5 Most Mysterious Ghost Ships in History

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A ghost ship is a vessel that has mysteriously expelled its passengers and crew, refusing to indicate their whereabouts. Though theories such as piracy and mutiny are often used to calm those wary of paranormal explanations, it is hard not to conjure the supernatural or extraterrestrial when contemplating these maritime mysteries – and none more so than the Mary Celeste.

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1. Mary Celeste

Last Sighting: November 5, 1872

For one month the Mary Celeste was missing – merchants in Italy awaited their shipment of commercial alcohol, and the friends and family of the men, women and children aboard wondered what could have happened to their kin. On December 5, 1872 the ship was found in near-perfect condition, drifting on the waves of the Strait of Gibraltar. All contents of the ship were on board, including the cargo and the personal belongings of the passengers. Everything remained intact, except, very strangely, no passenger – dead or alive – could be found.

An investigation into the Mary Celeste’s one-month disappearance uncovered interesting secrets about its origin. Researchers found that the ship had been renamed in order to dispel superstitions that the ship, formerly named the Amazon, was haunted.