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  • cusslerfan_jean
    Aug 6, 2001
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      <br>DISCOVERED ON A REEF IN HAITI <br>News Conference Thursday,
      August 9, 2001, 1 p.m. Halifax, NS (Noon EDT)
      <br><br>HALIFAX, N.S.- Known throughout history as the fabled
      Ghost Ship, the MARY <br>CELESTE was found sailing off
      the Azores in 1872 ghost-like with no one <br>aboard.
      The MARY CELESTE sailed into oblivion when a boarding
      party from a <br>passing ship found that her captain,
      his wife, two-year-old daughter and <br>entire crew
      had inexplicably vanished. <br><br>Clive Cussler,
      best-selling novelist and adventurer, representing the
      <br>National Underwater & Marine Agency, (NUMA) and John
      Davis, president of <br>ECO-NOVA Productions of Canada,
      announced today that they had discovered the <br>remains of
      MARY CELESTE on a reef off the coast of Haiti.
      <br><br>"With so many stories written about MARY CELESTE,"
      Cussler stated, "it was <br>time to write the final
      chapter, although the true story of her missing crew
      <br>may never be solved." <br><br>"After her eerie
      abandonment," explained Davis, "the ship sailed under
      <br>different owners for twelve years, until her last captain
      loaded her with a <br>cargo of cheap rubber boots and
      cat food before deliberately sinking her, <br>and
      then filing an exorbitant insurance claim for an
      exotic cargo that never <br>existed. Unfortunately, for
      the captain his plan fell apart after running <br>the
      ship onto Rochelois Reef in Haiti, the ship hung up on
      the coral and <br>refused to sink. Insurance
      inspectors investigated and found the worthless <br>cargo.
      The captain and his first mate were later convicted
      on charges of <br>what was then known as barratry."
      <br><br>Allan Gardner, skipper of the survey boat, pointed out
      that the ship left a <br>large trench after she rammed
      the coral. "The 120 natives, who now live on <br>the
      reef after building an island of conch shells," he
      said, "use the old <br>MARY CELESTE's groove as a
      channel to launch their boats." <br><br>Master Diver,
      Mike Fletcher, quickly found artifacts of the ship's
      presence <br>that were carefully removed from the sand and
      coral. Their location was <br>videotaped and they were
      cataloged for study and conservation. "Very little <br>of
      the ship is visible," Fletcher reported, "She is
      covered by some of the <br>most beautiful coral I've ever
      seen." <br><br>Archaeologist James Delgado, comparing
      the remains of the wreck with <br>historical accounts
      and carefully studying the fragments, was confidently
      <br>able to identify the wreck as MARY CELESTE. Detailed
      research shows no other <br>ship is known to have wrecked
      on Rochelais Reef, and a systematic survey of
      <br>the reef revealed only one shipwreck. Other evidence
      cited by Delgado <br>identifying the wreck as MARY
      CELESTE were: <br>� A survey of the wreck revealed its
      dimensions to be 100 by 25 feet: MARY <br>CELESTE's recorded
      dimensions at the keel were 99.3 by 25.3 feet.
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