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  • proper noun nautical a British-flagged Nova Scotian brigantine that crossed the Atlantic Ocean, gone through the Straits of Gibraltar, and into the Mediterranean Sea under full sail, without a crew or any occupants.
  • proper noun idiomatic a ship found empty of all people, in good condition, seemingly abandoned on the high seas
  • proper noun a ghost ship


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  • That doomed ship was the Mary Celeste, which was found deserted yet under full sail off the coast of Gibraltar on December 4th, 1872.

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  • Like the related Mary Celeste and the vanished Terror and Erebus, these are the sorts of disappearances and mysteries you can mull over eternally.

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  • Earlier this year Toobworld Central featured the captains of the Lusitania and the Mary Celeste as they were portrayed on television.

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  • The story of the Mary Celeste ghost ship is a mystery that may never be solved.

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  • Fallen, she was now the ghost, dressed in cerement cloth, as vacant as the Mary Celeste.

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  • Quickly the Mary Celeste, I want to go through a couple of these stories right now.

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  • She felt rather like someone boarding the abandoned Mary Celeste must have felt, she reflected as she hesitated.

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  • "The mystery of the Mary Celeste," murmured Frost, leading Clive past the ticket barrier to a door painted olive-green and marked "Staff Only".

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