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They Found a Ship But All People Vanished Into Air

December 3, 2019


The story of Mary Celeste is one of the greatest
sea mysteries of all time. How can everyone on board a ship simply vanish into thin air?
There are plenty of theories but no answers to this day…. Perhaps she was doomed from the start? I’m
not talking about that mysterious day on December 4, 1872, when she was found floating adrift
in the Atlantic. No, her sorrows go way back, to another life that was equally filled with
unlucky circumstance… She didn’t always go by Mary Celeste. She
was originally called Amazon. Hmm. Made in Canada in 1861, the vessel was about 100 feet
(30 m) long and 25 feet (~8 m) wide. Not the biggest or greatest ship of her time, but
her modest size wasn’t the reason why she had problems finding an owner. From her maiden
voyage on May 18, 1861, the Amazon already started getting a bad reputation for possibly
being a cursed ship… She suffered nasty hull damage after going
through a fishing dam. When she was docked in a shipyard for repairs, that shipyard caught
fire and almost burned to the ground. Amazon, however, remained untouched and continued
to serve as a merchant ship. A lot of her future owners would go bankrupt, each of them
selling the vessel to repay their debts. She also lost her first captain to illness. During
Amazon’s first journey across the Atlantic Ocean, the ship crashed into another vessel,
sending the latter to the bottom of the English Channel. After that, the unlucky ship ran
aground on her way back to Canada. She was left there, abandoned and damaged beyond repair. But, alas, she was taken and sold to an American
mariner. Amazon was completely renovated and dubbed Mary Celeste. She bounced from owner
to owner once again, finally falling into the hands of her new and final captain: Benjamin
Spooner Briggs. According to people who knew him, Briggs was a good captain and a master
mariner. He always handpicked his crew and was very mindful of the people under his command.
Many even say he was pretty harsh to those who dared violate the discipline. But he put
together the best crew, and those 7 men along with their captain and his family set out
on that fateful trans-Atlantic trip from New York to Genoa, Italy on November 7, 1872. Along with the 10 people on board, the ship
was also carrying 1,700 barrels of denatured alcohol. This industrial liquid is highly
flammable if not contained properly. But Captain Briggs was a careful man. In fact, the trip
was supposed to begin two days prior on November 5, but Briggs had decided to wait for a minor
storm to blow through. So even with tons of flammable cargo, I imagine the captain knew
what he was doing. For reasons unknown to this very day, Mary
Celeste never did make it to Genoa. At some point in her journey, something terrible happened.
But this is where it gets totally bizarre. On December 4, 1872, about 400 miles (640
km) off the coast of Portugal, the crew of another ship, a Canadian brigantine called
Dei Gratia, noticed a vessel sailing erratically and heading right towards them. The captain
sent a signal, but there was no response. As the Dei Gratia got closer and closer, it
became apparent that there was nobody on deck. So, the captain pulled up and sent a few men
over to investigate. What they found (or, rather, didn’t find) would make the hair
stand on the back of your neck. There wasn’t a single soul on the ship.
Ok, well, perhaps they had to abandon? But here’s the thing: all of their belongings
and food were still there! The precious cargo was also untouched, and there were no signs
of some sort of struggle or trouble. It was as if all the people on board had simply vanished
into thin air! The only things that were missing were a lifeboat, a rope, the ship’s papers,
and the captain’s navigational equipment. Captain Briggs had a habit of keeping very
detailed and thorough notes in his journal. The last entry had been made on November 25.
It mentioned bad weather, but nothing more – nothing that would be enough to force
Briggs, his wife and daughter, and the crew to leave Mary Celeste in such a hurry. The
coordinates given put the ship about 800 miles (~1,300 km) away from the coast. Had she been
unmanned and drifting aimlessly for 400 miles (640 km) over the past 9 days? What on Earth happened to the Mary Celeste?
Or, more specifically, to her crew and passengers? The crew of the Dei Gratia soon became prime
suspects in the case. According to this first official theory, the men of Dei Gratia got
rid of everyone on Mary Celeste, made up a barely believable story about finding her
abandoned, and sailed her to the shore for a salvage reward. Seems like a reasonable
