Frank E Gibbard Posted April 30, 2013 Share Posted April 30, 2013 Background research gleaned from the WWW on my subject the ship called Mary Celeste often wrongly named by people by the wrong name Marie. It was 9am on the morning of Friday, December 13th 1872 when people on the waterfront saw a small two-masted sailing vessel entering the Bay of Gibraltar. The ship was the 'Mary Celeste' of New York, a Canadian built 100 foot brigantine of 282 tons registered in New York. The registered owners were James H Winchester, Sylvester Goodwin, and Benjamin Spooner Briggs. Her master, Biggs was known in Gibraltar to be a staunch abstainer and devout bible reader. At the inquiry the ship's main owner James Henry Winchester gave evidence that the Captain was a courageous officer who would not desert his ship except to save his life. The second-in-command, the Mate, was Albert Richardson, who was also considered by Winchester to be fit to command himself. But of the good Captain Briggs, his wife Sarah, two year old daughter Sophia Matilda, and the crew of seven, nothing was to be seen or found ever again. And so begins the greatest of mysteries, or at least it might seem. \/ to my poem penultimate one for April's NPM:- Mystery and Myth Nature abhors a vacuum. Man adores an intriguing mystery. Many famous in record make a fascinating history. What happened to The Mary Celeste? Marine puzzle of her abandonment never put to rest since 1872 that and a missing crew put this sailing story in our view. What afflicted that brigantine? None could say or ever knew. Vacuum, emptiness, a blank, a void, a darkness demands we let in light, mystery shalt walk the plank, there be sea monsters and were before a Bermudan Triangle was ere to tangle with. Who was Jack the Ripper? We're unlikely to get to know, meanwhile those lists of likely suspects will just grow and grow. Is there really an old dinosaur in Loch Ness? Sasquatches big footing it all over American wildernesses or yetis abominably apalling in Nepal? Or crackpot myths, just silly sillinesses? I'll tell you what my best guess is, to this skeptic, not really a mystery... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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