Since humans first started exploring the world, the seas have given us many mysteries such as mermaids, sea serpents and ghost ships such as the Flying Dutchman and the Mary Celeste... In 1861, the ship that was to become the Mary Celeste was built at Nova Scotia as the Amazon. The Amazon had a troubled history including the death of her first captain on her maiden voyage as well and a collision in the English Channel. The tale of the Amazon ends with the vessel was driven ashore during a severe storm in 1867.
The Amazon was salvaged and sold to new American owners who changed the name to Mary Celeste in 1869. The last voyage of the Mary Celeste started on November 5, 1872 as a trip from New York to Genoa with a cargo of industrial alcohol. In addition to the captain and crew of seven along the Mary Celeste also carried the captain's wife and young daughter.
The Mary Celeste was spotted by the Dei Gratia on December 4th drifting to wards the Strait of Gibraltar. The crew of the Dei Gratia boarded the Mary Celeste and found no people and most of the ship intact. The sextant and marine chronometer as well as one life boat were missing. The captain's log book still remained. The last entry, dated November 24th, indicated that they ship was 100 miles west of the Azores. There are some claims that there was still food laid out on the tables and it appeared that whatever happened was very sudden.
There has never been any sign of the passengers or crew. In 1873 two wooden rafts were found off-shore of Spain. One of these rafts had a body wrapped in an American flag, some think that these rafts held the remains of the passengers/crew of the Mary Celeste.
What happened to the people on the Mary Celeste? Did they abandon ship? If so, why? Why did they not leave behind an indication as to why? Pirates? Not likely, since the cargo was intact. Did they suffer from some form of mass hysteria (perhaps from Ergotism from the bread or something from the alcohol) and jumped overboard? Or was there something else that 'snatched' the passengers.