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The mystery of the Mary Celeste still endures 150 years on

By T.K. Randall
January 2, 2023 · Comment icon 32 comments

A painting of the Mary Celeste. Image Credit: PD
Nobody knows what became of the crew of the infamous ghost ship which was found adrift and deserted in 1872.
Discovered in the waters off the Azores in the Atlantic Ocean on December 4th of that year, the Mary Celeste - a merchant brigantine - was the focus of a mystery that still remains unsolved to this day.

The vessel was found adrift and abandoned under partial sail and with one of its lifeboats missing.

There was absolutely no sign of any of the crew and no indication of what might have happened to prompt them to abandon a ship that was, at the time of its discovery, still perfectly seaworthy.

Entries found in the ship's log indicated that it had left New York City for Genoa on November 7th, with the last log entry being ten days before the ship was found.
There had been a plentiful supply of food and provisions onboard and even the cargo was intact.

At the time, the fate of the crew of the Mary Celeste became a major point of contention, with theories put forward to explain their disappearance ranging from alcohol fumes to an attack by a giant squid.

After the ship was recovered, it ended up being put back into service and continued to serve under a new owner until it was deliberately wrecked off Haiti in 1885 as part of an insurance scam.

Even today, 150 years on from the disappearance of its original crew, no answers have been forthcoming and no trace of anyone who had been onboard was ever found.

Whether or not they reached wherever it was they had fled to remains a complete mystery.

Source: Boats News | Comments (32)

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Comment icon #23 Posted by Grim Reaper 6 3 months ago
Thanks for the information and that’s another reason I chose to find my own source of information which is the only explanation that has been scientifically investigated by building a replica and testing scenarios. I really get tired of people offering opinions with no sources to back them up, I will not discuss or argue someone’s opinion it’s the most ignorant and foolish thing anyone can do! Here is my source Solved: The Mystery of the Mary Celeste: and I am sticking with it until a source proves me wrong!  
Comment icon #24 Posted by Myles 3 months ago
An alcohol explosion is a good explanation and has been studied to show that it COULD have been the missing info.   But I doubt we will ever know for sure.  I would think that if the crew took a lifeboat, they would tie a rope to the ship and just stay close to the big ship.  
Comment icon #25 Posted by Abramelin 3 months ago
If you had bothered to check that wikipage, you'd have seen that reference 92 is the same link as you posted... My point: checking a wikipage, nowadays, isn't necessarily a bad start.
Comment icon #26 Posted by Grim Reaper 6 3 months ago
I actually did and yes it’s mentioned ,however the link located ‘at 92 doesn’t take you to the Article that I linked above. All it talks about is the Paper, the Express.The article I linked is direct from UCL University Is where  the testing was done. To be clear I did bother. Thanks 
Comment icon #27 Posted by Abramelin 3 months ago
Well, that ěs weird: the link of reference 92 takes me to exactly the same article you linked to:
Comment icon #28 Posted by Grim Reaper 6 2 months ago
No it’s not weird I have my head in my ass , I was tired last night I must have clicked the Daily Express link. Your point is well taken thanks fir providing the information!
Comment icon #29 Posted by Abramelin 2 months ago
Jesus, I thought it had something to do with international laws and scheise like that, so my link would sent you to an 'alternative' site. Ok, glad that's settled.
Comment icon #30 Posted by Grim Reaper 6 2 months ago
No, the problem is that I have not been sleeping well 4 hours a night for the last week and I have been a bit exhausted nothing nefarious just a lack of sleep. hope this clears things up. 
Comment icon #31 Posted by Abramelin 2 months ago
It does. If I don't drink strong beer (3 half-liter cans of 10.5 %) I sleep for no more than 3 hours a day. Ok. Back on topic.
Comment icon #32 Posted by Grim Reaper 6 2 months ago
For me it started occurring when I was first diagnosed with PTSD in 1999. One day I left Corps HQ just like any other day, went home kissed the wife, but I could not sleep that night at all. Well, it went on for 5 going on 6 days, and by then I was hearing things and hallucinating so I went to the Hospital on post. Well, they immediately admitted me, and gave me a sedative through IV that knocked me out for approximately 48 hours. When, I finally woke up, the doctor said that they had done a sleep study, and then another doctor came in and asked me questions for approximately 3 hours.   The ne... [More]

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