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The crew that has disappeared without leaving a trace
The crew of the Brig Dei Gratia, gathered on deck, noted the erratic course which had the mysterious boat, to which a time before had seen to emerge as a small white spot on the gray horizon. Morehouse warned that the mysterious ship was, like his, a solidly rigged Brig; but this was only deployed two sails; the others appeared made shreds or were collected.
But the captain Morehouse soon find out why that boat was not sailing straight and uniform online: when the Dei Gratia was approached by the mysterious ship, the captain was able to verify that no one speaks at the helm, nobody did not appear on the cover, and in general, signs of life were not observed. Morehouse did signal, but no one answered from that unknown ghostly sailboat.
He ordered be lowered a boat and three men to trasbordaran; the three sailors, when they had approached the boat, shouted "boat Ah!... AHI of boat!» But they did not get response. The boat they moved to the stern of the sailboat and read the name that there was painted: Mary Celeste, New York.
The last time that you had seen the Mary Celeste was a month ago, on November 1, 1872, when the ship sailed from New York towards Genoa, carrying a load of 1700 barrels of raw alcohol. On board were the captain, Benjamin Spooner Briggs - an American of 37 years - first isu official, Albert Richardson, who commanded a crew composed of seven sailors. Also travelling on board Sarah, the wife of the captain, and small two-year-old daughter, Sophie. Briggs, a bearded, honest, Christian man, made his first trip in the Marv Celeste; previously been speaking, Captain of a boat and then a schooner; He earned his chance to send the Mary Celeste when the boat owner Consortium offered to play a role, the third part of the sailboat that was previously the name of The Amazon.
The Mary Celeste sailed from the East River in New York and put forward towards the Azores, which according to the book of on board were sighted on November 24. It was blowing a considerable galerna, something that was not sufficiently serious to worry about an experienced captain.
Ten days later, the boat of the Dei Gratia docked to a side of the Mary Celeste. Deveau and Wright examined the boat, and what they found did more to deepen the mystery. In the cabin of the captain was the Cabinet of Mrs. Briggs, manufactured from rosewood rose; the instrument appeared an open score.
In the crew cabins, the scene was also normal; the laundry hanging from a rope, which had put it to dry, and dry clothes piled on the bunks in order, as they speak it left. Deveau and Wright returned to their Brig and reported to Morehouse of their discoveries. The captain suggested that perhaps the Mary Celeste had been abandoned by his crew during a storm.
But Deveau asked do, then, with cough syrup bottle remained open on the table without spilling? And how not broke dishes and ornaments found in the cabin of the captain? A riot, suggested Morehouse; but in the Mary Celeste found no evidence that there had been a struggle; and also it was not unlikely that the mutineers abandon the boat together with their victims? Perhaps the boat had begun to make water, Deveau admitted that in the cellar water went up almost to a meter and that cover it lay abandoned the probe rod.
The captain could only use three of its seven crew members to drive to port to the Mary Celeste. Chose for this task to Deveau and sailors Augustus Anderson and Charles Lund. What constitutes a feat of nautical skill, the three men managed to lead to the Mary Celeste along 1,100 miles. Arriving, as British authorities of Gibraltar took care of the Mary Celeste and ordered an investigation. Morehouse, Deveau and his men were subjected to long interrogations.
Research found that nine barrels of alcohol were empty and that another was open: not would have I transgressed the crew through a binge? Deyeau patiently explained to the Commission that under the covers, the ship was in perfect order. But was the problem that baffled most researchers find convincing answers to these questions: do as the Mary Celeste could stay the course, without crew, for ten days and 926 kilometers?
When the Dei Gratia was matched with the mysterious ship, Morehouse was sailing bound for a port; the Mary Celeste was heading to starboard. According to the Commission, it was inconceivable that the Mary Celeste had sailed a long way with the sails such as Morehousefound him. The Gibraltar authorities were confident that the lifeboat of the Mary Celeste would appear soon, to respond to all questions.
Forty years later, in 1913. Howard Linford, director of a school in Hampstead, London, unveiled an amazing manuscript that a former employee of the College had left her inheritance. The employee was called Abel Fosdyk , and in his youth had made numerous trips in the Mary Celeste.
In the document that on his deathbed gave the head of the school, Fosdyk revealed that, although it was not officially registered among the passengers, had been one of the men who traveled on the Mary Celeste, whose tragedy was the only survivor. The manuscript of Fosdvk says that during the trip the captain Briggs found his small daughter playing near the bowsprit, the yerga protruding from the bow in the sailing ships. As it was not very insurance asked the Carpenter of the ship you a platform and that was the origin of the mysterious marks which, certainly, were observed in the Mary Celeste.
Later due to a discussion on the human ability to swim in the sea with clothes, the eccentric captain, in the heat of the discussion, jumped from the boat into the water to test his theory. The small crew down to the platform of the baby for a better view of the captain, when it did not withstand its weight and fell to the ocean where they were eaten by sharks.
Let's see what fate had the boat. When the investigating Commission of Gibraltar Court gave ended its work, the Mary Celeste returned to be available but the sailors refused to work on that ship they believed that it was a damn boat. There, a clear day with the calm sea, the captain put bow to a coral reef, where the boat was made pieces.
The attempted fraud was discovered and the captain and the entrepreneurs had to appear in court. The old helmet of the Mary Celeste wood would help, critical, invisible, on a remote Caribbean Reef.