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 Benjamin Spooner Briggs

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Benjamin Spooner Briggs

  • Birth 24 Apr 1835 Wareham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death Nov 1872
  • Burial Body lost at sea
  • Memorial ID 9731187

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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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Shiver
  • Added: 31 Oct 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9731187
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Benjamin Spooner Briggs (24 Apr 1835–Nov 1872), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9731187, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Body lost at sea.