The Mystery Ship

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia

The Mystery Ship is a letter written by Arthur Conan Doyle published in the Daily Express on 15 september 1924.


The Mystery Ship

Daily Express (15 september 1924, p. 8)

(From Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

Sir, — As one who has followed with interest the case of the Marie Celeste, may I point out the extreme improbability of the latest explanation.

In the first place it simply removes the mystery from one ship to the other. Why should a derelict be floating about with boats intact and a large sum of money on board? Secondly, why should a dozen or more rough seamen wander about the world for fifty years and never tell a story which every one wished to know, and which involved no criminal confession on their part?

Again, why should a decent captain or mates forfeit their whole career, and consent to obliterate themselves for ever, for so paltry a sum.

There are minor difficulties, but thee seem to me to be nearly insurmountable.

ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE.
Windlesham, Crowborough.