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KF5JRV > TODAY    04.12.18 13:45l 29 Lines 1397 Bytes #5 (0) @ WW
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Subj: Today in History - Dec 04
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Sent: 181204/1229Z 26274@KF5JRV.#NWAR.AR.USA.NA BPQ6.0.17

The Dei Gratia, a small British brig under Captain David Morehouse,
spots the Mary Celeste, an American vessel, sailing erratically but at
full sail near the Azores Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. The ship was
seaworthy, its stores and supplies were untouched, but not a soul was
onboard.

On November 7, the brigantine Mary Celeste sailed from New York harbor
for Genoa, Italy, carrying Captain Benjamin S. Briggs, his wife and
two-year-old daughter, a crew of eight, and a cargo of some 1,700
barrels of crude alcohol. After the Dei Gratia sighted the vessel on
December 4, Captain Morehouse and his men boarded the ship to find it
abandoned, with its sails slightly damaged, several feet of water in the
hold, and the lifeboat and navigational instruments missing. However,
the ship was in good order, the cargo intact, and reserves of food and
water remained on board.

The last entry in the captainís log shows that the Mary Celeste had been
nine days and 500 miles away from where the ship was found by the Dei
Gratia. Apparently, the Mary Celeste had been drifting toward Genoa on
her intended course for 11 days with no one at the wheel to guide her.
Captain Briggs, his family, and the crew of the vessel were never found,
and the reason for the abandonment of the Mary Celeste has never been
determined

73 de Scott KF5JRV

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