The Maritime Mystery Of The Mary Celeste

What happened to the missing crew of the Mary Celeste?
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  1. BuzzFeed Unsolved Network

    BuzzFeed Unsolved Network

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    Make sure to leave your questions for our Post Mortem episode down below! Submit a video question to get featured in the episode here:

    • Eric Southard

      Eric Southard

      27 gün əvvəl

      Have you guys heard of The Boys from Yuba City? It’s a really bizarre case.

    • TelluricHipHop


      Ay əvvəl

      @Nuggy G t762yDR2TRdtd27

    • Dyanna Crowe

      Dyanna Crowe

      2 ay əvvəl

      #postmortem As a Nova Scotian, I was absolutely shooketh that my home province was said. (Also big thanks for pronouncing it correctly). I absolutely love Maritime mysteries such as this one, loved to hear your quips about it :)

    • Pat San

      Pat San

      2 ay əvvəl

      #PostMortem you think the ship is haunted and some ghost pirates is messing with the crew members?

    • Jennifer Kowalchuk

      Jennifer Kowalchuk

      2 ay əvvəl

      #PostMortem regardless of the reasons for abandoning ship, is it possible the row boat they used capsized? Could've got caught in a storm or hit a rouge wave?

  2. Rachel B.

    Rachel B.

    7 saat əvvəl

    Isn't it bad luck to rename a boat? So the Amazon was already bad luck, and then they change the name and add MORE bad luck? That ship was destined for damnation!

  3. Nicholas Anderson

    Nicholas Anderson

    Gün əvvəl

    Defo pirates

  4. Jwef Potargent

    Jwef Potargent

    Gün əvvəl

    dude an earthquake ate sea is a tsunami, well not quite but still. Big waves

  5. Zerouge Media

    Zerouge Media

    Gün əvvəl

    We all know the daleks where chasing the doctor through time and when they arrived they made everyone jump ship that's what happened to the mary celeste

  6. TheMardBard


    Gün əvvəl

    I'm 2 months late to the party, but "Boye Lorenzen" is an exceptionally good name. 12:13

  7. Rockin


    Gün əvvəl

    8:07 OR it's an orangutan and his stand

  8. Lourenco Vieira

    Lourenco Vieira

    Gün əvvəl

    I have never heard of this and Im from Portugal!

  9. Sav TheWriter

    Sav TheWriter

    2 gün əvvəl

    I love how Shane always makes Ryan laugh so hard. It’s adorable

  10. Joseph Frazer

    Joseph Frazer

    2 gün əvvəl


  11. Jade


    2 gün əvvəl

    Why dont they sit on the actual chairs? Lol

  12. I like to eat batteries

    I like to eat batteries

    2 gün əvvəl

    Whenever he said “a man named Alexander mcbean” I was half expecting him to say Hamilton instead,,

  13. Marta H

    Marta H

    2 gün əvvəl

    I wish they explained the story without interrupting so much

  14. Gabby Da Yabby

    Gabby Da Yabby

    3 gün əvvəl

    ‘No signs of a stuggle’ Me: What if the killer/pirates, cleaned up after themselves.. Their mothers would be proud

  15. Kaitlyn McAllister

    Kaitlyn McAllister

    3 gün əvvəl

    You guys probably won't see this but can you please cover the murder of Maddie Clifton?!?!

  16. Taylor Christine

    Taylor Christine

    4 gün əvvəl

    “I don’t believe in ghosts but I wouldn’t live in a house where a bunch of people got murdered it would be a bummer” He isn’t wrong though

  17. Cameron Winnick

    Cameron Winnick

    4 gün əvvəl

    Nobody: Shane: 👺Seamen....😒

  18. kam grewal

    kam grewal

    6 gün əvvəl

    Ryan and Shane’s backs must be hurting No genuinely I think they might hurt

  19. Jem RC

    Jem RC

    6 gün əvvəl

    Bet they went ashore to explore or something, came back to their boat in the far distance being towed

  20. Christy Miles

    Christy Miles

    6 gün əvvəl

    Its genuinely so cool to hear a story about where I'm from on this channel!!

