Posted 21 July 2006 - 10:29 PM
The Mary Celeste is the most famous of the 'deserted ships' but there are many many many more. Other ones include: the Rosalie or Rosini (depending on whos account you read :mad: ), the Marlborough (from NZ), the Seabird, the James B Chester, the Zebrina and the Belle Isle.
What ties most of these together are two things: many had their navigational tools removed and most were in a state of tidyness, with meals on tables and coffee in pots.
Interestingly though, the Marlborough was found with 6 skeletons onboard and the James B Chester had all its lifeboats still onboard.
The most plausable explanations are different for each vessel; however, the Marlborough was found over a year after she went missing (its not plausable they couldnt find landfall in a year, yet the skeletons showed no trace of foul play). Most explanations involve possible sudden or freak storms making crew fear the boat would sink (however not severe enough to cause mayhem within the dwellings of the ships?) Or that perhaps piracy was involved. I dont think in reality we can ever really know.