Ship of Death - Platte River

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This phantom ship has been seen and talked about since the mid-1800s. Those who have seen it say it first materializes as a mysterious fog over a small part of the river. Out of the fog sails an ethereal gray ship from long ago. The ship is said to be an omen of death, and whoever sees it will lose someone close to them. The ship is manned by a ghostly crew, all working around a body laid on the deck – the body of someone close to the person who sees the phantom ship.

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Geographic Information

Guernsey, WY
United States

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42.249664937430666, -104.69248294917634
Platte County, Wyoming
Nearest Towns:
Guernsey, WY (2.9 mi.)
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