  21. Ava Hausken

    Ava Hausken

    7 gün əvvəl

    Y’all need to go over the case of the ship Fitzgerald that were missing on Lake superior

  22. Melisa


    8 gün əvvəl

    Or they just got too drunk and fell all off the boat 😂

  23. Josip Mikulić

    Josip Mikulić

    8 gün əvvəl

    This is so painfully unfunny...

  24. JP Thunder

    JP Thunder

    9 gün əvvəl

    "WhO cAn PaSs Up A sAiL?!"

  25. Amanda Vinklarek

    Amanda Vinklarek

    9 gün əvvəl

    off topic but did anyone see the cat/random animal walk behind them at 23:08 ?

  26. Holo Its Dani

    Holo Its Dani

    10 gün əvvəl

    i wonder what ryan and shane feel about that aliens were actually confirmed to be true in 2020

  27. Preston Roberts

    Preston Roberts

    10 gün əvvəl

    *In the middle of a huge storm with water spouts and high waves* The captain: "Hurry! Head toward the tiny life boats! Forget this sturdy huge boat we currently have!"

  28. _Raccoon_


    10 gün əvvəl

    suicidal ship

  29. Alvis Larson

    Alvis Larson

    10 gün əvvəl

    What if it was a really big wave that yeeted them off the boat? #postmortem

  30. Poetry Bacon

    Poetry Bacon

    11 gün əvvəl

    The boat was sold off, so did it sail again? After so much bad luck and weirdness, did it all just stop or was it considered cursed and dismantled?

  31. Briana Lambert

    Briana Lambert

    11 gün əvvəl

    If it was a sea monster, wouldn't it have damaged the ship more than it was? If I had to guess given the facts that it wasn't damaged severely, that key navigational tools were missing, there was no sign of violence, that the sounding rod was missing, and if we assume that the ship that found it was not involved, my best bet would be folie a deux, where there was a delusion shared by the passengers, or some kind of madness that compelled them to abandon ship.

  32. D L

    D L

    12 gün əvvəl

    Boat was a mimic, the crew tried to escape and it are them and the lifeboat

  33. Shin Lee

    Shin Lee

    14 gün əvvəl

    I love your stuff but I cringe every time you say "AZORS" instead of "A-ZO-RES".

  34. Leonardo Andres Correa

    Leonardo Andres Correa

    14 gün əvvəl

    It's industrial alcohol tho

  35. skepticalshrek


    15 gün əvvəl

    I have a theory. The two brothers part of the crew made the captains wife and daughter jump out of the Mary Celeste. Then fought the other 8 guys not before getting them drunk and then killing them by beating them to unconsciousness and throwing em out as well. Then they took the lifeboat and the captain and threatened to kill him if he didn’t help them escape. Maybe they did stole something more valuable than those alcohol barrels. Hence why at the end they got rid of the captain by drowning him and after arriving to a different country, they started a new life with a new identity.

  36. Brielle Reed

    Brielle Reed

    15 gün əvvəl

    me, who writes journal entries like i’m writing an epic journey: 👁👄👁

  37. jay tezzytv

    jay tezzytv

    15 gün əvvəl

    You should do the spy in the bag next

  38. spo


    15 gün əvvəl

    wait, did anyone check Santa Maria Island???

  39. Anthony


    15 gün əvvəl

    Their commentary is so annoying

  40. Doe at Sea

    Doe at Sea

    16 gün əvvəl

    “need beer, drink emotion” is kinda poetic

  41. Someone Named Tygget

    Someone Named Tygget

    16 gün əvvəl

    I heard that Captain Benjamin Spooner Briggs became the King of Limbo after he disappeared.

  42. Violet_SilverBlood


    16 gün əvvəl

    Ryan: And there could be scientific explanations... Shane: Oooh :) Ryan: And then there could be other explanation. Shane: Oooh :(

  43. ꧁ ꧂

    ꧁ ꧂

    16 gün əvvəl

    Make small mistake and they come thats why

  44. asummer6dbz


    17 gün əvvəl

    So who else thought of the other type of sounding rod every time it was said?

  45. scentless apprentice

    scentless apprentice

    18 gün əvvəl

    I don't believe in ghosts either Shane and like you, I also wouldn't buy a house people were murdered in. Not because of ghosts but because it is a total bummer and bad mojo.

