Mary celeste a ghost ship

Wikimedia Commons On December 5, while sailing through rough weather, the British brig Dei Gratia sighted a seemingly abandoned ship drifting through the Atlantic near the Azores Islands about 1, miles west of Portugal.

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Having ruled out the impossible and unlikely, MacGregor turned to what she could verify: the ship's logs. The logbook was found in the first mates' cabin and the final entry logged had been entered at 8 in the morning on November 25th, nine days prior to the ship being found.

Strangely after almost a month of her sail, on December 4, a British Empire vessel named Dei Gratia found the Mary Celeste off the coast of Portugal.

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Finally, in , documentarian Anne MacGregor began to investigate. A sudden breeze could have blown the ship away from the occupants of the yawl, leaving them to succumb to the elements. What this shows is that despite the water in the hold, the damage to pump and sails etc. He suggested that Briggs abandoned ship after a sounding that, because of a malfunction of the pumps or other mishap, had given a false impression that the vessel was taking on water rapidly. A new captain, Thomas L. We know that there had been a lot of stormy weather during their crossing of the Atlantic, which may or may not have had some telling effect on the workings of the ship or stability and safety of the cargo of highly flammable and explosive alcohol. The main cargo hatch was sealed, but a forward hatch had been left open. In fact, some of them went bankrupt. How did the crew of the ship Mary Celeste disappear without a trace? He wrote that he saw nothing unusual about the voyage until the last five days, which is why he transcribed the ship's log starting five days from the end. After leaving New York, the Mary Celeste battled its way through treacherous seas and howling winds for two weeks.

Also there was no sign of violence on the ship. Lucy, whose informant, allegedly, was Mary Celeste's former bosun [] —no such person is recorded in the registered crew list. But perhaps the rope attaching the lifeboat to the ship came undone and the ten people on-board were left to the dreadful immensity of the ocean.

Ironically, this British registered brigantine was also setting sail for Genoa in Italy, via Gibraltar.

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Belowdecks, the ship's charts had been tossed about, and the crewmen's belongings were still in their quarters. Anne MacGregor's Documentary Recreation This shows that the ship most probably sailed itself on a natural path almost to what it would have with a crew on board.

The ghost of the mary celeste

Two weeks later, with a locally raised crew headed by Captain George Blatchford from Massachusetts, she left Gibraltar for Genoa. Wikimedia Commons On December 5, while sailing through rough weather, the British brig Dei Gratia sighted a seemingly abandoned ship drifting through the Atlantic near the Azores Islands about 1, miles west of Portugal. Navigational implements, including a sextant, were missing from the bridge. From the name on her stern the pair established that this was the Mary Celeste; [45] they then climbed aboard, where they found the ship deserted. I think this can quickly be ruled out. Benjamin Briggs, captain of Mary Celeste. A new captain, Thomas L. If they had leaked during the voyage then vapours could have built up and caused an explosion of some magnitude. Sea monsters and waterspouts were also proposed. She apparently looked abandoned although still under sail. Maybe it was just a snap judgement on his part and he tried desperately to make everything prove him right and failed. The ship's condition—intact and with full cargo—seemed to rule out pirates.

During her first decade of operations, she was involved in several misadventures and passed through many changes of ownership. But there was no sign of violence.

A mishap may then have occurred in the longboat, causing all to perish.

Mary celeste a ghost ship

The low barometric pressure generated by the spout could have driven water from the bilges up into the pumps, leading the crew to assume the ship had taken on more water than she had, and was in danger of sinking. He renamed the ship Marie Celeste, the captain's name was J. Mary Celeste would sail under different owners for 12 years before its last captain deliberately ran it aground in Haiti as part of an attempted insurance fraud. One theory bandied about in the 19th century held that crew members drank the alcohol onboard and mutinied; after interviewing crewmen's descendants, MacGregor deemed that scenario unlikely. Perhaps the ship came across a tornado or a violent quake that caused superficial damage, leading the crew to think, mistakenly, they were about to sink. But where did he, and everyone else, go? What made Captain Briggs decide to man the lifeboat rather than stay aboard his ship? A mishap may then have occurred in the longboat, causing all to perish. David Wright, the affair's principal historian, has described the case as " Even the personal belongings including valuables were untouched. No traces of fire or soot were found on the ship. With the pump inoperative, Briggs would not have known how much seawater was in his ship's hull, which was too fully packed for him to measure visually. He ordered his first mate and 2 of his most experienced sailors to man the salvaged ship, while he and the other 4 crewmen remained aboard the Dei Gratia. Although there was more than 3 feet 1 metre of water in the hold—an amount that would not have caused panic—the vessel was seaworthy. As early as June , the Los Angeles Times retold the Mary Celeste story with invented detail: "Every sail was set, the tiller was lashed fast, not a rope was out of place
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What Became of the Mary Celeste 'Ghost Ship'?