theory. I mean, if I just so happened to find a wallet that had been reported stolen, I
imagine the police would question me first! But after a thorough investigation, that theory
didn’t hold up. Although, the crew of Dei Gratia never did get the full payment for
salvaging Mary Celeste. But, hey, at least they weren’t being blamed anymore. Since
then, investigators have been left with nothing but theories, all of them with certain facts
contradicting others and making a mess of the whole thing. So, what’s the first thing that comes to
your mind when you imagine why a crew would abandon ship? Probably a storm, right? Especially
knowing that Captain Briggs had mentioned foul weather in his last journal entry. Some
other facts point to such a possibility, but it’s still unclear. For example, the pump
on Mary Celeste was apparently malfunctioning and undergoing some kind of maintenance when
this “bad weather” rolled in. Perhaps the captain didn’t think the ship would
survive the storm, given that it might easily flood with a broken pump. The only problem
is that there were no storms reported in that area at that time. When Mary Celeste was found,
her lowest area was under about 4 feet (~1 m) of water, but that wasn’t too scary for
a ship her size. Everything inside the ship was dry and undamaged. Besides, if there was
bad weather, do you really think they’d switch their ship with a slightly malfunctioning
pump for a tiny little lifeboat thinking they’d have better chances at weathering the storm?
Captain Briggs was smarter than that. One theory suggests that pirates could’ve
attacked the ship. But that theory doesn’t hold since all the personal belongings, food,
and valuable cargo were left untouched. Not to mention, the course Mary Celeste was on
ran directly through waters heavily guarded by the British Navy. No pirate would ever
risk sailing there just to attack a small brigantine. What if the crew mutinied against their captain?
Briggs was known to be pretty strict with discipline. Not to mention, the only belongings
they didn’t find on the ship were those of two of the crewmembers. Had there been
some horrific scene? Did they take everyone out, grab their things, jump in the lifeboat,
and flee to avoid getting caught? Again, it’s highly unlikely and pretty much disproven.
First of all, what chances do 2 men have against 6 others? Also, there were no signs of a struggle
or fight when the ship was examined. And finally, further investigation showed that those two
were German sailors that had been tricked on their previous journey and left with no
belongings at all. They hadn’t even brought anything with them in the first place! The final and most probable theory comes down
to the 9 alcohol barrels found empty on the ship. Those 9 barrels were the only ones out
of the total 1,701 that weren’t properly suitable for transporting alcohol. They were
made from a kind of porous timber that couldn’t stop alcohol from evaporating. Ok, that explains
why they were empty, but what about the missing people? Well, you see, when alcohol evaporates, it
creates a really dangerous zone around the source of the leakage by releasing highly
flammable fumes that can lead to an explosion. Captain Briggs might’ve noticed that some
barrels were empty and ordered everybody to get off the ship as soon as possible before
the hull explodes. This sense of emergency explains the food and belongings being left.
And I doubt the captain had time to jot all this down in his journal before evacuating
everyone to safety. So, everybody probably rushed into the lifeboat.
The captain likely grabbed his navigational instruments and the ship’s papers in case
she blew up and they’d need to continue their journey in the lifeboat. As for the
long rope that was missing, they probably used it to tie the lifeboat to Mary Celeste,
wait for as long as possible for the flammable fumes to air out, and then return to the ship.
At some point, the rope could’ve snapped and set the lifeboat with 10 people on it
adrift in the Atlantic with no way of returning to the ship and little chances of survival
out in the open ocean with no food or water. And still, even this theory has its flaws.
Why was there no smell of alcohol on board when Mary Celeste was found if 9 whole barrels
had leaked completely dry? You’d think the crew of Dei Gratia would’ve noticed it immediately.
Maybe they did, and they just assumed, well, the ship was carrying alcohol, hence the smell!
I guess we’ll never know, and the story of Mary Celeste shall remain a mystery… What do you think happened to the Mary Celeste
and her crew? Let me know your theories down in the comments! If you learned something
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100 Comments

