1) An 1861 painting of the “Mary Celeste,” when it was first known as the ship “Amazon,” artist unknown. They probably should’ve stuck with “Amazon.” 2) Benjamin Spooner Briggs, the vanished captain of the ill-fated Mary Celeste. 3) A photo of the Mary Celeste. 4) An artist’s rendering of the crew of the Dei Gratia sighting her. 5) Chart showing the Mary Celeste’s course and the Dei Gratia’s course and where the Dei Gratia overtook her.
The Mary Celeste is perhaps the most famous case of a “ghost ship.” However, when it was discovered adrift on December 5, 1872, no ghosts were found nor any human form for that matter, not Captain Briggs, his wife, his two-year-old daughter, nor the seven crew members. They remain forever missing. But what caused them to vanish? Theories range from seaquakes to hazardous cargo, to a giant squid attack, and even aliens… yes, aliens. We’re not saying it was aliens because we’d rather believe it was a giant squid. No matter what it was, the ship may have been doomed from the start, when seafaring superstitions were broken.
“The craft seemed possessed of the Devil to begin with, but where she got it I don’t know. I am sure it couldn’t have been from any of our good people.”
— Dr. John W. Dewis, son of Joshua Dewis, the builder of the Mary Celeste, from The Story of the Mary Celeste by Charles Edey Fay
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Mary Celeste: The Greatest Mystery of the Sea – http://bit.do/MaryCelesteBook
The World’s Greatest Unsolved Mysteries (Mysteries and Secrets) – http://bit.do/worldsgreatestmysteries
Capt Kirk and the Zumwalt – http://bit.do/captainkirk
The Smithsonian’s Take on the Mary Celeste – http://bit.do/smithsonianCeleste
HMS Friday – http://bit.do/hmsFriday
Maritime Superstitions – http://bit.do/maritimesuperstition
- The Captain of the Polestar by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – http://bit.ly/2avJYrN
The Ship’s Cat – http://bit.do/shipscat
- Dogs know when the shakin’s about to go down! – http://bit.ly/2aYEaIu
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Episode 042 – “The Mary Celeste – Ghost Ship (Part 1)” Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Edited by Sarah Vorhees, Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a,k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or “A.R.C.” for short. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2016. All Rights Reserved.