Adults wanting to try something a little different during
their next trip to the Otago Museum can learn more this week
about one of the world's most baffling maritime mysteries.
Museum visitors can ''navigate the mystery of the Marie
Celeste'' during a paid-entry ''Whodunnit Mystery''
evening of seafaring suspense tomorrow.
Built in Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1860, the Marie
Celeste was a 31m-long cargo ship which set sail from New
York, bound for Italy, in November 1872 with a cargo of raw
The ship was later found floating, but abandoned, in the
Atlantic on December 4, 1872.
Captain Benjamin Briggs, his wife and daughter, and a crew of
eight were never seen again.
Players in period costume will provide clues to help visitors
get to the bottom of this real-life ''ghost ship'' mystery.
Bookings were essential for the 7pm event, and the $15 entry
charge included a drink and canapes, organisers said.
The museum's director of visitor interaction and programmes,
Helen Horner, said the museum wanted to provide ''engaging
interactive experiences'', and the latest show followed the
success of the museum's first ''Whodunnit Mystery'' night,
Two trained actors on the museum staff were playing key
roles, and the event aimed to entertain people in a
different, more interactive way.
It was hoped to continue such ''Mystery'' evenings, based on
scientific fact, in future, she said.