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There’s Ghosts Among the Guns and Galleries at US Navy Museum

By Naval History and Heritage Command, Communication and Outreach Division

With apologizes to the Addams Family tune

 

It’s creepy and sometimes kooky,

Mysterious and spooky,

With Marines always on duty,

At the Washington Navy Yard

 

On Saturday at the museum,

there will be lots of screamin,

Free from 4-10 to see’em,

At the Washington Navy Yard.

 

The shipyard was put afire,

When the enemy was so dire,

Tingey’s home survived the fire,

At the Washington Navy Yard.

 

Tucked in a wall is a limb,

Of an unlucky colonel so grim,

But it’s no longer used for shim,

At the Washington Navy Yard

 

After the assassination of Lincoln,

As all the people mourned him,

The body of Booth was brought in,

At the Washington Navy Yard.

 

There’s a ghost of a Commodore,

For 52 years walked the corridor,

1881 ends his nocturnal monitor,

When it became Naval Gun Factory.

 

The soldier who was unknown,

Came to peace back at home,

On a ship the color of bone,

At the Washington Navy Yard.

 

After years of shooting weapons,

The residents are still deafened,

Yet a new name again beckons,

Back to the Washington Navy Yard.

 

So now the Yard holds commands,

Like the CNO and the Navy Bands,

Where admirals & COs shake hands,

At the Washington Navy Yard.

 

Go get your cover or cap on,

Or catch a slug to come in on,

Be sure to make a call on,

The Washington Navy Yard.

 

For more about the National Museum of the U.S. Navy’s Haunted Gallery from 4-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, click here.