Sitting low the hips, lading alcohol filled casks, for makers di vino, its designated task.
Sculling she was, sails torn but full, almost scudding, but yawning for sure.
Hailing at berth, 400 aloof, Captain Morehouse’s suspicions were soon met with the truth, that the “Mary Celeste” had lost her family and crew.
A tragic yarn of Mary Celeste’s entire crew, Captain Briggs, his wife and daughter can be found here. Of course, there are other tales based on this sad December 4, 1872, day over the Atlantic, including ( Inventor of Sherlock Holmes) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictitious account : “J. Habakuk Jephson’s Statement”. Numerous ghastly tales of siren, and soul, stem from the ship’s haunting lore as well, but best reserved for another time.
The “Mary Celeste”, originally called the “Amazon” (1861) seems to have suffered more mishaps, and unresolved mysteries during her 23 years afloat than any other ship’s recorded history.
Leaving a chilling wake of collision, skirmish, and ill-fated captain and crew, from her 1861, maiden voyage off Nova Scotia, to her refusal to die a “scuttled” death near Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, in 1884, “Mary Celeste, if not a “Ghost” ship is certainly one of intrigue and rune.
The remains of the “Mary Celeste” were located by my favorite “maritime writer” and one of my all time favorite adventure novelist, “Clive Cussler”, August 9, 2001.