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The USS Salem was ordered by the US Navy on 14th June, 1943 and launched 25th March, 1947. She was then commissioned at the Boston Navy Yard on 14th May, 1949. She never fired her guns but was a stimulus for peace during the Cold War. She was decommissioned on 30th January, 1959 and in 1994 she went back to her birthplace in Quincey.

She is now a museum, on 14th May, 1995 she was re-commissioned as a member of the Historic Naval Association. So despite the fact that she has never gone to battle, rumours are that she is haunted. Ghost Hunters and Ghost Hunters International certainly seem convinced of the validity of the claims. Summarising their shows witnesses have reported shadow figures and a young girl who has been seen walking around the snack bar. A man who died I the anchor room is thought to haunt the room. In the medical suite a groaning has been heard and on clear nights some have heard blood curdling cries of pain.

A couple of links

USS Salem underway in May 1949
By U.S. Navy Bureau of Ships – This media is available in the holdings of the National Archives and Records Administration, cataloged under the National Archives Identifier (NAID) 7577535., Public Domain, Link



The name sounds like a fantasy town, unfortunately a town that is no longer there it having been in Ohio, USA. It was a mining community and little remains except for a few foundations, cemetery and an old rail-road tunnel that is the subject of numerous ghost stories.

It was never a big town with a peak population of around 100, the area was fairly isolated in the woods and walking the rail-road tracks was dangerous. One trestle was over Raccoon Creek, 50 metres from the tunnel and by 1920 five or six people had lost their lives.

The decline in use meant that the last family left in 1947, the town was then fully abandoned. By the 1960’s the buildings were gone. In 1981 a signal on the Moonville rail-track was erected, in 1985 the last train took that route in August and the tracks were removed. It is still possible to access that area but there only the abandoned area of the lines.

There is a ghost that appears in the tunnel and swings a lantern, attempting to stop trains that are no longer running. The other ghost walks the tracks near Moonville on the other side of the tunnel. 

B+O Engineers on the line would tell the each other about the ghostly lantern. Sometime in the 1920’s a group of men, some miners, were drinking and playing cards in a shack nearby. Full of moonshine and frivolity one inebriated chap wandered off with a lantern I hand off down the tracks. A train came from the other side and too drunk to think about backing up he waved the lantern, hoping to stop the train most likely. He was hit and killed and buried in the local cemetery, since then his aimlessly wandering ghost has been witnessed.

Another story is about a headless conductor but the details given seem less widely known than the lantern carrier. There are several accounts around a decapitated man who walks the tracks, often with a lantern, so I suspect this might just be an elaboration on the original tale.

A pretty famous name but why? And really is he that interesting? Yes… however you see it, good or bad the man has proven to be very influential.

“So what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law”

Born in 1875 on 12 October, Edward Alexander Crowley and died 1st December 1947.  For many his Magick comes to them as a form of modern urban high magic mixed with neo-paganism. The actual facts of the matter are far more complex and I think if you are interested it would be better to look into it on your own (it would be posts and posts long!)

One thing he did his life was to pretty much travel around the world in search of gnosis. He went from deep jungles to high mountains, and it’s a shame he didn’t share more of those experiences as I am sure his outdoor adventures would have been interesting reading.

In 1925 he took leadership of the Fraternitas Saturni on a walk up the garden and into the forest. He noticed a plant or tree that was remarkable to him and lifted his hat in greeting. When the novices asked what he was doing one of the other members explained he was greeting the elemental spirits of nature who had come to see their master.

Towards the end of his life he began to lose interest in the Ordo Templi Orientis and the other organisations he had fashioned for his vision of the Great Works. He met Gerald Gardner and it seems at this point the plan was made to transform the OTO into a more popular witchcraft cult.  Gardner brought a charter and rose rapidly through the grades, even travelling to America to meet other initiates.

Fred Lamond, one of Gardner’s first acolytes wrote about an American adept known as Jack Parsons who looked favourably on the idea of the new witch cult. Perhaps if Crowley had lived long enough to finish Gardner’s training modern paganism may have looked very difficult.

Today his influence is still notable. Crowley’s word was Thelema which meant Free Will, those who choose to follow the path of his magical teachings aim to de-condition themselves to  be independent and have their own sense of self. The popularity of this is the idea of not  following a priest or judge in order to be able to work out how to act for yourself.

Part of the process of developing this self knowledge is by Magick, which he highly advocated. “the science and art of causing change in conformity with will.” many things now known as cultural were part of the fundamental parts of Magick such as drama, music, art, dance, philosophy and poetry etc…