  • Reply BRIGHT SIDE June 13, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    Hey there, BrightSiders! Would you wanna go somewhere on a cruise… let’s say tomorrow?

  • Reply Amol Singh June 14, 2019 at 8:46 am

    The ocean is not yet fully discoverd meaning that there must be something in the sea apart from living things , something might just surprise the people or maybe just end the world

  • Reply lol master June 14, 2019 at 9:01 am

    1 word drifters

  • Reply johnny depp my inspiration June 14, 2019 at 9:17 am

    But w8 where is mary celeste now ???

  • Reply Eliara Senopati June 14, 2019 at 9:18 am

    The crew taken by the wood and they sudenly be a wood

  • Reply Harshad Muthal June 14, 2019 at 9:28 am

    I have this lesson in my English book

  • Reply Spiderman/horror fan June 14, 2019 at 10:02 am

    I think Thanos snapped and they disappeared but they should have returned by now

  • Reply The Holy Hero of all June 14, 2019 at 11:25 am

    First its not made in canada its amazons boat second why is canada has all the cool stuff

  • Reply LaLisA's YaDom June 14, 2019 at 11:45 am

    simple answer ..Thanos snapped his fingers😂😂

  • Reply My Togepi June 14, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    And now her name is Black Pearl and Jack Sparrow is her Captain

  • Reply Phantom Gaming June 14, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    only the songs that made me scared

  • Reply Sarkiri Rongphar June 14, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    Rapture

  • Reply Dusa Praharsh June 14, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    Since Briggs said it was a very bad weather maybe he thought the ship would be wrecked in that weather and made their way to sail on a life boat but cargo was heavy so he didn't carry them. And thus stuck on some nameless island and starved maybe…an that would be bad.

  • Reply Vivy Brooke June 14, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    But what's with the scary music? I can't watch it at night 😅

  • Reply Christopher Edquilang June 14, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    My theory is they might had been eaten by shark(s).

  • Reply Scrubs YT June 14, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Why dont u just burn the ship down

  • Reply Faye Posas June 14, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    Maybe the alcohol that evaporated made everybody intoxicated and Capt. Briggs thought to evacuate because of what the video theorized about?

  • Reply K.A.geAoKuro June 14, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    The images creeped me out more than the story itself

  • Reply Penka Genova June 14, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    RIP one of my classmates is called benjamin

  • Reply colin lobo June 14, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    They were Abducted by Aliens .

  • Reply dharma ourtala June 14, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    I think Thanos snapped and they all vanished

  • Reply Spook Spookcat June 14, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    The missing passengers of the ship are probably with the missing passengers of that train that disappeared in Italy in 1911.

  • Reply Bharatram Panati June 14, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    I think it might be the Bermuda Triangle caused this because they possibly were at the Bermuda Triangle.

  • Reply SlicePie June 14, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Well lets see
    A missing lifeboat….
    They escaped and died or jumped off the boat

  • Reply rog bro June 14, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    star trek went into the past and beam them up 🙂

  • Reply technology smuggler June 14, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    its like youre the smartest man on the world you have great vids keep it up i sub btw

  • Reply Liviu Vizitiu June 14, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    The two german sailors died after inhaling indusrtial alcohol . They have thrown their bodies in the water befor decomposing.The capitan took the rope on the board of the lifeboat in order to use it later( they left the sheep because the risk of explosion was stil high). The pump was malfunctioning beacause of bad wether (it got stuck with mud or algae).There must be a document mentioning the crew's arrivel in a neerby port I think.

  • Reply NFL DNA June 14, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    It was the curse of The Bermuda Triangle

  • Reply Shiloh Ramirez June 14, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    This so weird! I love it

  • Reply Miso Mama June 14, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    Mary Celeste: Briggs and captain of Dei Gras pulled a fast one. they paid off the passengers and arranged a mid journey abandonment of the ship. the Mary Celeste passengers and Briggs boarded the Dei Gras for safe passage home. the plan was to sell off the Mary Celeste for salvage with both captains sharing the profit. what i want to know is what was the background of all the passengers. were they immigrants looking for backdoor entries? if so they could have "died" and took on the identity of someone else and then gone on their merry ways. if the passengers were in such a state they could have paid these captains very well to help them start from a clean slate. the abandoned Mary Celeste up for salvage would just be a bonus.

  • Reply Wanda Richardson June 14, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    👽Aliens👾

  • Reply John Noble June 14, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    A watersout.

  • Reply Marc GUNARSO June 15, 2019 at 12:37 am

    The two men grabbed their stuff and jumped of I think

  • Reply Riccardo Di Luca June 15, 2019 at 1:08 am

    I think they just vanished like those who disappear in the Bermuda Triangle. There are things science cannot yet explain. We must be humble to know how much there's still to learn about this world. Let alone the universe.

  • Reply hita June 15, 2019 at 1:09 am

    what happened is that the bermuda triangle just eate the people

  • Reply TheBsheep June 15, 2019 at 1:14 am

    Aliens abducted them, took them up in the spaceship and used them for test subjects. After their bodies where grossly disfigured and unrecognizable, they through the mutated corpses in the vacuums of space.

