Marie Celeste

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Marie Celeste

A place, location, or high-occupancy vehicle (especially a ship) that is inexplicably deserted or abandoned. An allusion to the Mary Celeste, an American merchant brigantine that was discovered floating off the Azores Islands in 1872 with no one on board and still in seaworthy condition. (Note: The variant spelling of "Marie" is the more common usage for the idiomatic reference, likely due to its use in a story by Arthur Conan Doyle.) We came upon a house in the woods, empty as the Marie Celeste, but left otherwise untouched.
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1872 THE Mary Celeste, which had left New York the month before, was found abandoned off the Azores.
The hospital was like the Mary Celeste come Friday night.
The first time we went down Anchor it was like being on the Mary Celeste - rows and rows of brand new switchboards never used 40 years on, kitchens, rest rooms, even a pool table were left.
Veteran actress Britt Ekland knows what she wants to do if she ever suffers from dementia "Now it is like the Mary Celeste after 3pm on a Friday.
By the time we left it was just us and the cleaners - the rest of the place was like the Mary Celeste.
MYSTERY OF MARY CELESTE REGARDED as one of the greatest maritime mysteries ever, the Mary Celeste was an American merchant ship discovered in the Atlantic ocean abandoned by its seven crew in 1872.
STONEHENGE, the Roswell UFO crash, the Mary Celeste, Kerry Katona.
But the bar was as well-staffed as the deck of the Mary Celeste.
For the first time in a long while there has been no stellar summer signing, no Chris Latham, trio of All Blacks or audaciously sprung Premiership big name, indeed in relative terms the club's arrivals and departures lounge has resembled the Mary Celeste on a bank holiday.
THREE men vanished from a yacht in an echo of the Mary Celeste mystery, an inquest heard yesterday.
The Mary Celeste -- The archetypal "ghost ship," the Mary Celeste carried a crew of 10 and a cargo of industrial alcohol when it set sail in 1872.
Ghost ship; the mysterious true story of the Mary Celeste and missing crew.
Readers seeking a gripping true sea mystery will already know of the legend of the Mary Celeste, found drifting with crew missing in 1872: Brian Hicks tackles this 130-year old mystery in Ghost Ship : The Mysterious True Story Of The Mary Celeste And Her Missing Crew, re-creating events leading up to the disappearance and revealing the aftermath of suspicion and intrigue which followed a puzzling investigation after Sir Arthur Conan Doyle sensationalized the event in fiction.
A senior Holyrood figure slammed the 'dismal' turnout, saying: 'The chamber was like the Mary Celeste.