  46. Chris


    18 gün əvvəl

    Hey, Ryan, thought I'd share a theory that might help put your mind at ease at it seemed very plausible when I heard it. With the 9 barrels of alcohol that were emptied, I heard the theory that the fumes were noticeable on deck. Worried of a combustion, the captain ordered everyone aboard the lifeboat with the intention of returning to the ship after it was safe which would explain no struggle and no personal items taken as they did intend to come back. A line was used to secure the lifeboat to the ship, but proved unworthy as it detached and they were unable to get back to the ship. Not a very happy ending thinking about their final days, but definitely seems to check most of the boxes of this mystery. Great show! Hope to see more.

  47. Stacey Keba

    Stacey Keba

    18 gün əvvəl

    Patrick, Tess Christine's husband was definitely, actually, positively Benjamin Spooner Briggs in a previous life.

  48. Charles Julg

    Charles Julg

    18 gün əvvəl

    Did anyone else make the mistake of googling “sounding rod” after watching this? Just me? Ok looking out....

    • F M

      F M

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  49. GhostFox 66

    GhostFox 66

    18 gün əvvəl

    i made the crew vanish, sorry i will try not to to make a habit of it, huh it's it's a long story. my bad, guys my bad

  50. Pallavi Das

    Pallavi Das

    19 gün əvvəl

    Died laughing 🤣

  51. Silly Eli

    Silly Eli

    19 gün əvvəl

    May 18 is my birthday 😭😭

  52. Sapphire !

    Sapphire !

    19 gün əvvəl

    i love this channel so much it isnt just some people reading a script theres humor and life to it

  53. Taruna


    19 gün əvvəl

    i feel dei gratia ppl are responsible for it.

  54. R MK

    R MK

    20 gün əvvəl

    'a seasoned seaman's seen some seepage' - once said a great man.

  55. Mariocar07


    20 gün əvvəl

    Ryan: “whaddya think happened to them” Shane: “monke”

  56. Shivanjali Deo

    Shivanjali Deo

    20 gün əvvəl

    Anyone happen to know what the music is at 2:35? It's super chill

  57. Justin Antony

    Justin Antony

    21 gün əvvəl

    Can you do an episode about mythical creatures, like dragons?

  58. tehstormie


    21 gün əvvəl

    Guys, ya don't know anything about ships or the sea. Why did you decide to do this video? Makes about as much sense as a monkey explaining navigation.

  59. firewolfgames


    21 gün əvvəl

    they prob got drunk

  60. WolfGurl111


    21 gün əvvəl

    Giant sea monster might not be to far off, there is a species of squid that is believed to be about 59 feet and when compared to a blue whale close to the same size. In 2003 a giant squid was seen to have tried to take down a yacht (it was 10meters long or 32.81 feet) but failed however the squid was only 24 feet long meaning if the ship was 99.5 feet and a giant squid is 59 feet it would only be a 40.5 feet difference and if your ship was being attacked by a squid I’m sure you’d run too, that’s probably why no damage was done it sensed a live animal leave the ship and went to try and get a snack (probably why it was attacking the boat) before it could do any noticeable damage. Then again I don’t know we’re giant squids are found so this might not be possible and of course there’s always a possibility that they were attacked by a yet to be recorded sea creature that attacked the same why I described the squid might have.

  61. ZoeIsHere


    21 gün əvvəl

    Random: I would name my boat caedet the small

  62. Renske


    21 gün əvvəl

    Fun fact, it is believed that renaming your ship will cause bad luck.

  63. shyfen1


    22 gün əvvəl

    I wouldn’t rename mine because it’s bad luck

  64. Drew Richardson

    Drew Richardson

    22 gün əvvəl

    Guy gundecks maintenance and the bilge had more water than they thought so panicked and launched the lifeboats....very plausible Evidence: I used to be a sailor and this doesn’t seem like a reach

  65. Ricardo Salvador

    Ricardo Salvador

    23 gün əvvəl

    was this his last video on youtube?

