Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Ghost Ship The Mary Celeste
Another ghost ship you may have heard of is the ill fated Mary Celeste.
Originally built in Nova Scotia and named the Amazon in 1861, this ghost ship was
re-named the Mary Celeste in 1869 after numerous misfortunes and owners. One might say the Mary Celeste was cursed from the beginning.
On its last voyage, the Mary Celeste left New York City in November of 1872,a bright clear day for departure
The new captain Benjamin Briggs, his wife, and young daughter, along with 8 crew members departed bound for Genoa, Italy. The cargo consisted of 1700 barrels of raw American alcohol.
On December 5, 1872, the ship Dei Gratia came upon the Mary Celeste floundering on the sea. The captain of the Dei Gratia knew Captain Briggs and was surprised to see the ship derelict as Briggs had a reputation as an excellent captain. Men from the Dei Gratia boarded the abandoned Mary Celeste to determine what was going on.
The ship was found in good seaworthy condition. It appeared as though the crew had left in a great hurry. They discovered that the chronometer, sextant,and lifeboats were missing. There was water between the decks and the Galley was a mess.The stove was knocked out of place,cooking utensils were scattered around.Some cups of tea were o the table. Everything was soaked. A rope was found hanging over the side of the ship trailing in the water.
The crew from the Dei Gratia managed to get the Mary Celeste into port. When the cargo was unloaded, they found 9 of the barrels of alcohol empty.
What happened to the crew of the Mary Celeste? Some feel that the cargo became unstable and that the captain decided to trail behind the ship in the lifeboat until such time that it was safe to board. However, for some reason, the ship outdistanced the lifeboat leaving the crew helpless on the sea.
Others thought it was foul play, Mysterious blood stains were
found on three railings, and a blood stained sword was also found hidden under the
Captain's bed..Some think it was an abduction by a UFO,while still others think they were eaten by sharks while swimming in the sea.No one knows,The not knowing and the mystery of the empty ship sailing along without Captain and Crew has fascinated people to this day.