The Mary Celeste: An Unsolved Mystery from History Reader’s Rally 2013 – 2014 James Brown, Bethesda es



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The Mary Celeste: An Unsolved Mystery from History

Reader’s Rally 2013 – 2014
James Brown, Bethesda ES



  1. In the book, The Mary Celeste, what is a seaman?
    Sailor

  2. In the book, The Mary Celeste, what is petroleum?
    Unrefined crude oil

  3. In the book, The Mary Celeste, what is the difference between sea time and shore time? Twelve hours (12) – explanation – Sea time is measured from noon when the Sun is directly overhead rather than from midnight

  4. In the book, The Mary Celeste, what is the portside of a ship?
    The left side of a ship

  5. In the book, The Mary Celeste, what is the starboard side of a ship?
    The right side of a ship

  6. In the book, The Mary Celeste, what does Dei Gratia mean?
    Latin for “by the grace of God”

  7. In the book, The Mary Celeste, what does it mean when a ship “yaws” badly?
    Ship swings erratically to the right or left

  8. In the book, The Mary Celeste, what is a spyglass?
    Handheld telescope

  9. In the book, The Mary Celeste, what does it mean when a sail is furled?
    Rolled up or fastened

  10. In the book, The Mary Celeste, what is a two-masted ship called?
    A brig, short for Brigantine

  11. In the book, The Mary Celeste, in the book, who was captain of the Dei Gratia?
    Captain David Morehouse,

  12. In the book, The Mary Celeste, who was the first mate?
    Mr. Deveau

  13. In the book, The Mary Celeste, what is a first mate?
    Second in command on a brig

  14. In the book, The Mary Celeste, what is a berth?
    A sailor’s sleeping quarters

  15. In the book, The Mary Celeste, what does it mean to hail a ship?
    Call out and greet the other ship

  16. In the book, The Mary Celeste, what is a speaking trumpet?
    Device like a megaphone to make the voice louder

  17. In the book, The Mary Celeste, what is a mutiny?
    Revolt against a ship’s captain

  18. In the book, The Mary Celeste, what was the original name of the Mary Celeste?
    The Amazon

  19. In the book, The Mary Celeste, when was the Mary Celeste built?
    1860

  20. In the book, The Mary Celeste, when was the Amazon sold and Renamed Mary Celeste? 1868

  21. In the book, The Mary Celeste, when the Mary Celeste was found on December 4th, where was she? 600 miles off the coast of Portugal

  22. In the book, The Mary Celeste, what is a second mate?
    Ship’s officer second in rank below the First mate

  23. In the book, The Mary Celeste, what are ship’s pumps used for?
    Removing excess water from a ship’s hold

  24. In the book, The Mary Celeste, what is the main hatch?
    Largest and most used opening in the deck of a ship

  25. In the book, The Mary Celeste, what is a fever ship?
    A ship in which the crew have all taken ill or died from a disease

  26. In the book, The Mary Celeste, what was missing from the main hatch?
    Ship’s lifeboat

  27. In the book, The Mary Celeste, who first boarded the Mary Celeste to investigate? First mate Deveau and Second mate John Wright

  28. In the book, The Mary Celeste, how would Mr. Deveau and Mr. Wright know if the crew had left willingly? Ship would have been tidy and doors closed

  29. In the book, The Mary Celeste, how would Mr. Deveau and Mr. Wright have known if the ship had been attacked by pirates? Damage to railings, bullet holes and sword gashes

  30. In the book, The Mary Celeste, from the items found in the captain’s cabin, what could Mr. Wright and Mr. Deveau tell? Captain was travelling with is family

  31. In the book, The Mary Celeste, what items in the captain’s cabin indicated that the captain was travelling with his family? Toys, small body imprint on bed, dress, harmonium

  32. In the book, The Mary Celeste, when was the last entry in the ship’s log?
    November 25th (8:00 AM)

  33. In the book, The Mary Celeste, what is a ship’s log?
    Detailed record of a ship’s voyage

  34. In the book, The Mary Celeste, how many crewmen did the captain carry on the Mary Celeste? Seven (7)

  35. In the book, The Mary Celeste, what is a ship’s galley?
    Kitchen

  36. In the book, The Mary Celeste, how much uncooked food was found on the Mary Celeste? Six (6) months of uncooked food



  1. In the book, The Mary Celeste, what is a sextant?
    Device to navigate a ship by the stars

  2. In the book, The Mary Celeste, what is a chronometer?
    Ships clock unaffected by motion or weather

  3. In the book, The Mary Celeste, what is the ship’s register?
    Ship’s official documentation describing its specifications and owners

  4. In the book, The Mary Celeste, what is a navigation book?
    A book that includes tables and calculations to help sailors find way at sea

  5. In the book, The Mary Celeste, what was stowed in the ship’s hold?
    1700 barrels of raw alcohol

  6. In the book, The Mary Celeste, what kind of wood were the alcohol barrels made of? Red oak barrels

  7. In the book, The Mary Celeste, what is a ship’s hold?
    Area inside a ship where cargo is stored

  8. In the book, The Mary Celeste, who was the captain of the Mary Celeste?
    (Benjamin Spooner) Briggs

  9. In the book, The Mary Celeste, what are oilskins?
    Waterproof rain gear (coat, pants & often a hat)

  10. In the book, The Mary Celeste, by law who owned the Mary Celeste after she was found? The crew of the Dei Gratia

  11. In the book, The Mary Celeste, what is a barometer?
    Instrument used to determine air pressure and weather

  12. In the book, The Mary Celeste, what does seaworthy mean?
    A ship fit for a sea voyage

  13. In the book, The Mary Celeste, what are a ship’s masts?
    Long, upright poles used to support the sails

  14. In the book, The Mary Celeste, what are penny papers?
    Tabloid newspapers, originally sold for a penny

  15. In the book, The Mary Celeste, what percentage of the Mary Celeste’s salvage value and cargo went to the Dei Gratia? Twenty (20%) percent

  16. In the book, The Mary Celeste, Where did Captain Morehouse and his crew defend their rights to the salvage? Gibraltar

  17. In the book, The Mary Celeste, what type of journals distorted or made up stories about the Mary Celeste rather than reporting the facts? Yellow journals


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