A seaworthy ship in near perfect condition drifting on it own without any traces of her crew – well, that’s the story of Mary Celeste. Becoming the hallmark of one-of-a-kind mystery, Mary Celeste became the center of heated debate and ironically, none of the parties have own it with a conclusive argument that can be widely accepted. So, this article titled 30 interesting Mary Celeste facts is going to walk you through the line of events that took place in late 19th century and eventually stockpiled to become yet another mystery that remains unsolved to this date!
Interesting Mary Celeste Facts: 1-10
1. Mary Celeste was a 100-foot long brigantine made in Canada. It was originally a British-registered ship with the name Amazon. She was launched on 18th of May, 1861.
2. 7 years later, in 1868, the ship changed hands and went into American registration and ownership. This is when she was renamed as Mary Celeste.
3. For next three years, the ship sailed several times but never had an uneventful year until she set out for sail in 1872, which turned out to be the year of doom for the ship.
4. The ship was originally built to be 25.5 feet in width, 99.3 feet in length and 11.7 feet in depth and had a weight of 198.42 tons.
5. A local consortium of 9 people originally owned the ship. A man named Dewis headed the consortium while one of the partners was by the name Robert McLellan. McLellan was the first captain of the ship.
6. McLellan didn’t stay as her captain for long. He died in June 1861 because of poor health. After his death, John Nutting Parker became the new captain of Amazon. Parker commandeered the ship for two years.
7. Amazon came under the captaincy of William Thompson in 1863 and stayed under his command till 1867.
8. In October 1867, Amazon was hit by a storm at Cate Breton Island and incurred serious damages. Following the event, she was abandoned as a wreck by her owners.
9. A man from Nova Scotia’s Glace Bay by the name of Alexander McBean acquired Amazon as a derelict on October 15 the same year.
10. A local businessman purchased Amazon from McBean in November and the same month next year, the businessman sold the ship to American Mariner named Richard W. Haines for a price of USD 1,750.