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    Re: The mystery of the Queensland version of the Marie Celeste.
    From: Robert Eno
    Date: 2007 May 5, 10:31 -0400

    Thanks Peter.
    This sounds to me like a very plausible explanation.
    Your own story is indeed chilling. I have the same sinking feeling whenever
    I anchor my own boat in an isolated harbour to go ashore to hunt or fish or
    to take tourists ashore, as we do all summer long. Leaving a man on board is
    more often than not, simply not tenable. While I am a fanatic about
    anchoring, no system is foolproof so when I am ashore, I am in a constant
    state of anxiety about how well my anchor is holding; calm seas or not.
    While it is not as dangerous a situation as being in the water while your
    boat is steaming away from you and out of reach, being stranded in the
    middle of nowhere and facing a one week walk back to civilization through
    hostile territory , is not exactly a welcome prospect either. But at least
    on land, one does have a fighting chance.
    Please keep us posted on any further developments. The story is fascinating.
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "PF" 
    To: "NavList" 
    Sent: Saturday, May 05, 2007 12:35 AM
    Subject: [NavList 2822] Re: The mystery of the Queensland version of the
    Marie Celeste.
    > Here's a link to what may be the last word on this mystery:
    > And a personal anecdote. We were sailing back from Lord Howe. Well, we
    > would have liked to have been sailing, but there wasn't enough wind.
    > It was, on the other hand, a lovely warm day, the sea was blue and
    > inviting, the bottom of it about 4,000 metres away.
    > So we went for a swim. Furled the headsail, but left the main up - it
    > was too much work to get it down and then up again on this big boat so
    > we left it up, even when motoring. If nothing else it stabilised the
    > boat; we were less tossed around by the swell.
    > So we eased the boom right out, effectively taking all the driving
    > power out of this sail. We also left at least one person on-board at
    > all times. Plus we ran a number of lines from the stern, including one
    > attached by both ends to the boat, thus forming a bight enclosing our
    > swimming pen.
    > The (appropriately enough) deep blue water was speckled with white
    > spots that we assumed were plankton. But I noticed that although the
    > boat, from aboard, seemed to be hardly moving, once in the water it
    > became clear that it was moving about as fast as I could comfortably
    > swim. Of course it was easy to grab one of the lines and get towed, or
    > pull myself back to the boat.
    > It was a sobering experience. We were very careful to wear PFDs and to
    > remain attached to the boat with lifelines; always at night and in
    > rough weather. And to organise watches of two, so we could keep an eye
    > on each other.
    > >
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