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The Mary CelesteCategory: (general)
Friday, 12 November 2010
12:08:03 PM (GMT)
The Mary Celeste was a brigantine merchant ship famous for having been discovered on
4 December, 1872 in the Atlantic Ocean unmanned and apparently abandoned, despite the
fact that the weather was fine and her crew had been experienced and able seamen. The
Mary Celeste was in seaworthy condition and still under sail heading towards the
Strait of Gibraltar. She had been at sea for a month and had over six months' worth
of food and water on board. Her cargo was virtually untouched and the personal
belongings of passengers and crew were still in place, including valuables. The crew
was never seen or heard from again. Their disappearance is often cited as the
greatest maritime mystery of all time.

The fate of her crew has been the subject of much speculation. Theories range from
alcoholic fumes, to underwater earthquakes, to waterspouts, to paranormal
explanations involving extraterrestrial life, unidentified flying objects (UFOs), sea
monsters, and the phenomena of the Bermuda Triangle, although the Mary Celeste is not
known to have sailed through the Bermuda Triangle area. The Mary Celeste is often
described as the archetypal ghost ship, since she was discovered derelict without any
apparent explanation, and her name has become a synonym in British culture for
similar occurrences.

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