The Ghost of the Mary Celeste

A Novel
Author: Valerie Martin
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0385533519
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
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A captivating, atmospheric return to historical fiction that is every bit as convincing and engrossing as Martin's landmark Mary Reilly. In 1872 the American merchant vessel Mary Celeste was discovered adrift off the coast of Spain. Her cargo was intact and there was no sign of struggle, but the crew was gone. They were never found. This maritime mystery lies at the center of an intricate narrative branching through the highest levels of late-nineteenth-century literary society. While on a voyage to Africa, a rather hard-up and unproven young writer named Arthur Conan Doyle hears of the Mary Celeste and decides to write an outlandish short story about what took place. This story causes quite a sensation back in the United States, particularly between sought-after Philadelphia spiritualist medium Violet Petra and a rational-minded journalist named Phoebe Grant, who is seeking to expose Petra as a fraud. Then there is the family of the Mary Celeste's captain, a family linked to the sea for generations and marked repeatedly by tragedy. Each member of this ensemble cast holds a critical piece to the puzzle of the Mary Celeste. These three elements—a ship found sailing without a crew, a famous writer on the verge of enormous success, and the rise of an unorthodox and heretical religious fervor—converge in unexpected ways, in diaries, in letters, in safe harbors and rough seas. In a haunted, death-obsessed age, a ghost ship appearing in the mist is by turns a provocative mystery, an inspiration to creativity, and a tragic story of the disappearance of a family and of a bond between husband and wife that, for one moment, transcends the impenetrable barrier of death.

Ghost Ship

The Mysterious True Story of the Mary Celeste and Her Missing Crew
Author: Brian Hicks
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9780345478351
Category: History
Page: 304
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On December 4th, 1872, a 100-foot brigantine was discovered drifting through the North Atlantic without a soul on board. Not a sign of struggle, not a shred of damage, no ransacked cargo—and not a trace of the captain, his wife and daughter, or the crew. What happened on board the ghost ship Mary Celeste has baffled and tantalized the world for 130 years. In his stunning new book, award-winning journalist Brian Hicks plumbs the depths of this fabled nautical mystery and finally uncovers the truth. The Mary Celeste was cursed as soon as she was launched on the Bay of Fundy in the spring of 1861. Her first captain died before completing the maiden voyage. In London she accidentally rammed and sank an English brig. Later she was abandoned after a storm drove her ashore at Cape Breton. But somehow the ship was recovered and refitted, and in the autumn of 1872 she fell to the reluctant command of a seasoned mariner named Benjamin Spooner Briggs. It was Briggs who was at the helm when the Mary Celeste sailed into history. In Brian Hicks’s skilled hands, the story of the Mary Celeste becomes the quintessential tale of men lost at sea. Hicks vividly recreates the events leading up to the crew’s disappearance and then unfolds the complicated and bizarre aftermath—the dark suspicions that fell on the officers of the ship that intercepted her; the farcical Admiralty Court salvage hearing in Gibraltar; the wild myths that circulated after Sir Arthur Conan Doyle published a thinly disguised short story sensationalizing the mystery. Everything from a voodoo curse to an alien abduction has been hauled out to explain the fate of the Mary Celeste. But, as Brian Hicks reveals, the truth is actually grounded in the combined tragedies of human error and bad luck. The story of the Mary Celeste acquired yet another twist in 2001, when a team of divers funded by novelist Clive Cussler located the wreck in a coral reef off Haiti. Written with the suspense of a thriller and the vivid accuracy of the best popular history, Ghost Ship tells the unforgettable true story of the most famous and most fascinating maritime mystery of all time.

Breaking History: Vanished!

America's Most Mysterious Kidnappings, Castaways, and the Forever Lost
Author: Sarah Pruitt
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1493030612
Category: History
Page: 240
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A front row seat to the breaking news, photos and hype surrounding history's most mysterious disappearances. Breaking History books offer a front row seat to history as it broke (like “breaking news”) and give the blow-by-blow of historical discovery—what we learned, when we learned it, who made the discovery, and how. Vanished! is an illustrated tour of history’s most confounding cases of disappearance from Amelia Earhart to Jimmy Hoffa; DB Cooper; Alcatraz escapists Frank Morris, John Anglin, and Clarence Algin; Jim Thompson; Judge Joseph Force Crater; and more. Starting with the first 30 days surrounding each incident, and then looking at efforts up to this very day to solve each case, this book covers in photos and text history’s most perplexing vanishings.

