This beautiful 5-mast schooner,
the Carroll A. Deering, was launched on Friday afternoon April
4, 1919, in Bath, Maine. She was graceful, strong, proud
and eager for a long and productive life on the high seas. Yet,
incredibly, she was found high aground on Hatteras' Diamond Shoals
on a winter morning 21 months later under full rigging and sail but
devoid of crew, alive or otherwise! What
were the circumstances that caused this proud ship to come to such an
early end affording it a firm place in the history books as the "Ghost Ship of Diamond Shoals"?
How could this happen? What
was involved in her demise? Who were the key players?
Were there hidden motives? Theories abound
to this day about the Carroll A. Deering. Her demise still
remains as one of the greatest unsolved maritime mysteries of all
time. Read her story and then judge for yourself. Was it piracy? Was it mutiny? Was it booze
runners? Was it simply abandonment at sea?