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.

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. From the Hardcover edition.

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.

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.

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.

A Great Sea Mystery - The True Story of the 'Mary Celeste'


Author: J. G. Lockhart
Publisher: Home Farm Books
ISBN: 1444655086
Category: History
Page: 170
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INTRODUCTION: No story of the sea has ever perplexed and fascinated men so strangely as the affair of the Mary Celeste. There is something about that conundrum of an empty ship, found in mid-ocean, with not a soul aboard and not a clue to explain what mischance had befallen her, which has never failed to draw to itself alike lovers of the sea and lovers of mysteries......Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900's and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

Mary Celeste

The Greatest Mystery of the Sea
Author: Paul Begg
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317865308
Category: History
Page: 304
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Mary Celeste is an iconic mystery - a perfectly seaworthy ship found wandering aimlessly at sea, her crew strangely and inexplicably missing. Paul Begg tells the story of the discovery of Mary Celeste and the people who vanished, and investigates over a century’s worth of speculation and survivors’ tales, searching for the facts behind one of the world’s great mysteries.

The Legend of the Mary Celeste and Other Poems


Author: Francis Kerr Young
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 1411655206
Category: Poetry
Page: 180
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The Legend of the Mary Celeste is a 4500-word poem about this ill-starred ship and the horrible events that caused her to be discoveredadrift and abandoned near the Azores in November 1872. The anthology of poems is in seven sections: A Medley of Sonnets on various subjects; Poems of West Virginia, Seafarers of the 20th Century, includes a voyage aboard the RMS Queen Mary; Whaâs like us? Humorous views and flashbacks of an exile Scot; Ballades and Villanelles, modern versions of 14th-century poems, and finally Recollections, works that reflect life, human nature, Mother Nature, humour, sadness, grief, war, and current events.

The Mary Celeste


Author: iMinds
Publisher: iMinds Pty Ltd
ISBN: 1921761210
Category: Science
Page: 5
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In December 1872, a ship was discovered in the Atlantic Ocean. The ship's sails were raised and it was in a seaworthy condition. Yet it appeared to be bobbing quite strangely rather than sailing. Upon closer inspection, it was discovered that the crew of the ship was missing. There was no sign of a struggle and the cargo had not been ransacked. What became of the crew has remained one of the sea's greatest mysteries for over 100 years.

The Mary Celeste

An Unsolved Mystery from History
Author: Jane Yolen,Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781439562949
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: N.A
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A young girl relates the facts that are known about the unexplained disappearance of the crew on the ship Mary Celeste in 1872, and challenges the reader to solve the mystery.

The Mary Celeste Syndrome

Ships from Which All Human Life Has Vanished
Author: John Pinkney
Publisher: john pinkney
ISBN: 9780987093561
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: N.A
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On January 9 2003 the Australian naval vessel HMAS Stuart found a 150-tonne craft High Aim 6 drifting deserted in the Indian Ocean. The captains reading glasses lay in the wheelhouse. Toothbrushes dangled from a rack. Clothes and wallets were undisturbed. Yet the skipper and his 10 crewmen had vanished without trace. After fruitlessly seeking clues, the Australians nicknamed the ship Mary Celeste. Despite massive sea-air searches the men were never found. The original Mary Celeste had created global speculation in 1872, when she was similarly discovered adrift and empty. Contemporary reports mistakenly described the mystery as a one-off. But as any painstaking researcher can confirm, Mary Celeste and High Aim 6 are part of a pattern - which has repeated itself across many centuries. A pattern of ships mysteriously stripped of all human life: a phenomenon whose meaning defies our understanding. Author John Pinkney has devoted his career to investigating such profound enigmas as the Mary Celeste syndrome. A host of similarly baffling cases can also be found in this unique book.

