Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Twitter Ye Not - The Mary Celeste

Twitter Ye Not - The Mary Celeste

A regular piece for the Daily Mail Weekend magazine about how figures in history might have twittered or tweeted or whatever, had they the chance, inclination and technology.

On the 4th December 1872, the brigantine merchant ship Mary Celeste was found by another ship, the Dei Gratia, drifting under sail some 600 miles west of Portugal. All her passengers and crew were missing, and no trace of them was ever found. Here. we imagine the Twitter reaction to that mysterious event.

A departure this time - No people. Just the empty ship and laden breakfast table, with still-steaming cups of tea (apparently invented by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, as was his more fanciful name for the vessel, the Marie Celeste)! The portrait of vanished Captain Briggs looks down forlornly from an oxford frame upon the wall. Through the port-hole the Dei Gratia, under the command of Captain Morehouse, can be seen approaching.

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