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Ghost Ship

The Mary Celeste was the only unsolved mystery that I got into. The Mary Celeste, my beloved.

By Burnt BaguettesPublished 3 years ago 4 min read
Ghost Ship
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Ghost Ship

The Mary Celeste was the only unsolved mystery that I got into.

I hate unsolved mysteries. They give the creeps and make me wanna hide under the covers and never see the light of day again. Mary Celeste was one that interested me and since it happened in 1872 I should be fine. That was a long while ago, unlike some mysteries that happened in 2016 or something along those lines, it was a while ago, so it doesn’t scare me as much. I will now explain what happened to The Mary Celeste and why it is an unsolved mystery.

So on the fourth of December in 1872 a British American ship that went by the name of the Mary Celeste was found with no one on board, in the middle of the Atlantic ocean. It could still make it to its destination and the cargo was not touched or harmed in any way. Everything was that way, but a lifeboat (it is getting kind of juicy now). It is presumed that the crew and the people on board this lifeboat. The scary part is no one knows why the people on board left the boat and it was in a hurry for sure. The people who were on the Mary Celeste were Benjamin S. Briggs, his wife, Sarah, and their 2-year-old daughter, Sophia, along with eight crewmembers. So that was a lot of people and none of them could tell their story because they all were never seen again. That gives me the chill and that is for sure my three hundredths and one reason why I would not go on a boat across the middle of the Atlantic ocean.

Sometime in November of 1872 is when the boat that went by the name of the Mary Celeste set sail from New York and it was meant to land or sail to Genoa, Italy. The supplies on the boat were enough for six months. They were a sewing machine (when those were made, let me look, 1846) and piano, so they were living very luxurious lives on this boat. Reporters for the most part concur that to hasten the surrender of a fit for sailing transport, some uncommon and disturbing situation more likely than not emerged. The last entry or introduction on the log about the ship that was written in daily says nothing unusual and everything was in order in the ship.

Hypotheses over the course of the years have included rebellion, privateer assault, and an attack by a goliath octopus or ocean beast. As of late, researchers have represented the hypothesis that exhaust from liquor on board caused a blast that, because of a logical peculiarity, didn't leave behind indications of consuming, however, was alarming enough that Briggs requested everybody into the raft. I say they probably thought the ship was kicking the bucket and fled, but it wasn’t actually kicking the bucket and was probably a false alarm.

Mary Celeste was a 100-foot long brigantine made in Canada. It was initially an English enrolled transport with the name Amazon. She was dispatched on the eighteenth of May, 1861. After 7 years, in 1868, the boat changed hands and went into American enrollment and possession. This is the point at which she was renamed as Mary Celeste. For the next three years, the boat cruised a few times yet never had a dreary year until she set out for a sail in 1872, which ended up being the time of destruction for the boat. The boat was initially 25.5 feet in width, 99.3 feet long, and 11.7 feet inside and out, and had a load of 198.42 tons. A neighborhood consortium of 9 individuals initially claimed the boat. A man named Dewis headed the consortium while one of the accomplices was by the name Robert McLellan. McLellan was the principal chief of the boat. McLellan didn't remain as her skipper for long. He kicked the bucket in June 1861 as a result of chronic weakness. After his demise, John Nutting Parker turned into the new commander of Amazon. Parker secured the boat for a very long time. Between 1869 to 1872, Mary Celeste went through a significant underlying redesign with its length being expanded to 103 feet, its width expanded to 25.7 feet and its profundity expanded to 16.2 feet. The expansion inside and out permitted the expansion of a subsequent deck. After the upgrade, the heaviness of the boat expanded to 282.28 tons.

Just because of this unsolved ghost ship mystery I am never going on a boat or out of my house for that matter. Even if the people from the Mary Celeste survived, they would be dead, no doubt about that. It’s been almost over 150 years since this happened, so hands down all of them have kicked the bucket, but it’s an interesting unsolved mystery.


About the Creator

Burnt Baguettes

I like to write sad, dystopian lesbian love stories. That is all you really need in life.

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