The mystery of the small ship became a big legend. In 1884, Arthur Conan Doyle, who later wrote the Sherlock Holmes series, wrote a story based on the Mary Celeste. The world was fascinated.
“In the absence of answers, this myth has grown,” MacGregor says.
Over the years, people have come up with many theories. Some think pirates attacked. But there were no signs of struggle and none of the cargo was stolen.
MacGregor believes that Briggs feared the ship was sinking. He may have tried to get everyone to safety aboard the lifeboat. Though it would have been unusual for a captain to abandon ship in the middle of the open sea.
“I can’t prove anything,” MacGregor explains. “People have loads of theories, but there’s no physical proof to explain their disappearance.”
This is one mystery that might never be solved.