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Mary Celeste

The Greatest Mystery of the Sea, 1st Edition

By Paul Begg


304 pages

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Mary Celeste is an iconic mystery - a perfectly seaworthy ship found wandering aimlessly at sea, her crew strangely and inexplicably missing.

Paul Begg tells the story of the discovery of Mary Celeste and the people who vanished, and investigates over a century’s worth of speculation and survivors’ tales, searching for the facts behind one of the world’s great mysteries.


‘A fascinating read - one that goes well beyond mere detective story to make a subtle examination of the reasons why this case has lived on in the public consciousness.’

NUMAST Telegraph

‘A readable, intelligent, account of the history of the ship, the cast of characters and what is believed to be the recent discovery of wreckage identified as being part of Marie Celeste.’

World Ship Review

Table of Contents

List of maps and illustrations. Acknowledgements. 1 The ocean wanderer. 2 Spencer's Island. 3 Benjamin Spooner Briggs. 4 The crew. 5 The voyage. 6 Meet Mr Frederick Solly Flood. 7 Meanwhile. 8 Wild and fanciful tales. 9 From Hammer to Goon to postage stamp. 10 Other maritime mysteries. 11 Theories of abandonement. 12 Afterwards. 13 Mary Celeste - found? Appendix I J. Habakuk Jephson's statement. Appendix II Transcript of the Gibralter Proceedings. Appendix III Edge of the Sepia: The Life of George Mozart, by John Murray Gillings. Bibliography. Index.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General