The Mystery of the Mary Celeste-Crew Vanishes from Seaworthy Ship
On 4 December, 1872, a ship now known as the Mary Celeste was found adrift in the choppy seas of the Atlantic.
The ship was in full sail and in sound and seaworthy condition with ample provisions, but when it was boarded it was found to be completely empty – the crew had vanished without a trace.
It is a mystery that has endured for more than 135 years.
In January 1885, a ship slammed into Rochelois Reef, and was wrecked off the island of Haiti.
The captain, Gilman Parker, sold the salvage rights to the American consul for $500, and made an insurance claim for the alleged value of the ship’s cargo.
This was the end of one of the most infamous ships to have sailed the seas, the Mary Celeste. However, it was the incident 13 years prior to Parker’s wrecking of the Mary Celeste that made it one