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

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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!

 

Background:

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.

Ep 43: The Mary Celeste – Ghost Ship (Part 2)

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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. 6) A photo of a phial (vial) of sewing machine oil from the 1870’s, possibly similar to the one found on Sarah’s sewing machine. 7 & 8) Posters for the Bela Lugosi horror movie based on the story of the Mary Celeste

 

Background:

The mysterious disappearance of ten souls would not be the last of the misfortune to befall the ill-fated Mary Celeste. Insurance fraud, lost revenue, madness, and suicide would all become dreadful notches in the mast of her sad history, along with the premature deaths of three of her captains. Whether you believe in curses or not, often the best insurance is to leave fate untempted.

Tonight’s Quote:

“The sea has never been friendly to man. At most, it has been the accomplice of human restlessness.”

— Joseph Conrad, novelist

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Episode 043 – “The Mary Celeste – Ghost Ship (Part 2)” 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.

Ep 42: The Mary Celeste – Ghost Ship (Part 1)

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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.

 

Background:

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.

Tonight’s Quote:

“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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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.

Ep 5: Amelia Earhart Vanishes (Part 2)

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From left to right: Richard Martini's team digs at Aslito Airfield, Garapan Prison in Saipan, Freckle Cream Jar from Nikumaroro/Gardner Island, Abandoned Earhart Light on Howland Island (built to guide her in), Mike Harris & Richard Martini at what's left of the Catholic Church on Saipan where Robert Wallack found the briefcase, Old aerial photos of Gardner Island/Nikumaroro.

Background:

In the final episode of our 2 part special on Amelia Earhart's disappearance, we're going to get you up to speed on everything you need to know about all the hypotheses surrounding her story. Believe it or not, unlike a lot of shows in the mystery genre, we are prepared to actually draw a conclusion at the end of our show that we feel comfortable standing by after thoroughly investigating all of the research that has gone into the disappearance. This episode runs 2 hours because we just couldn't get everything into it in less time and it's hard not to become obsessed once you start taking a look at what happened to Amelia.

 

Legend:

Did Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan live short lives as castaways, or were they lost at sea after running out of fuel and ditching their Lockheed Electra 10E? Maybe they were taken prisoner, interrogated and eventually executed by the Japanese in Saipan? If none of those are right, maybe Amelia changed her identity and lived her days out as a woman named Irene Bolam who settled down in New Jersey?

This episode is part 2 of a special about aviation's most famous disappearance of all time, that of Amelia Earhart.

 
 

Related Books:

The search for Amelia Earhart
By Fred G Goerner
 

Credits:

Episode 005 - 'Amelia Earhart Vanishes (Part 2)' Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess, Ryan McCullough Sound Design, Scott Philbrook Editing. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2014, All Rights Reserved.

photo sources: Digging at Aslito Airfield, Capt. Cooper & Jerry Facey Assisting, Photo by: Robert Rustin, Garapan Prison, Earhart's last home? From Earhart On Saipan., Freckle Cream Jar, TIGHAR via Discovery ChannelEarhart Light, Flickr User JOANN94024 / CC BY-SA 3.0 , Catholic Church on Saipan, photo by Robert Rustin, from Earhart on Saipan, Old Aerial photos of Nikumaroro/Gardner Island, Public Domain.

Ep 4: Amelia Earhart Vanishes (Part 1)

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From left to right: Amelia Earhart in Electra, Amelia, Amelia as a little girl, Amelia in Ireland, Capt. Harry Manning, Earhart's Electra 10E, Earhart & Noonan, Electra crashed in Hawaii, Earhart's Lockheed Vega 5B, Group: Mantz, Earhart, Manning and Noonan 1939.

Background:

Amelia Earhart is one of the most famous aviators in the world and she flew into the history books in July of 1937 when she and her navigator, Fred Noonan, took off from Lae, Papua New Guinea for Howland Island. They never made it. Come with us on part 1 of this 2 part special while we take you back to what her life was really like in the years leading up to her vanishing.

 
 

LEGEND:

There are dozens of theories about Amelia's disappearance, most of which don't hold water, but there are three or four that any one of which proven true would make for one of the most fantastic tales ever told.

This episode is about aviation's most famous disappearance of all time, Amelia Earhart.

STORIES:

On Amelia Earhart:

 

Related Books:

The search for Amelia Earhart
By Fred G Goerner

Interesting Facts: Contrary to popular belief, Amelia was considered by many, including close friends, not to be a great pilot. Paul Mantz supposedly cited pilot error after their failed take-off in Hawaii (he later died of pilot error himself). Her lack of finesse was also apparent on various occasions when she would compete in air races and finish far in the field with a bouncy landing in front of all the spectators.

No one on Earth ever doubted her courage, however.

On Fred Noonan:

Interesting Facts: Noonan had reportedly wanted to open a navigation school and saw his participation in the circumnavigation as a way to generate interest. Unfortunately, he was lost at sea.

On Paul Mantz:

Interesting Facts: Paul Mantz became a movie stuntman and died filming 'Flight of the Phoenix'.

Credits:

Episode 004 - 'Amelia Earhart Vanishes (Part 1)' Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess, Ryan McCullough Sound Design, Scott Philbrook Editing. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2014, All Rights Reserved.

photo sources: Public Domain or Fair Use unless otherwise indicated, 1) Amelia in aft cabin with radio looking out over fuel tanks, 2) Amelia c. 1928, 3) Amelia as a little girl, 4) Amelia and her Lockheed Vega 5B after landing in Ireland, 5) Capt. Harry Manning in the SS America Chart Room, Smithsonian Institution, 6) Earhart's Electra 10E, 7) Earhart & Noonan on Circumnavigation, 8) Earhart's crash on first attempt in Hawaii, 9) Earhart's Lockheed Vega 5B at the Smithsonian by Sergio Citagirone (CC by SA 3.0), 10) Mantz, Earhart, Manning and Noonan, March 17th, 1939 just prior to first attempt take-off from Oakland for Hawaii where the trip would end.