Otago Museum officials are planning to continue a dramatised
''whodunnit?'' series after the success of a recent event
focusing on one of the world's most baffling maritime
About 60 museum visitors sought to ''navigate the mystery''
of Mary Celeste, a cargo ship often also referred to as
''Marie Celeste'', at the evening event last month.
Two actors wearing period costume provided clues to help
visitors get to the bottom of this real-life ''ghost ship''
mystery. The 31m-long ship set sail from New York, bound for
Italy, in 1872 with a cargo of raw alcohol.
The vessel was later found floating, but abandoned, in the
Atlantic on December 4, 1872.
Captain Benjamin Briggs, his wife, daughter and a crew of
eight were never seen again.
The museum's director of visitor interaction and programmes,
Helen Horner, said the visitors had ranged from students to
There had been ''great audience participation'' at the
evening, with ''plenty of questions and lots of discussion
and laughter when trying to solve the mystery''.
Museum staff now planned to stage about three such mystery
evening events each year, and it was hoped to hold the next
one within a few months.
Such events often had ''wonderful outcomes'', opening up
visitors' sense of curiosity and encouraging them to learn
more about historical events, she said.