Ep 44: The Mary Celeste – Ghost Ship (Part 3)


Photo Gallery:


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 chart of the Currents in the Azores. 4) Chart showing the Mary Celeste’s course and the Dei Gratia’s course and where the Dei Gratia overtook her. 5) The Seaquake Article from the Leavenworth Newspaper in Kansas 6) A Waterspout (P.D.) 7) An engraving by Hendrik Hondius showing the Dancing Plague (P.D.) 8) Painting by Matthias Grünewald of a patient suffering from advanced ergotism (P.D.) 9) The MV Joyita as she was found (unknown) 10) The Kaz II as she was found. 11) Architeuthis (Giant Squid) (P.D.) 12) Architeuthis sanctipauli rendering based on a specimen found washed ashoer in Ile Saint-Paul in 1863 13) The Alecton attempts to capture a giant squid off Tenerife in 1861 from Henry Lee’s Sea Monsters Unmasked, London, 1884. 14) The Beak of a Giant Squid (P.D.) 15) Triplewort Seadevil (P.D.) 16) Captain Kirk holding a dead Tribble which was killed by a poison in the quadrotriticale, much like ergot might have killed someone eating grain. 17) A googley eyed Stubby Squid!



Whatever the confluence of unfortunate events that caused those on board the Mary Celeste to abandon her, one can surmise two possible final fates for them: either they perished in a maelstrom of sudden violence, or they died a languishing death of attrition. These two perils every sailor must acknowledge for the sea is a merciless mistress, but too cruel to imagine for the likes of a mother and child. If you wish to contemplate the mystery of the Mary Celeste, you would do well to remember the saying, the sea does not give up her secrets and as we’ve seen, she will often not part with her dead.

Tonight’s Quote:

“Duty is the great business of a sea officer; all private considerations must give way to it, however painful it may be.”

— Lord Horatio Nelson

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Episode 044 – “The Mary Celeste – Ghost Ship (Part 3)” 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.