|The Mary Celeste - Fact Not Fiction
An introduction to the story
One the greatest legends of the sea is the mystery of the brigantine the Marie Celeste, which according to common knowledge was discovered at sea totally deserted.
The master and crew had suddenly vanished into thin air. Their clothing was found perfectly dry and a phial of oil was found balanced on a sewing machine in the Captains Cabin. The legend tells of steaming mugs of tea, breakfasts half eaten, a clock turning backwards, and the ships cat.
What happened to the people? Were they abducted by aliens? Did a monster of the deep swallow them ? Did they visit the twilight zone?
There is of course a simple explanation, the strange things listed above are all inventions AFTER the event and never happened.
The first thing to note is that the real ships name was ther MARY CELESTE and this website deals with the true story, fact, not fiction regarding the genuine mysterious happenings connnected with that ship
Today we perceive court hearings as being an adversarial battle between slick lawyers. We might watch real defendants answering questions in court live by satellite from the other end of the earth. In this Admiralty inquiry there was no need for DNA evidence regarding the 'blood' on the sword, 19th Century chemistry was quite adequate.
Despite todays technology bringing the court into our living room, the testimony of honest seafaring men in 1872 carries more sincerity, and is easier to accept at face value. So, working from a basis of the facts rather than the fiction of a legend, here is the story from a different angle; let us forget the myths, lets even forget the mystery, for in reality, there is very little.
Let us, however, remember that behind the inventions of the many people who have written about this poor unfortunate vessel, adding to the story as they went along, there was the real tragedy of an error of judgment which cost an otherwise exemplary Ships Captain his vessel, his life, the lives of his crew, and those of his wife and young child.
These were real people, not fictional characters, who perished at sea at a time when radio communications were unknown. Weather was something that could only be experienced or looked at historically, not viewed in real-time on a computer screen. There were no weather forecasts, storm warnings and life on the sea was all the more perilous because of that.
So prepare to discard what you think you know as its probably wrong.