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The Mystery of the Mary Celeste

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On Nov. 5, 1872, Benjamin Briggs of Wareham, Mass. piloted the brigantine Mary Celeste to sea loaded with cargo for Genoa. It was the last time anyone saw Briggs or any of his crew alive. The mystery of the Mary ...

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The Day Rhode Island Hanged 26 Pirates

On July 19, 1723, officials in Newport, R.I., hanged 26 sailors for piracy before a jubilant crowd. They comprised half of all executions in Rhode Island between 1673 and February 13, 1845. Puritan minister Cotton Mather was pleased to get ...

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