Ghost Ship

The Mysterious True Story of the
Mary Celeste and Her Missing Crew

“Spellbinding … Brian Hicks takes us on a gripping voyage into the sea’s greatest mystery.”
—Clive Cussler

“Hicks engagingly reconstructs the events and offers a plausible theory for the disaster, which ranks second only to the sinking of the Titanic in maritime lore.”
– Entertainment Weekly

“A corking good story … a positive addition to the literature on one of the seas’s greatest mysteries.”
—The Philadelphia Inquirer

“An excellent, clear-eyed primer to one of the world’s most resilient ghost stories.”
—Kirkus Reviews

Mary Celeste

An undated photo of the Mary Celeste in an unidentified harbor in the days after Benjamin Briggs, his family and crew disappeared. Courtesy Cumberland County Museum, Amherst Nova Scotia


A 1965 magazine advertisement from Atlantic Mutual depicts the moment the crew of the Dei Gratia spotted the Mary Celeste abandoned at sea. Permission and license to use the photo is granted by the Atlantic Mutual Insurance Company