Benjamin Spooner Briggs, a devout spouse, who owned a portion of the ship became the new captain. Briggs was said to be a brave man who would never abandon his ship for any reason other than to save his life. And I suppose that is what makes this mystery even more perplexing. Briggs had carefully handpicked his crew and had stated that he was quite pleased with his choices.
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On December 4,1872 the ship Del Gratia captained by Morehouse saw a ship that seemed to have some trouble in the choppy waters. The ships were said to be about 6 miles apart but with erratic movements and the sails oddly set, Morehouse knew something was amiss. Changing course to help the unsteady ship, Morehouse was taken aback when they grew closer and he discovered it was none other than the Mary Celeste that had left New York eight days before him and should already have been in Genoa. It was as they neared the ship that concerns grew greatly when they saw no one on deck.
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Perhaps the most troubling thing was that despite the fact that the Mary Celeste was seaworthy, the last entry in the ships log was ten days prior and the men's pipes had been left behind as well as the crew's personal belongings, leaving many to believe they had left in a panic.
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The things that were missing were a chronometer and sextant, tools used for marine navigation and guidance, as well as the lifeboat.
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Sword of Forgiveness: After the death of her cruel father, Brithwin is determined never again to live under the harsh rule of any man. Independent and resourceful, she longs to be left alone to manage her father's estate. But she soon discovers a woman has few choices when the king decrees she is to marry Royce, the Lord of Rosencraig. As if the unwelcome marriage isn't enough, her new husband accuses her of murdering his family, and she is faced with a challenge of either proving her innocence or facing possible execution.
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