accepted explanation was that, thinking the ship was sinking, the captain ordered
everyone get into the lifeboats, which were immediately sunk in the storm.
2. Complete the rest of the story using a/an, the or nothing.
Twelve years later, in 1884, 1) ____ unknown writer named Arthur Conan Doyle wrote
2) ____ fictional story about 3) ____ ship he called the Marie Celeste. In his story the ship is found abandoned in 4) ____ middle of 5) ____ Atlantic, just like the real-life Mary Celeste. However, Conan Doyle added a lot of detail to 6) ____ story to make it more mysterious; in his story when the ship was discovered 7) ____ table had 8) ____ meal on it which had only been half eaten and there were hot cups of tea on the table. The ship’s clock was turning backwards and 9) ____ only living soul on the ship was the cat.
Since the story was written it has become more famous than the original events and people truly believe that the fictional story is 10) ____ factual mystery. And what of Conan Doyle? Three years after he wrote the story of the Marie Celeste, he introduced the world to 11) ____ new fictional character, named Sherlock Holmes. The rest is 12) ____ history.
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