French ship found adrift and deserted on November 6, 1840.
The Rosalie, a large French ship bound from Hamburg to Havana, was discovered sailing the Atlantic, inside the Bermuda triangle, with all of her sails set and no crew on board.
The Rosalie's cargo, reported to be valuable, was intact, and the only living things aboard were several animals, including half-starved canaries, a cat and some fowl. None of the crew was ever found.
The following article about the incident was published in the London Times, Nov. 6, 1840:
SHIP DESERTED. — A letter from Nassau, in the Bahamas, bearing date the 27th of August, has the following narrative: — "A singular fact has taken place within the last few days. A large French vessel, bound from Hamburgh to the Havannah, was met by one of our small coasters, and was discovered to be completely abandoned. The greater part of her sails were set, and she did not appear to have sustained any damage. The cargo, composed of wines, fruits, silks, etc., was of very considerable value, and was in a most perfect condition. The captain's papers were all secure in their proper place. The soundings gave three feet of water in the hold, but there was no leak whatever. The only living beings found on board were a cat, some fowls, and several canaries half dead with hunger. The cabins of the officers and passengers were very elegantly furnished, and everything indicated that they had been only recently deserted. In one of them were found several articles belonging to a lady's toilet, together with a quantity of ladies' wearing apparel thrown hastily aside, but not a human being was to be found on board. The vessel, which must have been left within a very few hours, contained several bales of goods addressed to different merchants in Havannah. She is very large, recently built, and called the Rosalie. Of her crew no intelligence has been received."
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