  • Reply Jessica Eddyj Rogowski Swan June 15, 2019 at 2:33 am

    Kidnapping by alien 👽

  • Reply DEST gamer June 15, 2019 at 2:34 am

    great video make more mystery videos

  • Reply Free Subscribe June 15, 2019 at 4:41 am

    Like my comment pleased I want to experience that

  • Reply Anthony Lopez June 15, 2019 at 4:56 am

    I learned that not all cases are not meant to be solved

  • Reply Balonius Gaming June 15, 2019 at 5:46 am

    Giratina (with the mysterious ship) used Shadow Force
    That's why it vanished instantly…

  • Reply FOXYGANG 101 June 15, 2019 at 7:52 am

    Thanos snapped

  • Reply Ernst Robin Trinidad June 15, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    thanos just snapped accidently

  • Reply Sebele Gebriel June 15, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    Abducted by alien!

  • Reply Redcoat‘s Return June 15, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    The wood used to make that ship came from trees on an Indian burial ground maybe? It was sure a cursed ship from day 1.

  • Reply kool penguin June 15, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    Ok

  • Reply fire leaf June 15, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    You know mary celest is a sailing ship

  • Reply Andrew Joyce June 15, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    Obvious..the ship was tied up at harbour. The Crew went ashore to get supplies but the ship hadn't been tied up properly and so floated out to sea. When they got back it was gone.

  • Reply xXpshyco_kittenXx gotcha June 16, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    The ansewear is an black hole of the size of a human. That vanished with them later on 🙃
    The actual correct theory

  • Reply Sparky 1998 June 18, 2019 at 7:39 am

    Could it be possible that someone poisoned every one. Then dumped everyone overboard and disappeared.

  • Reply Jennifer Russ June 18, 2019 at 11:57 pm

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  • Reply Sho0t Gt June 19, 2019 at 6:24 am

    amazon like shoping

  • Reply Coolgirl 500600 June 20, 2019 at 2:58 am

    Well I think they had to leave immediately there was surely something wrong with it for one on the best mariners to leave it in a rush, you see if there was some stuff missing, he surely took it and left as soon as he found out something, that boat seemed fishy..why wouldn’t he think so too? I’m almost sure it was something that made them leave in a rush…but the thing is…what was it..?

  • Reply Zach Zamora June 22, 2019 at 8:22 am

    Pirates?

  • Reply KyrraPlayz XD June 30, 2019 at 7:07 am

    Hmmmm.. Did they cross the Bermuda Triangle?

  • Reply Alana Higgins June 30, 2019 at 10:53 am

    Maybe The crew and family were ghosts. Or they got murdered…😭

  • Reply aPeiceOfMeme July 1, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    i think the last one happened and the captain just went to the barrels to get alcohol and then ordered the evacuation

  • Reply Ayako Adventures July 2, 2019 at 4:38 am

    I've been on a haunted ship with Mary in its name I don't remember the name
    Edit: THIS IS THE SHIP I'VE BEEN ON OMG

  • Reply Daniel Shp. July 3, 2019 at 10:37 am

    I saw a UFO in one of the pictures at the end. Maybe that’s a clue

  • Reply Lewisonhower Connery July 4, 2019 at 8:08 am

    Iim thinkinf about they found an island nearby and the lifeboat was the only way to get to the island because of this "bad weather" was pulling them to a sea and a shark or a sea creature

  • Reply Holtin Choi July 5, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    Thanis snapped them

  • Reply Brett July 7, 2019 at 1:04 am

    "Bright Side" is running out of subjects for videos.

  • Reply Brett July 7, 2019 at 1:08 am

    How many times did you actually plan to use that video clip of the man in military uniform writing on a clipboard?

  • Reply Pitam Banerjee July 10, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    They might have some familiar issues which we can't believe makes this . May be some quarrels or others.

  • Reply Ved Kulkarni July 11, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    Not real

  • Reply Amrita Banerjee July 13, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    thats my compass

  • Reply ERICA JOY AREVALO July 14, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    they didnt feel so good

  • Reply Vivian Wu July 16, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    Iron man snapped them out of existence not thanos

  • Reply Fun Games With Phoenix July 18, 2019 at 6:31 am

    Hmmmm they fell of board and there stuff duh

  • Reply ItzYuanPlayz- Gaming July 19, 2019 at 4:39 am

    Theory 1: A shark ate them
    Theory 2: They were fictional.
    Theory 3: They spoiled endgame and got snapped out of existance

  • Reply Azeema Abdul Raheem July 19, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    I know what happend

  • Reply Yisroel Rudman July 26, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    OBVIOSLY THANOS SNAPPED HIS FINGERS

  • Reply kinza sarfraz July 27, 2019 at 6:36 am

    Wasn’t this the ship mentioned in Bermuda Triangle video too?

