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The Mystery Ship

When I read this story it brought to mind all of those Dracula movies that I have seen where they show a ship coming into the harbor with no one alive aboard or a ship full of corpses. The American ship Mary Celeste was seen sailing erratically by Captain David Morehouse aboard the British brig Dei Gratia near the Azores Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. The strangest thing was that the ship was seaworthy and all of its stores and supplies were aboard and untouched but there was not a single living soul on the vessel.

On November 7, 1872, the Mary Celeste sailed from New York harbor heading for Genoa, Italy. Aboard the ship were Captain Benjamin S. Briggs, his wife, and two-year-old daughter and a crew of eight. The cargo consisted of about 1,700 barrels of crude alcohol. Then on December 4th the ship was spotted and once Captain Morehouse and his crew went aboard they found the ship abandoned. The sails were slightly damaged, in the hold were several feet of water and the lifeboat and navigational instruments were missing. The ship itself was alright, the cargo was there and there were reserves of food and water. However, it seemed a hasty retreat might have been made since the ship’s only lifeboat was gone.

When they looked at the captain’s log the last entry showed that the Mary Celeste had been nine days and 500 miles away from where it was finally found. by the Dei Gratia. It appeared that the ship had been drifting for 11 days toward Genoa which was its intended course with no one to steer her. Captain Briggs, his family, and the crew were never found and this remains a true mystery.  So what could have happened to them? Dracula and his vampires spirited them away, perhaps a UFO beamed them up or something much, much worse. 

  • Question /

    Do you think their spirits drift about somewhere in this world?

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  • Question /

    Could it be that for some reason the Captain and his family went into hiding?

    • Yes
    • No

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