Writing in the first person, Doyle tells his story as a survivor of the Mary Celeste, the real ship that was found abandoned and adrift in the Atlantic Ocean in 1872. He changes a number of details, including the names of the captain, crew, and passengers, and also the name of the vessel, from Mary Celeste to Marie Celeste. It is possible that the change to the ship's name was accidental, since Doyle does not change the name of the Dei Gratia, the ship that salvaged the Mary Celeste.
The popularity of Doyle's story has led to a widespread misconception that Marie Celeste was the name of the real ship.
- Conan Doyle, A. "J. Habakuk Jephson's Statement". readbookonline.net. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
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