  • Reply Safi Matthews July 27, 2019 at 7:59 am

    Well if a life boat disappeared why not take a life boat? Or they went over board 😦 just a theory…

  • Reply dsimmajono July 27, 2019 at 10:23 am

    hey i think its the illuminate it can make wishes come true so it could sink it or peaple abandon the ship or jeasus made the ship a curse and it cant be a storm because the ship was not broken

  • Reply jpb0000 July 27, 2019 at 11:17 am

    This is my theory:

    Captain: Let's jump. There is fumes.
    Crew 1: Wait what!?
    Captain: Jump!
    Crew 1: Umm….
    Captain vanishes
    Crew 2: Captain! Captain?
    Crew 1: Okay, let's get in the lifeboat.
    Crew 3: Wait why?
    Crew 1: THE CAPTAIN ABANDONED THE SHIP.
    Crew 3: Wait….*cough*….there…..
    Crew 1: Let's g………
    Random passenger: Ummm…..help…..*cough*…….
    Random passenger: gets in the lifeboat
    Crew 4: Right let's……..

  • Reply Joy Daigle July 29, 2019 at 2:16 am

    Never new about this story very interesting

  • Reply Nadia Meares July 29, 2019 at 2:37 am

    ssssssppppppoooooooooooookkkkkkkkkyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Alkeyon Sugars July 31, 2019 at 2:35 am

    Me: reads title
    Me: :() THANoS SnAPped

  • Reply Dielgo Luxor July 31, 2019 at 3:20 am

    My birthday is on December 4 :'(

  • Reply Baby Dean's Playtime August 4, 2019 at 2:56 am

    Yes…im also a fan of your "voice"
    I really like the kind of it…

  • Reply Kurt W August 6, 2019 at 9:33 am

    Oh the peril! Oh the tension! Oh……………

  • Reply Billie Westbrook August 11, 2019 at 12:14 am

    Big oof

  • Reply MR. John August 12, 2019 at 12:43 am

    A old boat made in the 18's was nicknamed of a famous WEB

    AMAZON

  • Reply kale Wilkie August 29, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    Come on it said she was 800 mile away from land that's pretty far down to the ocean floor so they must of just fell of the ship.

  • Reply Fardin hey air like you video September 3, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Hmm I think the burmuda or dragon triangle did all this disappear

  • Reply Typically Unknown September 5, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    3:10 isn't that a Remington 700's reticle? edit: Never Mind.. Phantom Forces just uses that as a default reticle for the Remington 700

  • Reply Jay woods September 25, 2019 at 9:41 am

    They went to davy Jones locker

  • Reply Jay woods September 25, 2019 at 9:45 am

    Maybe mermaids were singing and the crew were hypnotized and went to the water and died

  • Reply Honey Hive Farms October 1, 2019 at 3:54 am

    Where is the ship now?

  • Reply marzuqi58 October 7, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    Mermaids. They hunt humans

  • Reply Dara Love 4ever October 11, 2019 at 8:25 am

    míss all

  • Reply Sabrina Berkovich October 16, 2019 at 1:00 am

    H

  • Reply Mary Monson October 22, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    Matches with a rogue wave.

  • Reply subarus subarus October 28, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    this is my nightmare

  • Reply AcornGrove611 November 1, 2019 at 1:57 am

    why am I being unsubscribed??

  • Reply Chas Leon November 11, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    No, not ghost ships. I was in the Navy as a young man and radar and sonar don't lie. Now, ghosts are another thing, they can inhabit a ship. This has been well documented and recorded, the Queen Mary is a excellent example of this.

  • Reply Stephanie Schanel November 17, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    What if a big wave that push the crew off

  • Reply PShawtx November 17, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    They should have check to see if any life boats washed ashore or were found a drift after the ship was found that were found in the area where the life boat might have drifted. Kept checking for a while like a year after.

  • Reply TheDumbCarrot November 20, 2019 at 10:29 am

    I found this story in my English Textbook

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