The Mary Celeste was a British-American cargo and passenger two-masted vessel that was discovered on December 4, 1872 in the Atlantic Ocean completely unmanned. Its crew of 7 had disappeared. One life boat was missing. Everything was still in place when she was discovered. The boat had plenty of food and water aboard. All the crews personal belongs were still in place (they didn’t take their stuff with them) including valuables. None of the crew was ever seen or heard from again. It is one of the greatest maritime mysteries of all time.
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The ship was originally called the Amazon and was built in 1861. The first captain Robert McLellan died of pneumonia nine days after getting on the ship. This was its first dark event. The next captain was John Nutting Parker. He went out and was struck by another ship. He had to head back to port where the ship caught fire. The next captain also collided with another ship and was fired. In all, 3 captains died while sailing the ship. In 1829 they changed her name to the Mary Celeste.
The Mary Celeste was discovered by the ship Dei Gratia. She was about 600 miles west of Portugal. The chief mate of the Die Gratia went aboard the Mary Celeste and found it abandoned. All the ships papers were missing except the captain’s logbook.
A rope, perhaps the peak halyard, was found tied to the ship very strongly and the other end, very frayed, was trailing in the water behind the ship. –Wikipedia
The last owner of the Mary Celeste tried to get rid of her by crashing her overly insured cargo of cat food and scrap into the reefs in the Caribbean Sea. When the ship failed to sink he tried to burn it. The ship would not burn and was still sailable. The captain was arrested, but was never convicted because the punishment for intentional destruction of a vessel back then was death. The jury didn’t want to kill the man so they ended in deadlock.