Nothing foreshadowed a catastrophe: a reliable ship, an experienced captain, a crew who worked together, a lively, proven route over the years. And yet, the ship "Marlboro" was missing. But 23 years later, the ship reappeared to people. In order to disappear - now, probably, forever.
The Marlboro sailing ship, built at the shipyard in Glasgow, has already made more than one flight from London to the city of Lyttelton (New Zealand), and everything went without incident. The old sea wolf, Captain Anderson, did not have enough stars from the sky, but was listed among the shipowners in good standing. And the team picked up the appropriate. 30 sailors, obeying the commands of Anderson, flew over the guys and were not afraid of even the strongest storm, knowing that the captain could pull them out of any scrape.
In 1884, the captain of the Marlboro became no less experienced than its predecessor, Dick Hurd. For six years he drove the ship along the previous route, never having caused complaints from shipowners. Marlboro worked like a clock - it took no more than 75 days to go one way.
But in 1890 this debugged mechanism failed. The crew carefully prepared the vessel for the voyage, took on board a load of wool and lamb. The only trouble is that right before the flight, Alex Young Carson, a ship boyfriend, fell ill. The young man was very upset that he could not sail. He did not know that the disease saved him from death. Captain Hurd instead of Jungi decided to take a passenger with him, so as not to violate the tradition instituted by Anderson: there should be exactly 30 people on board. Sailors, as you know, very superstitious people.
But this time the magic of numbers did not save the ship. On January 21, 1890, Marlboro departed Lyttelton on its last flight.
Two days later, the Marlboro was seen from an oncoming vessel heading for the shores of New Zealand.The teams exchanged news, and the ships rushed each to meet their goal. It took 75 days, but Marlboro did not appear in British waters. After waiting for some time in case of force majeure, the shipowners sent a high-speed clipper to Littelton. Maybe the ship for some reason returned to the shores of New Zealand? But no. “Before leaving the voyage, the ship was thoroughly checked. No technical issues were found. The team was in high spirits ", - that's all that officials could say in Littelton. Having sent several ships to an unsuccessful search for the Marlboro, the shipowners declared it unaccounted for, about which a corresponding entry was made in the ship registers.
Soon the official version of the death of the Marlboro was announced. Most likely, experts believed, it sank as a result of a collision with an iceberg in the area of Cape Horn. In February 1890 (it was then that the ship was supposed to reach the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, the extreme point of which is the Cape) the captains of the ships noted extraordinary ice activity in these places.
The entire crew of the Marlboro was also found dead.Jung, Alex Carson, whom the disease has saved from death in the waves, became the hero of newspaper reports. However, soon, as it happens, journalists have forgotten about him - new exciting topics have appeared. About the future of young Carson is not known.
It has been 23 years. About Marlboro long forgotten. The sailors of the Johnson steamer, trapped in the waters of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago - about the same place where, according to specialists, the Marlboro died - suddenly saw a sailing ship. The captain of the Johnson later recalled: “We were walking not far from Cape Horn. The ship was battered by heavy storms, so we tried not to depart from the shore. But that day turned out to be very successful - quiet and calm. True, the reddened sun foreshadowed a storm in the coming hours. The team was engaged in maintenance, when the vessel’s silhouette appeared near us. We were alarmed by the fact that instead of the sails on the masts some scraps fluttered around him. I decided that the ship was in distress and tried to contact him, but no one answered our signals. Studying the ship with binoculars, I did not see any movement on the deck. Then I ordered the launch of a lifeboat with a rescue team headed by a senior assistant. ”
Sailors boarded the mysterious ship - the benefit of almost complete calm easily allowed them to do so. And then they stumbled upon a skeleton in scraps of clothing. Boards on the deck almost rotted - the team had to move, controlling every step, so as not to fall into the hold. On the bridge, near the steering wheel, another skeleton was found - probably the captain. Total sailors found the remains of twenty people. Most of them were on the places provided by the watch schedule, only six were in the mess room. The logbook was almost completely decayed and was completely covered with mold. With difficulty, rescuers dismantled the inscription “Marlboro. Glasgow".
The storm began. Sailors had to return on board the ship. They could not tow the Marlboro: the weak and battered Johnson machine would not have been able to cope with such a load, and it was not far to the nearest port. Therefore, the sailors telegraphed the strange meeting ashore and set off along their route, leaving the Marlboros at will. No one else has ever met him. Most likely, the ghost ship died during the next storm.
Arriving at the port, the sailors of the Johnson under oath confirmed their testimony, which is recorded in the official documents of the British Admiralty and is considered true.