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The Bellinghman
Date: 2007-04-20 10:30
Subject: Mysterious disappearances
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A modern Marie Celeste mystery has occurred Down Under.

"The engine was running, the computers were running, there was a laptop set up on the table which was running, the radio was working... and there was food and utensils set on the table ready to eat," said Jon Hall, a spokesman for Queensland's Emergency Management office.

"It was a bit strange," he added.
Edit: In response to a point raised by k425
Mary Celeste - the actual original famous abandoned ship
Marie Céleste - Arthur Conan Doyle's upsexed version with the details such as the abandoned meal
Marie Celeste - a confusion of the two
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Ian
User: liasbluestone
Date: 2007-04-20 09:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's unfortunate that, as soon as they mention the table being set for dinner, your mind says "HOAX!", don't you think?
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Liz
User: redcountess
Date: 2007-04-20 09:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
If it is a hoax, the perpetrators will be fined quite a large sum of money by the emergency services involved.
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Ian
User: liasbluestone
Date: 2007-04-20 09:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Naturally, and I'm having to force my brain not to assume that it is, simply because of that one detail.
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Liz
User: redcountess
Date: 2007-04-20 10:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It could be a murder suicide, but if so there would surely be signs of a struggle (and what's up with the ripped sail?)
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Liz
User: redcountess
Date: 2007-04-20 11:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Could be a kidnapping, but I'm not aware of any Australian pirates, they're normally from SE Asia, and if they crossed into Australian waters, the navy would have gone after them quick smart.
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Megabitch
User: megabitch
Date: 2007-04-20 13:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The entire Aussie Navy... Can I use my Dad's favourite line here? "What? Both boats?" *giggle*
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2007-04-20 13:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
OK, step back everyone, I think the Sheilas are going to be having words.

(And when it's Melbourne versus Perth ...)
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Liz
User: redcountess
Date: 2007-04-20 13:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
*snerk* They're probably too busy rounding up refugees anyway!
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MKIllingworth
User: mkillingworth
Date: 2007-04-20 10:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
More than a bit strange, I'd say.
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Linz: wedding
User: k425
Date: 2007-04-20 10:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:wedding
As The Guardian keeps acknowledging, it's the Mary Celeste.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2007-04-20 11:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Indeed, there was an actal ship Mary Celeste, on which the Marie Céleste story was based. However, all the interesting bits (dinner set, etc. etc.) are from the legend rather than from history, and we have Arthur Conan Doyle to thank for them.
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xnamkrad
User: xnamkrad
Date: 2007-04-20 12:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Just watched the report on the lunchtime BBC news - weird is the word. Given the boat was spotted on Wednesday by accident but rescue services only got there today, I can't see why it would be a hoax.
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