Watery Haunts


Where there be unknown waters, there also be ghost stories. Check out our list of a few of the supposedly haunted “watering holes” around the world.

1. Manchac Swamp, La. Deep in the bayou, this ghostly swamp is rumored to be the home of a Cajun werewolf and the spectral figure of Julie White, a former voodoo priestess who was allegedly buried the same day as the 1915 New Orleans hurricane. Believers claim they’ve heard White’s cries by the water at night.
2. Bermuda Triangle. Perhaps the region most associated with supernatural events, its waters have mysteriously swallowed whole boats and ships, including USS Cyclops and SS Marine Sulphur Queen.
3. Sargasso Sea. Dense, brown seaweed covers these waters in the North Atlantic Ocean, creating unnaturally warm and calm currents. Several ships, including French merchant ship Rosalie, have been found drifting through the Sargasso Sea with no crew on board. Chilling lore has it that the seaweed is carnivorous, capable of devouring seafarers.
4. The Devil’s Sea, Japan. An ancient legend claims this watery realm, 60 miles south of Tokyo, off Miyake Island, was home to dragons. Also known as the Pacific Bermuda Triangle, fishing vessels frequently went missing here.
5. Lake Michigan. Mariners turn uneasy and superstitious when traveling through the area, and for good reason. Bizarre disappearances are common, such as the night the schooner Thomas Hume vanished without a trace.
6. White Rock Lake, Texas. One of Dallas’ most enduring urban legends features “The Lady of White Rock Lake.” The ghost of a young girl, soaking wet and wearing a 1920s
nightgown, appears at night along the roadside, asking for a ride before disappearing during the car ride and leaving only a damp car seat.
7. Gardner Lake, Conn. The faint yet persistent melody of piano music is said to emanate from the bottom of this lake, after a fully intact home — including the ghostly piano — sank during a move from one end of the lake to the other.


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