The Mary Celeste - Legend, Evidence and Truth


Author: Stan Mason
Publisher: Andrews UK Limited
ISBN: 1783334479
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 280
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The Mary Celeste…..one of the greatest sea mysteries never resolved until now. How was it possible for an experienced Captain, with his wife and daughter aboard, plus the crew to simple vanish and never be found. This books examines the ship from start to finish involving the Genesis of the Legend, the Start of the Spate, the Professional Theorists, the Modern Masters, the Evidence, the Captain and Crew, the Discovery of the Derelict, the Testimony, Further Evidence, the Follow Through, the Home Run, the Cause and Effect, and the Final Claim. It then identifies the Simple Truth which brings forth the solution to this mystery.

The Story of the "Mary Celeste"


Author: Charles Edey Fay
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780486257303
Category: Transportation
Page: 261
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Intriguing unsolved riddle of famed 19th-century "ghost ship" abandoned on high seas by captain, crew, and passengers, with only signs that the ship had been abandoned in haste. Author dispels many misconceptions and theories (storms, piracy, mutiny, icebergs) with convincing arguments and careful documentation.

Mary Celeste

The Greatest Mystery of the Sea
Author: Paul Begg
Publisher: Pearson Education
ISBN: 9781405836210
Category: History
Page: 289
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The definitive account of the world's most famous maritime mystery. Wreckage of the ship was found a couple of years ago - reawakening interest in the story No new book written on the subject for many years

Ghosts

The Complete Guide to the Supernatural
Author: Zachary Graves
Publisher: Canary Press eBooks
ISBN: 1908698128
Category: History
Page: N.A
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At one time or another, most people have experienced a creepy, spine-tingling sensation they can’t explain. Science may rationalize these fears, blaming a natural fear of the unknown, an open window or a drafty doorway, but millions of people believe there is much more to it than that – and who can say they are wrong? Glamis Castle in Scotland, made famous by Shakespeare’s Macbeth is said to be haunted by a whole host of ghostly residents. Dracula’s castle in Transylvania, another spooky literary hub, is perhaps one of the most nerve-wracking places on earth. Ghosts traces the cultural and literary origins of the paranormal, uncovers the dark secrets beneath the myths and untangles the enigma of the supernatural. Contents: ghosts and poltergeist, the afterlife and immortality. Ghost messengers paranormal/supernatural:exorcisms, vampires. ghost-hunting Halloween, seances, ouija board. True ghost stories: Amityville Murders, Tower of London, Resurrection Mary, Pendle Hill, Glamis Castle, Dracula’s Castle. Films: Ghost, The Ring, The Grudge, The Woman in Black, Poltergeist, The Sixth Sense, What Lies Beneath, Just Like Heaven, Sleepy Hollow, White Noise, Ghostbusters.

The Mary Celeste


Author: Brian Freemantle
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1453226699
Category: Fiction
Page: 204
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Brian Freemantle resolves one of the greatest maritime mysteries of all time What happened to the Mary Celeste? A merchant vessel sailing out of New York with an Italy-bound shipment of commercial alcohol, the brigantine began her fateful journey in November 1872. One month later she was sighted on an apparent return course, her sails set but torn, her deck abandoned. The ship was in good condition, with her cargo intact. There was no sign of an attack, but the crew had vanished. What was to follow spawned the most famous maritime ghost story of all time: Convinced of murder and mystery, the British court investigator suppressed evidence to bolster his case. Rumors abounded of sea monster attack, Barbary Coast piracy, and the crew having been sucked from the vessel as it sailed over the site of the fabled Atlantis. Regardless, the mystery remained unsolved. Until now. In this thrilling retelling, Brian Freemantle depicts for the first time how the truth was turned into fantasy and legend, largely through the imagination of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Brian Freemantle including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton


