S. V. Spray was a derelict fishing boat refitted as an ocean cruiser by Joshua Slocum and used by him to complete the first ever single-handed circumnavigation of the world, between 1895 and 1898



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Mukil: Hey Guys! How are you doing? We just had the craziest language arts project ever! It was pretty hard but interesting too!We had to learn about the Mary Celeste, a ship that disappeared! Now let me introduce you to my co hosts Myojung and Gopi who all worked on the project with me so that we could gather information to share with you!
Mukil:What is the Mary Celeste? It was a brigantine merchanting ship that disappeared near the Strait of Gibraltar on the way to Spain. The way it disappeared has not been discovered. Also, the people on the ship weren’t found and the goods were untouched. The bodies were never found.There are theories about what happened to the people though. What are some of those theories? Well, we’ll get into that later but now here are some instances of disappearances like the Mary Celeste.

Gopi: There have been plenty of cases where ships have dissapeared The following are three examples of such incidents.


Gopi: The single largest loss of life in the history of the US Navy not related to combat occurred when USS Cyclops, under the command of Lt Cdr G. W. Worley, went missing without a trace with a crew of 309 sometime after March 4, 1918, after departing the island of Barbados.

S.V. Spray was a derelict fishing boat refitted as an ocean cruiser by Joshua Slocum and used by him to complete the first ever single-handed circumnavigation of the world, between 1895 and 1898.


In 1909, Slocum set sail from Vineyard Haven bound for Venezuela. Neither he nor Spray were ever seen again.

A five-masted schooner built in 1919, the Carroll A. Deering was found hard aground and abandoned at Diamond Shoals, near Cape Hatteras,North Carolina on January 31, 1921. Rumors and more at the time indicated the Deering was a victim of piracy, possibly connected with the illegal rum-running trade during Prohibition, and possibly involving another ship, S.S. Hewitt, which disappeared at roughly the same time.

Myojung: So, I was studying what happened to the Mary Celeste. It turns out that no one knows for sure. There are theories, though. What are the theories?

Well, One that I think is likely is that the crew escaped from a lifeboat in fear of exploding alcohol when the barrels slipped in a storm or the likes of it. They probably couldn’t catch up to the ship later and died at sea.Also, there could have been a mechanical problem with the ship that caused the alcohol to be in danger of exploding. There’s no proof against that. There are theories about sea storms, which is very unlikely, because there were no reports of a storm overseas at the time of the disappearance. There are also theories about bandits, but that’s also unlikely because all the crew’s things were untouched, and there were no signs of a struggle. Also, there is a theory about insurance fraud, but that doesn’t really explain what happened to them.



Myojung: Well, this discussion is coming to a close… and the Mary Celeste still remains a mystery. But still, because of the definition of the ship—And the other cases like the Mary Celeste—And the theories, I think the Mary Celeste was abandoned by pure accident by frightened people. I think people will continue searching for the answer to the Mary Celeste Mystery.. And also, if you want to know more, you can click on one of the links in the bibliography to find out more!That’s it for us today! Bye!

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