  66. InquireZ


    23 gün əvvəl

    My English class had to do a report on this and explain what we think happened and support it with evidence. We also had to say what we think the least likely thing was and use quotes from the sources we used. I wish I found this when I had to wright it because I almost lost the will to live trying to find evidence.

  67. Sixion Zear

    Sixion Zear

    24 gün əvvəl

    So that’s why it’s called sounding-

    • Jīvera 'svarūpa' haya-kṛṣṇera 'nitya-dāsa'

      Jīvera 'svarūpa' haya-kṛṣṇera 'nitya-dāsa'

      23 gün əvvəl

      You’re not the material body, you’re the spirit-soul within the material body. The constitutional position of every living entity is to be a servant of Śrī Kṛṣṇa, who is the Supreme Personality of Godhead and your ever well-wisher. It is in your best interest to surrender unto Him and make your life successful. Chant Hare Kṛṣṇa and be happy! Visit to learn the philosophy!

  68. Kristen Marie

    Kristen Marie

    24 gün əvvəl

    Earthquakes at sea are what cause tsunamis.

  69. Catherine Noel

    Catherine Noel

    24 gün əvvəl

    I love you guys soooooooo much ❤️you always make me feel better whenever I have a bad day . Thank you ❤️❤️❤️

  70. forest demon ddaeng

    forest demon ddaeng

    25 gün əvvəl

    sounding rods eh? MISSING sounding rod eh? hehe

  71. Sabrina Saadeh

    Sabrina Saadeh

    26 gün əvvəl

    Did anyone else see the cat at 23:08 ?

  72. EXONCT Stan

    EXONCT Stan

    26 gün əvvəl

    wavy? it's more like wayv to me lol

  73. Shaliek


    26 gün əvvəl

    No one: Ryan and Shane: *sitting on two uncomfortable looking stools while two perfectly good lawn chairs sit behind them*

    • Breenanaberry


      4 gün əvvəl

      The lawn chairs are for the ghosts

    • ManThePlow


      7 gün əvvəl

      .... And a fake campfire.

    • Oh No

      Oh No

      21 gün əvvəl

      For the aesthetic

  74. Average Alien

    Average Alien

    26 gün əvvəl

    such a shame the comments on these videos are braindead

    • Jīvera 'svarūpa' haya-kṛṣṇera 'nitya-dāsa'

      Jīvera 'svarūpa' haya-kṛṣṇera 'nitya-dāsa'

      23 gün əvvəl

      You’re not the material body, you’re the spirit-soul within the material body. The constitutional position of every living entity is to be a servant of Śrī Kṛṣṇa, who is the Supreme Personality of Godhead and your ever well-wisher. It is in your best interest to surrender unto Him and make your life successful. Chant Hare Kṛṣṇa and be happy! Visit to learn the philosophy!

  75. Zionne Makoma

    Zionne Makoma

    27 gün əvvəl

    I'd name my boat The S.S Anus

  76. E Currency

    E Currency

    27 gün əvvəl

    I felt like i was watching the soft pitch for Series of Unfortante events. Ryan is Count Olaf

  77. Katherine Melton

    Katherine Melton

    27 gün əvvəl

    All the people got off, the captain seems to have had his faculties because of the items he took. It was sudden though, due to the lack of another hourly log in the book. Seems like if the captain had his faculties he would have the person in charge of the log leave information so they could be rescued. So, likely it was VERY sudden. So the question is, why so sudden? I've never experienced a seaquake either but seems like things would be strewn around. That's the only theory that I could imagine causing such alarm to evacuate so quickly... Maybe it was the pirates. Marched them off under threat of hurting the little girl? But then the sextant, map, everything was gone... and the sounding thing was in a strange location. I would be surprised if the pirate crew thought heavily enough about it to get rid of those navigation items, get rid of the life boat, perpetrate insurance fraud and ALSO have the presence of mind to walk the people off the boat before a slaughter so there was no blood or struggle... To me it seems clear there was a panic, but for what? Something with the boat. If there was a seaquake you would want to be in a big boat, not a small life boat when your large one is floating fine... and if there was water mis-read by the jerry-rigged sounding equipment, you wouldn't have to get far away from the boat in the lifeboat in that instance. You could stay nearby and just get in as a precaution, then re-board after seeing it was fine for a few hours. Maybe he did think it was going to blow. Clearly the captain thought something about THE BOAT was a danger.

