The White Star Line’s ‘Titanic’
The abandoned ‘Mary Celeste’
There is an overwhelming mystique about these and other ships lost at sea.
The ‘Mary Celeste’, watertight, seaworthy but without a crew, adrift on the
high seas was discovered on December 4th, 1872 by the British brigantine
‘Dei Gratia’ between the Azores and Portugal, a baffling myth-worthy mystery.
ACD’s story ‘F. Habakuk Jephson’s Statement’ was a tale that some readers
actually believed was the factual historical explanation — as wildly melodramatic
as it is. The narrator, Jephson, writes “I have now taken up my pen with the intention of
telling all that I know of the ill-fated voyage. I consider that it is a duty which I owe to society…”
We know this about the duty-bound ‘writer’: He’s a doctor of medicine at Harvard University,
and an ex-Consulting Physician of the Samaritan Hospital of Brooklyn.”
And so begins ACD’s harrowing story written as so often with Doyle written in the first person.