USCG’s Haunted Sycamore attracts big crowd

As the sun began to set, fog billowed over rusty chains, smashed pumpkins and tombstones, and eventually made its way to the water’s edge where the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore rested in the blue haze.

Props including the fog machine, fake body parts and blood-stained puddles were just a few of many that adorned the parking lot and cutter during the Haunted Sycamore on Oct. 28.

Decorating the halls, mess deck and living quarters took nearly five hours that morning.

Three hundred and twenty-four people toured the haunted ship, hosted by the U.S. Coast Guard, with help from 30 volunteers from the Cordova Coast Guard Spouses Association and family members.

Screams, laughter and spooky music seeped out of the vessel’s doors as tour groups made their way through the haunted ship, weaving their way past hanging skulls, chains, hands and cob webs, only to be scared by Coast Guardsmen dressed in costumes and masks.

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Emily Mesner is a staff reporter and photographer for The Cordova Times. Reach her at emesner@thecordovatimes.com. Emily graduated from Central Michigan University, earning a degree in photojournalism with a cultural competency certificate. She first visited Alaska in 2016, working as a media intern for the National Park Service in Kotzebue and Denali National Park and Preserve, and has been coming back ever since. To see more photos, follow @thecordovatimes and @emilymesnerphoto on Instagram.