Author: Edith Wharton
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439188521
Category: Fiction
Page: 304
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One might not expect a woman of Edith Wharton's literary stature to be a believer of ghost stories, much less be frightened by them, but as she admits in her postscript to this spine-tingling collection, "...till I was twenty-seven or -eight, I could not sleep in the room with a book containing a ghost story." Once her fear was overcome, however, she took to writing tales of the supernatural for publication in the magazines of the day. These eleven finely wrought pieces showcase her mastery of the traditional New England ghost story and her fascination with spirits, hauntings, and other supernatural phenomena. Called "flawlessly eerie" by Ms. magazine, this collection includes "Pomegranate Seed," "The Eyes," "All Souls'," "The Looking Glass," and "The Triumph of Night."

Air & Sea Mysteries


Author: Sue L. Hamilton
Publisher: ABDO Publishing Company
ISBN: 1617843210
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 32
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Provides an opportunity to study some of the world's most interesting unsolved mysteries.

Die Musik der verlorenen Kinder

Roman
Author: Mary Morris
Publisher: Aufbau Digital
ISBN: 3841211429
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
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Die Musik war ihre einzige Liebe – bis sie einander fanden. Amerika, um 1920: Fasziniert von der neuen Musik, die ganz Chicago erobert, widersetzt sich Benny Lehrman dem Willen seines Vaters und kämpft darum, Pianist werden zu dürfen. Im Nachtclub der Familie der jungen Pearl findet er Zuflucht, Freundschaft – und erlebt seine erste Liebe. Doch schon bald steht er vor der Wahl zwischen der Musik und denen, die ihm nahestehen. Das dramatische Schicksal zweier Familien in den Roaring Twenties – so mitreißend wie eine Nacht voller Musik. „Eine schillernde Geschichte voller Poesie und Feuer.“ New York Times.

Shipwreck


Author: DK
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd
ISBN: 1405359080
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 72
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Did you know early lighthouses were used up to 3,000 years ago with woodfires on headlands? Dive deep into the underwater world of shipwrecks, find out the most common causes of sinking and see inside spectacular wrecks full of ancient secrets fromaround the world.

Strange Mysteries

From Around the World
Author: Seymour Simon
Publisher: StarWalk Kids Media
ISBN: 1623342708
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 64
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Discover nine bizarre-but-true incidents: a shower of fish and frogs from the sky; buried treasure that remains untouched, even though its exact location is known; the sudden and unexplained disappearance of a ship's crew; and more! Illustrated by 13 photos and drawings, these unsolved mysteries will captivate readers of all ages.

Mystery of the Mary Celeste


Author: Krasner, Barbara
Publisher: ABDO
ISBN: 1680772414
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 48
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Get closer to solving the mystery of the Mary Celeste with this riveting title. Learn about leading theories, important clues, and study the evidence to develop your on conclusions about the disappearance of this ship.

England und andere Stories

Erzählungen
Author: Graham Swift
Publisher: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag
ISBN: 3423429461
Category: Fiction
Page: 336
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Feinsinnige Geschichten – mitten aus dem Leben Warum bricht es einem Vater fast das Herz, als er auf seiner wöchentlichen Einkaufstour eine Packung Fusilli in den Wagen legt? Was geht einem Zwölfjährigen durch den Kopf, bevor er seiner Mutter das Küchenmesser klaut? Was hält eine junge Ehefrau davon ab, das beste Hemd ihres Mannes zu waschen? Es sind Alltagsszenen, fragile Augenblicke und Gefühle, die Graham Swift mit klarer Sprache ertastet wie Gebilde aus sehr dünnem Glas. Stets sind es die scheinbar unbedeutenden, fast beiläufigen Begebenheiten, die Duldsamkeit ein Ende setzen, Aufbruch verheißen, Lebenswegen eine neue Richtung geben.

The Valiant Few


Author: Dave Wilkinson
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1462809227
Category: History
Page: N.A
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