We are proud to present this rare opportunity for guests to explore one of America's most decorated warships, the mighty USS Edson! One of only two Forrest Sherman-class destroyers left in the world, the Edson proudly served America for three decades, and now has reached her final berth in Bay City, Michigan. But even in retirement from active service, all is not quiet on board, as many tales of unexplained activity on the Edson have followed the ship throughout the years.
Now, you can explore this mighty ship and attempt to learn its secrets. What will you find on board this piece of American history?
Commissioned in 1958, the USS Edson was one of eighteen Forrest Sherman-class destroyers built for the U.S. Navy. Named for Major General Merritt “Red Mike” Edson USMC (1897–1955), the Edson was built by the Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. The Edson served throughout the Vietnam War and Cold War, and fired over a million pounds earning her the motto "Three Guns, No Waiting." She also earned the name "Grey Ghost of the Vietnamese Coast." Her active naval career came to an end in 1988 when she was decommissioned from service and transferred to the Philadelphia Inactive Ships Maintenance Facility, where she was placed into storage.
The Edson began her second career in 1989, when she was transferred to the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in New York City to serve as a museum ship. In 1990, the Edson received National Historic Landmark status. She remained a museum ship at the ISASM until 2004, when she was returned to Philadelphia and reentered storage. After considering proposals from various organizations, the U.S. Navy's Naval Sea Systems Command awarded the Edson to the Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum for use once more as a museum ship. The Edson arrived at Bay City on May 7, 2013, where she remains today.
When you visit the Grey Ghost of Bay City, you have a unique opportunity to do more than experience the past - you also hunt the unknown!
Your evening begins at 7:00 pm as your guides detail the history of the ship, as well as some of the most notable unexplained events that have been reported over the course of the Edson's decades of service. Guests are then invited to stay until 3:00 am to explore the ship's vast interior at their own pace. Many are the tales of unusual encounters and unexplainable activity throughout the years aboard the Edson - now you can try to determine for yourself whether these tales are true or not.
They say that the ships that travel the seas are never truly at rest - are you willing to discover the truth?
Are you a paranormal investigator or group looking for a unique location that *you* control?
Then book a private evening aboard the USS Edson today!
Private ghost hunts aboard the Edson are available each Friday evening before regularly scheduled tours dates. Investigators will have access to the ship starting at 8:00 pm and ending at 3:00 am, you then have a bunk with a mattress to sleep in until 9:00am. (Bring your own sleeping gear) Equipment not normally allowed for use during standard tours is permitted. All other rules governing the Grey Ghost of Bay City events remain in effect.
Private Investigation dates may be added. Most Private Investigations start on Fridays and end on Saturdays. Please contact us for further information or requests.
Do you have what it takes to stay the night aboard the Mighty USS Edson? You can now grab a bunk and sleep like the sailors! Instead of leaving at 3:00 am you can catch some ZZZ's before that long ride home! All overnight guests will need to be off the ship by 9:00am for the museum to open. There is an extra fee for the over night stay.
The staff of the USS Edson and the Grey Ghost of Bay City tours strive to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for our guests while aboard ship. To help us provide the best experience possible, all visitors are required to obey the following rules during their stay:
All tour participants must present a valid photo ID at check-in for the tour that shows date of birth.
For the safety of all guests, sandals, flip-flops, heeled shoes, or any footwear that does not completely cover their feet is forbidden inside the USS Edson. Shoes with rubber or non-slip soles must be worn while onboard. The Edson was designed and constructed to military specifications, and as such has many surfaces which can cause injury to persons wearing inappropriate footwear.
Smoking is not permitted inside the USS Edson, or any buildings on the SVNSM grounds. Tour participants may smoke outside as desired.
No drugs, alcohol or weapons are permitted onboard the ship or SVNSM grounds. Anyone found using or possessing any such items will be immediately escorted from the premises and may face legal action.
No seances or Ouija boards are permitted while on the ship or SVNSM grounds. Use of Ouija boards or conducting a seance will result in immediate expulsion from the premises.
Removal, damage or desecration of any SVNSM property is strictly prohibited. Any such actions taken will result in immediate expulsion from the premises and possible legal action.
Areas of the SVNSM grounds or structures blocked off with caution tape or chains are restricted or hazard areas. Anyone found entering these areas or removing or otherwise defeating these barriers will be immediately escorted from the premises.
All those not participating in the Over Night Stay must be off of the ship by 3:00 AM.
The Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum or any of its affiliates/partners are not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged properties/items during your visit.
Your evening is an opportunity to explore a historic vessel in a way that very few people are able to do. It is not a tour! Your evening will begin with a welcome and guidelines of the evening. You will be briefed about the history and paranormal experiences that have been experienced on the Edson by a group of experienced paranormal investigators who have researched the ship and her history.
After the briefing you will be welcomed aboard the Edson, and the hunt begins. The Edson becomes yours to explore at your own pace. You may simply wish to explore the ship and take in its details and history, or you may choose to investigate the reports of ghostly activity. Your event guides will be happy to answer any questions you have about the Edson, its legacy, or paranormal techniques or experiences.
All guests must sign a copy of the Assumption of Risk agreement when checking in for the tour.
All tour guests must wear appropriate footwear to the event (rubber soled/no-slip; no heels or open-toed shoes, including sandals or flip-flops). Guests who wish to participate in the ghost hunt may wish to bring a camera and/or audio recorder, as well as spare batteries. ***Bringing a flashlight is strongly recommended.*** Drinks and light snacks will be available for purchase, although guests are allowed to bring their own food and beverages. Guests should also dress appropriately for the weather.
The Ghost Hunts are open to everyone 18 years of age or older. Anyone between the ages of 14 and 17 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. No one under the age of 14 are allowed on the Ghost Hunts.
The USS Edson, being a military ship, contains areas that require guests pay attention or risk possible injury. Hallways can be narrow, as well as stairway ladders; these are also typically very steep. Compartment doors also are raised off the ground, posing a trip hazard. Due to its military nature, the ship is not wheelchair accessible. Please contact event staff if you have specific questions about the ship and its layout.
Due to the narrow passageways, and small compartments of the vessel, only hand held equipment is permitted onboard the ship. Devices which require the running of cables (such as stationary multi-camera systems) pose a trip hazard to other guests, and are not allowed during Public Ghost Hunts. Teams are allowed to bring any electrical equipment using cords on a Private Ghost Hunts as they are not open to the general public.
Phone: (810) 853-8573
Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum, 1680 Martin St, Bay City, Michigan 48706, United States