Capt Benjamin Spooner Briggs


Capt Benjamin Spooner Briggs

Wareham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Death Nov 1872 (aged 37)
At Sea
Cenotaph Marion, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot A cenotaph for him, his wife, and their daughter.
Memorial ID 60585174 View Source
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Captain of the mysterious "ghost ship" Mary Celeste. Briggs, his wife Sarah Cobb Briggs, their 2-year-old daughter Sophia, and seven crewmates, sailed from Massachusetts on November 7, 1872, bound for Europe with a cargo of commercial alcohol. Less than a month later, on December 4, the ship was found sailing erratically off the coast of Gibralter. Crew from the DeGratia boarded the brigand to investigate. They found the last entry in the ship's log, dated November 24, which indicated that the voyage was uneventful. The sails were furled and the ship was in excellent condition. In the infant's crib remained the impression of a sleeping child. However, no sign of the crew or the Briggs family was ever found. A cenotaph memorializing the family is found in Evergreen Cemetery, Marion, Massachusetts. The inscription reads, "Capt. Benj S. Briggs born Apr 24, 1835, Sarah E Cobb his wife born Apr 20 1841, Sophia M, their daughter, then 10 mos, born Oct 31, 1870. Lost in Brig Mary Celeste Nov 1872"

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  • Added: 24 Oct 2010
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Benjamin Spooner Briggs (24 Apr 1835–Nov 1872), Find a Grave Memorial ID 60585174, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Marion, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .