The San Diego Maritime Museum, home to a world-class collection of historic sailing ships, steamboats and submarines, each featuring entertaining and educational exhibits, embraces the deep and puzzling mystery behind the 282-ton brigantine Mary Celeste, famous as the ghost ship abandoned in 1872 – leaving researchers and maritime history buffs unable to understand how the ship’s captain and crew went missing, with no signs of fire, explosion or other incidents. Theories as to why the ship was abandoned range from crew mutiny and conspiracy to alien abduction, natural disaster or alcohol explosion.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Victorian author and acclaimed creator of fictional detective’s greatest, Sherlock Holmes, was called in to solve the mystery and was unable to – alone mystery he never solved. For this new experience of the Maritime Museum of San Diego, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle will return to the Marie Celeste (played by one of the Living History Museum’s award-winning educational staff) to greet young visitors, guide them in the schooner Californian, a tall ship very similar to the Marie Celeste, to examine the evidence and to help him solve the mystery that blocked him a century and a half ago. Ghost Ship Halloween Weekend Experience tours are free and included with the purchase of the general admission ticket.
According to Raymond Ashley, Ph.D., KCI, President / CEO of the Maritime Museum of San Diego, “Marie Celestewas an American brigantine who looks a bit like the one in the Maritime Museum Californian. After leaving New York for Genoa, the Marie Celeste was found completely abandoned and adrift off the Azores under partial sails in disheveled condition, the ship’s lifeboat is missing, various evidence of a hasty departure, although no diaries or other written evidence of which happened could not be found. He enthusiastically adds: “We thought this would be a great opportunity to tap into the creativity and imagination of our visitors and have fun at the same time. “
Still a mystery today, the Maritime Museum of San Diego invites young people aged 12 and under to solve the Marie Celeste Halloween mystery weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday October 29, 30 and 31, 2021. Visitors to the Museum, open daily from 10 am to 5 pm, will have the opportunity to board the official state tall ship, Californian, to learn from one of the Museum’s resident storytellers and uncover clues before entering the contest at the Museum’s gift shop located on the steam ferry Berkeley.
The Museum’s curatorial team will judge the entries for the competition and a lucky winner will be announced before Thanksgiving. The winner will receive a 4-hour Maritime Museum of San Diego Tall Ship Adventure sailing experience for four valued at $ 400.00. The Tall Ship Adventure sails aboard the schooner Californian are a once in a lifetime opportunity to cruise the San Diego Bay aboard a Gold Rush Era Income Cutter Replica. Guests on board can hoist a line, hold the helm, and watch the crew move up and down the rig to set and furl the sails. The crew and guides on board will share the history of boating and exploration in San Diego, stories about the whaling and sea otter trade, local naval battles and the art of the artillery of ships.
General admission tickets are $ 20.00 for adults, persons 62 and over, military personnel with ID and students aged 13-17 years are $ 15.00 and children ages 12 and under are $ 10.00. Space is limited. Tickets can be booked early on sdmaritime.org or in person at the museum ticket office or gift shop. The ticket office and gift shop close at 4:00 p.m.