by:William T

Mary Celeste was launched in Nova
 Scotia in 1860. Her original name
           was "Amazon".
         The MARY CLESTE

• She was 103 ft overall displacing 280 tons
  and listed as a half-brig. Over the next 10
  years she was involved in several accidents
  at sea and passed through a number of
  owners.After extensive repairs she was put
  under American registry and renamed
  "Mary Celeste".
         The MARY CLESTE

• A British Board of Inquiry in Gibraltar
  gathered evidence and testimony from the
  boarding party that had discovered Mary
  Celeste as a drifting derelict. Lack of
  evidence of violence ruled out piracy or foul
  play, but no conclusions as to the fate of the
  mortals aboard was forthcoming
         The MARY CLESTE

• Newspapers in America and England took
  little passing notice of the incident, and it
  soon faded from public interest as the loss
  of a small ship at sea was not not
  uncommon in those days.
         The MARY CLESTE

• The popular mystery of the Mary Celeste
  did not begin until 1884 when Arthur Conan
  Doyle writing under a pseudonym published
  a story about a derelict ship which he called
  "Marie Celeste". It was titled "J. Habakkuk
  Jepson's Statement".
         The MARY CLESTE

• This tale recounted some of the actual
  events of the Mary Celeste with
  considerable added fictional and
  provocative detail which stirred up
  controversy and captured the public interest.
  Since then, and to this day, no two versions
  of the story are the same.
                  The MARY CLESTE

• The Mary Celeste was found adrift by the
  captain and crew of the Deo Gratia on
  December 4, 1872. When three of the crew
  boarded, they found the ship empty of the
  captain, Benjamin Spooner Briggs, his wife,
  Sarah, their 2-year-old daughter Sophia, and
  seven crew members. There was no sign of
  violence or of a voluntary planned
  departure, but Captain


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