It was a winter morning in 1872, Benjamin Briggs was on his way to Italy from New York harbour with his ship Mary Celeste. His wife Sarah and their two-year-old daughter Sophie were along with him. Crew was made of eight men. Cargo consisted of nearly two thousand barrels of alcohol. The ship went far away… and someday later Captain Morehouse of the ship Dei Gratia saw the abandoned Mary Celeste. She was all empty, not a single person was inside her. Her sails had a very little damage and the lifeboats were missing. Surprisingly, no one took the cargo and reserves of food and water.
But Captain Briggs, his family, and the crew of the vessel vanished without a trace and the reason for the abandonment of the Mary Celeste is not yet known.
Although there are six theories made based on observations, which were also court statements are given below, which do you think is believable?
1. The Drunk Crew Theory
Since the cargo was alcohol, some said that the crew had got violently drunk, and killed everyone in the ship and escaped with the lifeboat. But later it was proved that the alcohol wasn’t consumable. And also, why would the crewmates have to escape in a lifeboat, they should have thrown the dead bodies to the sea.
2. The Witness is a Criminal Theory
The captain of ship Dei Gratia, found the abandoned Mary Celeste for the first time. There are chances that, crew of Dei Gratia attacked Mary Celeste in the first place. They did this to get the salvage money for saving and reporting.
3. The Fake Death Theory
Another theory came up stating that captain Briggs and his family are faking deaths, they worked along with the Captian of Dei Gratia, to share the salvage money.
So, a giant UFO landed on the ship, abducted the crew and captain Briggs and went back to space to conduct experiments on humans, Of course!
5. Sea is the Villain
Perhaps the sea is the villain in the story? There might have been a tornado in the sea and Briggs thought the ship was about to sink, being afraid he might have ordered everyone to get in the lifeboats and they went far far away?
6. Alcoholic fumes
There might have been a small leakage of the alcohol in the cargo, which signed an incoming damage to the ship and the crew. The alcoholic fumes were toxic, and the Briggs might have ordered to temporarily abandon the ship. And the rope that tied Mary Celeste to the boat, became undone or cut off, leaving them in the broad wide sea.
Arthur Conan Doyle, took this incident of Mary Celeste as an inspiration to make his version of the story titled J. Habakuk Jephson’s Statement. Sherlock Holmes said to Watson:
“Sophia Matilda Briggs was not the name of a young woman, Watson, said Holmes in a reminiscent voice. It was a ship which is associated with the giant rat of Sumatra, a story for which the world is not yet prepared”
Sophia-Matilda Briggs was the daughter of Benjamin Briggs, captain of the Mary Celeste.