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Block Island, Rhode Island: Mass Grave of Pirate Massacre

Pirate-minded Block Islanders lured a ship full of German immigrants to their doom in 1738. The mass grave of the victims is supposedly haunted, and the ghost ship can sometimes be seen off shore.

18 Old Town Rd, Block Island, RI
Before making your trip, contact the Block Island Historical Society for a guided tour (a fee is charged). Take the ferry from Galilee, Rhode Island, to Block Island. The Historical Society is only a couple of blocks from the ferry dock.
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Palatine graves.

Palatine Graves

In the 1700s, Block Islanders had a bit of a piratical streak and would shipwreck ships on the shoals to plunder their wealth. This is the mass grave from their shipwreck of the Princess Augusta, carrying folks to America from the Palatine in Germany.

Ghosts have been seen here. In addition, the ghost ship of the burning Princess Augusta is suppose to be seen at night -- but we did not venture out to see it. Do not attempt to find this on your own you will get lost. Contact the Block Island Historical Society. They will take you to the grave site for a fee.

[Bill La Civita, 05/02/2013]

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Perpetually Painted RockPerpetually Painted Rock, Block Island, RI - 2 mi.
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