Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)

In this section, you will find the most commonly asked questions about the Gray Ghost of Bay City events. Simply click on the links provided to be taken to that section, or scroll down the page to read all the answers. If you have a question that is not covered here, please visit our Contact page for different ways to reach an event representative.

  1. So what exactly does this program entail? Is this a tour?
  2. Where is the USS Edson located?
  3. How do I purchase tickets?
  4. I prefer not to use PayPal. Are other payment methods available?
  5. Is there any paperwork involved for the event? Is there a copy of the event rules I can read somewhere?
  6. What should I bring for the evening?
  7. Who can attend these events? Are children allowed?
  8. Is this event physically demanding?
  9. What are the hours for the events?
  10. I'm a paranormal investigator - what equipment am I (or my group) allowed to bring?

So what exactly does this program entail? Is this a tour?

Your evening is an opportunity to explore a historic vessel in a way that very few people are able to do. It is a tour, and yet it is much more. Your evening will begin with a guided tour of the Edson with a group of experienced paranormal investigators who have researched the ship and her history. They will provide you with the stories of the vessel as well as the tales of unusual activity that have passed down through the years.

After the tour is complete, 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.

Where is the USS Edson located?

The Edson is located in Bay City, Michigan on the Saginaw River, next to the Independence Bridge. For full directions, please see the map page for directions on how to arrive at the Museum.

How do I purchase tickets?

Tickets are available for purchase on this website. Visit the tickets page for complete details, including tour dates. Payments are handled electronically through PayPal.

I prefer not to use PayPal. Are other payment methods available?

Please visit our contact page for ways to reach an event representative to discuss your situation. In certain cases, alternate payment methods can be arranged.

Is there any paperwork involved for the event? Is there a copy of the event rules I can read somewhere?

All guests must sign a copy of the Assumption of Risk agreement when checking in for the tour. A copy of this form must be filled out to participate in the event. A full copy of the rules for the evening can be found on the rules page of this website.

What should I bring for the evening?

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 on their tour date.

Who can attend these events? Are children allowed?

The tours of the Gray Ghost of Bay City are open to everyone 18 years of age or older. At this time, children under the age of 18 are not permitted on the tour.

Is this event physically demanding?

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.

What are the hours for the events?

The tours are held on Saturdays. Registration opens at 6:00 pm; the tour begins at 7:00 pm and ends at 3:00 am. Guests should arrive no later than 6:45 pm to allow sufficient time for check in. Guests are free to leave and return to the event throughout the evening as they wish.

I'm a paranormal investigator - what equipment am I (or my group) allowed to bring?

Due to the cramped nature 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.