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ABANDONED SCHOONER MYSTERY..NO CREW, A HALF-EATEN MEAL AND PILES OF CLOTHES(Mediterranean)
Mirror ^ | 24 Aug 2006 | Nick Pisa

Posted on 08/25/2006 6:20:48 AM PDT by Marius3188

A £300,000 schooner has been found floating empty in the Mediterranean - echoing the fate of the Marie Celeste over 130 years ago.

The 66ft twin-masted vessel had no name and no other identification markings.

On board there was a half-eaten meal, maps of the Med, piles of clothes and a punctured dinghy.

The boat was found drifting off the Sardinian resort of Punta Volpe.

Strong currents were pushing it towards rocks and coastguards boarded the vessel just in time and towed it to the port of Olbia.

Officials found a plaque with the name Bel Amica but said that initial checks with shipping registers had found no yacht with that name.

A spokesman said: "It gave the impression of being abandoned very quickly. It could be piracy, we just don't know."

The original Marie Celeste, which was on a voyage from New York to Italy, was found empty and drifting off the coast of Portugal in 1872.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Unclassified
KEYWORDS: abandoned; divorce; dudewheresmyboat; mediterranean; schooner; ship; vessel
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To: Salamander
What if some reef diver is now floating around out there somehwere saying "Hey! Where the hell's my boat?!?"

HE will damn well remember next time to :
1. Put out his dive flag
2. Anchor the damn boat

21 posted on 08/25/2006 6:36:09 AM PDT by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to protect it.)
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To: Salamander
Has happend before......Did you see the movie Open Waters?.......True story, with a very bad ending.........
22 posted on 08/25/2006 6:36:34 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: tiredoflaundry

LOL. Investigators should check purchasers of large quantitites of sunscreen....


23 posted on 08/25/2006 6:36:58 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: Marius3188; Cyber Liberty; cogitator; NicknamedBob; 2Fro; Argh
Thought of the Marie also: One theory I read a looooooong time ago was that the Marie caught caught on a newly formed sandbar offshore. The crew and passengers got off to walk around/try to push it off, and it floated off without them.

That region has shallow areas that do form and wash away underwater bars and mud shoals rapidly.
25 posted on 08/25/2006 6:37:14 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Salamander

lol I was thinking the same thing


26 posted on 08/25/2006 6:37:21 AM PDT by Leatherneck_MT (In a world where Carpenters come back from the dead, ALL things are possible.)
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To: SlowBoat407
Prayers for the crew, though they have most likely fallen victim to pirates.

Pirates? Off Sardinia? That's about as likely as pirates off Santa Barbara. I mean, anything's possible, but these aren't exactly known as pirate infested waters.

27 posted on 08/25/2006 6:37:38 AM PDT by Alter Kaker ("Whatever tears one sheds, in the end one always blows one's nose." - Heine)
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To: mewzilla

;-)


28 posted on 08/25/2006 6:37:49 AM PDT by tiredoflaundry (Praying for Israel)
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To: Marius3188
I thought for a moment this was about the Carroll A. Deering...
29 posted on 08/25/2006 6:38:20 AM PDT by Jonah Hex ("How'd you get that scar, mister?" "Nicked myself shaving.")
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To: commish

"HE will damn well remember next time to :
1. Put out his dive flag
2. Anchor the damn boat"


That's what I wonder.
Boat anchors occasionally fail.
[or people forget]


30 posted on 08/25/2006 6:38:34 AM PDT by Salamander (And don't forget my Dog; fixed and consequent.........)
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To: Salamander; commish

31 posted on 08/25/2006 6:38:46 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: Marius3188
Slightly more info here.

No registration markings of any kind found.

32 posted on 08/25/2006 6:39:16 AM PDT by SlowBoat407 (I've had it with these &%#@* jihadis on these &%#@* planes!)
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To: Red Badger

They've been running that on Showtime but I haven't watched it yet.
I reckon I will, now....:]


33 posted on 08/25/2006 6:39:40 AM PDT by Salamander (And don't forget my Dog; fixed and consequent.........)
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To: Red Badger

Don't be shy, RB.


34 posted on 08/25/2006 6:39:40 AM PDT by SlowBoat407 (I've had it with these &%#@* jihadis on these &%#@* planes!)
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To: Salamander; commish

http://www.openwatermovie.com/


35 posted on 08/25/2006 6:39:55 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: SlowBoat407

Pirates of the mediterranean... Curse of the black olive.


36 posted on 08/25/2006 6:40:23 AM PDT by ketelone
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To: SlowBoat407

Wouldn't it have power assistance and if so, how about the serial numbers on the engine?


37 posted on 08/25/2006 6:40:27 AM PDT by Toespi
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To: SlowBoat407

Sorry, I kliked before I pasted......


38 posted on 08/25/2006 6:40:37 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: Marius3188

The Marie Celeste lives!


39 posted on 08/25/2006 6:41:09 AM PDT by xkaydet65
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To: Leatherneck_MT

If so, I hope he can swim well...or least tread water for a good while.....:D


40 posted on 08/25/2006 6:41:10 AM PDT by Salamander (And don't forget my Dog; fixed and consequent.........)
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