The "Mary Celeste", was a 282 gross ton brigantine. She was built by the shipbuilders of Joshua Dewis in 1861 as the ship "Amazon" at the village of Spencer's Island, Nova Scotia, Canada.
The Amazon's first Captain, Robert McLellan, contracted pneumonia nine days after taking command and he died at the beginning of her maiden voyage. He was the first of three captains to die aboard her. John Nutting Parker, the next captain, struck a fishing boat and had to steer her back to the shipyard for repairs. At the shipyard, a fire broke out in the middle of the ship. Her first trans-Atlantic crossing was also disturbing for her next Captain, after she collided with another vessel in the English Channel.
On November 7th, 1872, the Mary Celeste, set sail from New York City, commanded by Captain Benjamin Briggs. The ship was bound for Italy, with a full cargo - consisting mainly of fine wines and 1100 bottles of pure alcohol. Also on baord was the Captain's wife Sarah, their two year old daughter Sophia Matilda, and a crew of seven men.
In 1885, the Mary Celeste was destroyed when it was intentionally wrecked off the coast of Haiti.
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