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By Christianna Brand
One lady has the reply to history’s strangest maritime mystery.
Though historical past could take into account her because the Marie Celeste, the ship’s identify was once Mary Celeste. She used to be a brig - square-rigged, a hundred ft lengthy, big enough for a workforce of 9, and durable sufficient to go the Atlantic and convey gains domestic to its masters - a gorgeous send that was once destined for tragedy. On December four, 1872, the Mary Celeste is located adrift off the coast of Portugal with shipment in her carry, nutrients upon her tables, and half-written letters on her captain’s table. yet no longer a soul are available on board.
This secret has wondered maritime students for over a century. One girl is aware the solutions, simply because she was once there from the start, and understands the seductive “Honey Mary” the send used to be secretly named after. As she retraces the occasions that lead as much as that fateful voyage, she unearths that the brain will be as darkish and chilly as an ocean grave.
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