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Learn about a few explanations of why people see ghost ships. Is it enough to keep you from believing in supernatural sailing stories?

The Mary Celeste is the most famous ghost ship. In 1872, the ship was spotted adrift without any crew members aboard. It was meant to be sailing from New York to Italy. Its lifeboat was missing but all its food and supplies was still there. The mystery about what happened to the ship’s crew has inspired many wild tales.

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Would you ever want to explore a haunted ship? What would you most want to see and why?


Have you read any other books about cursed places? How were they similar to and different from the ships in this book?


How do you think ships changed the world? Write a few sentences explaining your answer.

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