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USS Turner Joy raises scary funds in Bremerton

Marilyn Pincus dressed as an asylum ghoul for the USS Turner Joy museum ship “Haunted Asylum” tour.  - Photo by Dennis Box, Bremerton Patriot
Marilyn Pincus dressed as an asylum ghoul for the USS Turner Joy museum ship “Haunted Asylum” tour.
— image credit: Photo by Dennis Box, Bremerton Patriot

The USS Turner Joy museum ship on the Bremerton Boardwalk celebrated Halloween by becoming scary.

The Vietnam War-era destroyer featured another round of the Halloween Haunted Ship tour this week.

Amy Bodlorick, the haunted-ship coordinator, led the expedition through the ship Monday.

She worked this year as a volunteer and said, “my salary goes to the YMCA strong kids campaign.

Bodlorick said the haunting theme for the Turner Joy last year was based on the “Philadelphia Experiment,” which is a story about the destroyer-escort USS Eldridge, and this year the theme was continued.

The story of the USS Eldridge has become part of conspiracy-theory lore.  According to the story, the Navy was conducting a secret experiment that made the Eldridge invisible, based on Albert Einstein’s Unified Field Theory. The experiment was said to have gone very wrong.

Bodlorick said the ship was said to disappear and when it reappeared some on board were melted into the ship, others went in insane.

This year the Turner Joy was turned into an asylum for the witnesses of the experiment.

Bodlorick said the proceeds for the scary experiment will be used to help the food bank, the YMCA program and raising funds to pay for placing the ship in dry dock.

The tours continue through Saturday and the ship is located at 300 Washington Beach Ave.

The cost is $10.

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