution Rocks
Queens, New York
Site of Execution Light in Long Island Sound today, legend holds that during the 1600’s and 1700’s settlers chained criminals to the rocks at low tide. When the tide rose, the captives drowned. Chilling!
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13 Spooky Boating Ports
13 Spooky Boating Ports
Devil’s Pool
Branson, Missouri
Today part of Big Cedar Lodge, Osage tribe legend holds that the pool’s spring is bottomless and so is a direct route to the Devil himself. Would you dare to boat there?
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13 Spooky Boating Ports
13 Spooky Boating Ports
Painted Cave
Santa Cruz Island, CA
According to our West Coast Editor, Jim Hendricks, this is one of the spookiest places you can go with a boat. “You can get in, but you may not be able to come out….!”
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13 Spooky Boating Ports
13 Spooky Boating Ports
New Orleans, Louisiana Voodoo, pirates, plagues and ghosts. There's a reason New Orleans is often thought of as one of the most haunted cities. Go ashore to visit Lalurie Mansion, Le Pavillon Hotel or one of the many cemeteries. Or, cruise the Mississippi River or Lake Pontchartrain keeping an eye out for wandering spirits.Boating Magazine
13 Spooky Boating Ports
13 Spooky Boating Ports
The Treasure Pit
Nova Scotia
The Oak Island, Nova Scotia treasure pit has cost the lives of six-treasure hunters over the centuries…that we know of! Riddled with booby traps, some say the spirits of blood thirsty pirates are the real threat. Boo knows
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13 Spooky Boating Ports
13 Spooky Boating Ports
Graveyard of the Pacific
Oregon, Washington to Vancouver, Canada
The Graveyard of the Pacific is a nickname for a stretch from Oregon northward to Cape Scott on Vancouver Island. Heavy and unpredictable weather year round combined with the rugged coastline causes sea conditions which, since the 15th century, have wrecked thousands of vessels.
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13 Spooky Boating Ports
13 Spooky Boating Ports
Savannah, Georgia One of the world's most haunted cities is also a great cruising port. Cruise in, tie up and take one of many haunted tours. Narrow, cobblestone-paved streets and alleys offer ghouls the chance to surprise the unwary.Boating Magazine
13 Spooky Boating Ports
13 Spooky Boating Ports
Gibraltar Point Lighthouse
Ontario, Canada
This oldest lighthouse in Canada is also the scene of a grisly murder. The first keeper of this light, JP Radan Mueller, was murdered in 1814: Deranged men chopped him to pieces. Mueller, it is said can still be seen wandering the grounds and building to this day. Want to boat with sea monsters? Check out: Three Lakes With Sea Monsters.
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