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Mary Celeste (The Ghost Ship)Category: (general)
Monday, 11 April 2011
12:41:52 PM (GMT)
The Mary Celeste (or Marie Céleste as it is fictionally referred to by Sir Arthur
Conan Doyle and others after him) 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 phenomenon 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 for similar occurrences.

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