  78. TheSofres


    27 gün əvvəl

    My theory is that people were hiding in the barrels. They were let out by someone from the crew. They took over the ship. Killed everyone and took off with the small boat with money and jewelry.

  79. Cc Shinigami

    Cc Shinigami

    27 gün əvvəl

    anyone else see the dog in the back?

  80. Cynthia Sun

    Cynthia Sun

    27 gün əvvəl

    The kraken would be illogical due to the lack of damage to the boat and how it's not in disarray. The most logical illogical theory would be alien abduction?

  81. Really Lili

    Really Lili

    28 gün əvvəl

    I'd love to see them cover the Ourang Medan.

  82. James Kennet

    James Kennet

    28 gün əvvəl

    Ryan: Oh well then what happened to them?! Shane: M O N K E

  83. LilKingZ710


    29 gün əvvəl

    Sounding rod...

  84. Silkiestink 0757

    Silkiestink 0757

    29 gün əvvəl

    I recon during a storm, the boat had a tilt, a dangerous tilt, that the drunken crew and passengers were scared of. They left the ship on a life boat and died at sea. After the storm, the tilt was corrected. This would explain the missing alcohol, the lack of damage, the lack of evidence and the missing crew.

  85. KatieGarbanzoBean


    29 gün əvvəl

    my family’s last name used to be mcbean forever ago before ellis island, but now it’s just bean which is still dope asf

  86. Blapis-Blazuli


    Ay əvvəl

    "What if they got eaten by crabs?" Is this supposed to be a callback to the Amelia Earhart video?

  87. Melanie Gonzalez

    Melanie Gonzalez

    Ay əvvəl

    buzzfeed knows this is the only series that is keeping them likable

  88. Commander Roger Roger

    Commander Roger Roger

    Ay əvvəl

    Thay got there castaways stolen so they left the server

  89. zamiya weyrah

    zamiya weyrah

    Ay əvvəl

    nobody is going to say anything about the seats behind them and the fact that they are still sitting on a piece of wood?

  90. PhillipBrian Butler

    PhillipBrian Butler

    Ay əvvəl

    If I had a boat it would be named Defiant

  91. Cpt Billy Mays

    Cpt Billy Mays

    Ay əvvəl

    god, I could of gone my whole life without hearing Ryan say Sounding Rod, especially that much lol.

  92. Wow Cool

    Wow Cool

    Ay əvvəl


  93. Ali RS

    Ali RS

    Ay əvvəl

    im watching this drunk on christmas loveu guysn from argentina!!

  94. David Strain

    David Strain

    Ay əvvəl

    Honestly it would have to be pirates alcohol was a very big commodity for pirates at that time. What’s also very big at that time is Spanish, French and British militaries hunting and killing pirates. The pirates who took the ship may have come into contact with a naval ship from one of the countries military and abandoned ship before being spotted and killed, but maybe the military ship didn’t see it or didn’t stop to check it out and the merchant ship just left floating until found later on.

  95. Erik mendence

    Erik mendence

    Ay əvvəl

    The maritime mystery is the most bombass title ive ever heard.

  96. I’m Dirty Dan

    I’m Dirty Dan

    Ay əvvəl

    my theory: pirates came aboard but didnt want to kill them so they put them on a life boat. then, the pirates checked the ship to make sure it was sea worthy and thought it was sinking so dipped

  97. Sophia Rocca

    Sophia Rocca

    Ay əvvəl

    6:41 my name is Sophia!!! 😳☹️😑

  98. Julesong


    Ay əvvəl

    The Mary Celeste? Why, the Daleks were behind that, you know. (Doctor Who, Season 2 "The Chase" Part/Episode 32 "Flight Through Eternity". Aired on June 5,1965. Yep, they were there.)

  99. Unkown user

    Unkown user

    Ay əvvəl

    I like how they are sitting by a fire talking and sitting on logs with chairs behind them

  100. Roy Earle

    Roy Earle

    Ay əvvəl

    they say it's bad luck to rename a boat. Guess that happened here.