The Mystery of the Mary Celeste

The History of the American Merchant Vessel and the Disappearance of Its Crew
Author: Charles River Charles River Editors
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781985727359
Category:
Page: 68
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*Includes pictures *Includes accounts of the Mary Celeste written by those who sailed on it and those who found it *Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading *Includes a table of contents "In the month of December in the year 1873, the British ship Dei Gratia steered into Gibraltar, having in tow the derelict brigantine Marie Celeste, which had been picked up in latitude 38 degrees 40', longitude 17 degrees 15' W. There were several circumstances in connection with the condition and appearance of this abandoned vessel which excited considerable comment at the time, and aroused a curiosity which has never been satisfied." - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "J. Habakuk Jephson's Statement" People love mysteries, which is a good thing since history is so replete with them. This is especially true among seafaring people, and of all the mysteries of the deep, few rise to the level of the Mary Celeste. In many ways, it is a story more suited for an episode of The X-Files than it is for any history book. There is the unlucky ship that began her sailing career under a cloud of bad fortune and accident. Then there is that handsome young captain, a man appearing to be of the highest moral fiber who chose to travel with his wife and young daughter rather than carouse with loose women. His crew was small but faithful, and his First Mate was an old friend. They set sail for Genoa late in 1872 but arrived instead in the history books, lost suddenly to a mystery that remains unsolved to this day. The first indication that anything unusual had happened came on December 5 of that year, when the Mary Celeste was found by another ship, the Dei Gratia, sailing safely and intact but completely devoid of human beings. The bed was unmade and the captain's cabin a bit untidy, but otherwise there was no sign of struggle. Or was there? A sword turned up with spots that some thought must be blood, and there were also mysterious cuts on the ship's railing, but at the same time, the ship's provisions were almost entirely untouched, leading some to theorize pirates attacked the ship and others to believe all of it consisted of normal wear and tear? The Dei Gratia towed the Mary Celeste and brought it to an admiralty court to seek a salvage prize, and eventually the court could find no evidence of foul play. At the same time, it awarded the crew of the Dei Gratia only a fraction of what the ship had been insured for, a suggestion that the court didn't completely believe the crew's account. The mystery might have been forgotten altogether shortly after, but young Arthur Conan Doyle, who would eventually earn fame for his Sherlock Holmes mysteries, helped popularize the Mary Celeste and its mysterious fate with his fictional story "J. Habakuk Jephson's Statement." Naturally, as the story spread, so did the rumors and the theories. Some believed the crew mutinied, while others speculated that the boat's own owner had those on board killed. As the decades passed, men turned up claiming to have new information, but nothing definitive was ever confirmed. Given the mystery, over the years, whatever fear was trending in popular culture found its way into the Mary Celeste story. For example, sea monsters were blamed in the 19th century, and in the 20th century, some posited that aliens from outer space had captured the unfortunate passengers and swept them off to their home planet. While this might be among the less believable theories, none of the other theories can be completely proven either, ensuring that all of the theories (and new ones) will continue to form for as long as history remembers the story. The Mystery of the Mary Celeste: The History of the American Merchant Vessel and the Disappearance of Its Crew looks at one of America's most famous mysteries. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the Mary Celeste like never before.

The Saga of the Mary Celeste

Ill-fated Mystery Ship
Author: Stanley T. Spicer
Publisher: Nimbus Pub Limited
ISBN: 9781551094021
Category: Fiction
Page: 56
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Stanley T. Spicer is the author of numerous books and articles including Glooscap Legends and Captain From Fundy. He lives in Spencer's Island, Nova Scotia.

Mystery Ship

The Mary Celeste in Fancy and in Fact
Author: George Sands Bryan
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category:
Page: 319
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In the Wake of the Mary Celeste


Author: Gary Crew,Robert R. Ingpen
Publisher: Lothian Children's Books
ISBN: 9780734407283
Category: Shipwrecks
Page: 32
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In December 1872, the brigantine Mary Celeste was found adrift in the Atlantic. She was in full sail and in seaworthy condition, but had no crew aboard. So began one of the greatest mysteries of the sea. Why had the Mary Celeste been abandoned? Did the crew die in a mutiny? Or were more sinister forces to blame?