The Mystery of the MV Joyita
MV Joyita was a merchant vessel from which 25 passengers and crew mysteriously disappeared in the South Pacific in 1955. It was found adrift in the South Pacific without its crew on board. The ship was in very poor condition, including corroded pipes and a radio which, while functional, only had a range of about 2 miles due to faulty wiring. Despite this, the extreme buoyancy of the shipmade sinking nearly impossible. Investigators were puzzled as to why the crew did not remain on board and wait for help.
In October 1955, a merchant vessel named MV Joyita set sail from Samoa for a two-day voyage to Tokelau Islands, carrying 25 people and a cargo of timber and empty oil drums. Four days later, its destination port sent out a message that the ship had never arrived. No distress signals had been received -- the Joyita had just vanished.
Everyone flipped out and a huge search mission was organized. Still, the vessel wasn't found until over a month later, floating aimlessly a good 600 miles away from Samoa ... with nobody on board.
The Joyita was flooded and tilting to the pointof being partially submerged.
And no, it wasn't a case where everybody was standing on one rail and when the boat tipped it dumped them all into the water. The boat's logbook and navigational equipment were missing, as were the dinghy, all three lifeboats and all the food. The radio of the ship was found to be in perfect working order and set to the emergency frequency. However, it only had a range of about 2 miles due to messed-up wiring that had gone unnoticed.
Well ... that's eerie, granted, but pretty straightforward. The ship started leaking and they had to abandon it, because they were unable to signal for help, right?
It Gets Weirder:
That would be a nice theory, except for the fact that the ship was completely seaworthy. It had a large hole in its superstructure,indicating a collision with something -- but asthe actual hull had not been breached, that was nowhere near enough to cause much harm. There was a little water inside the ship, but that was mainly due to it bobbing in the waves like a cork for weeks.
If the crew and passengers loaded up in lifeboats and pissed off toward familiar waters, why weren't any of them spotted by air rescue? Lifeboats tend to be designed for good visibility, and even if they keel over they don't sink easily. And we're not talking about one lifeboat here, but three.
Wait, it gets better! Most of the windows of the ship were smashed. The main engine wascovered in mattresses for no apparent reason, and only one of the other engines was working. One of the passengers was a doctor, and his bag was found on the deck -- with several tools removed and replaced with bloody rags. To cap off the scene, the failing generator had stopped each of the ship's clocks at 10:25 p.m., presumably to indicate what we'll just go ahead and call "Cthulhu Time."
Unsurprisingly,most everyone started pushing their pet theory on what had happened. Even less surprisingly, said theories range from the usual pirate and mutiny stories to the obligatory "aliens did it" one, to a particularly creative one about Japanese holdouts from WWII having attacked the boat.
And who knows, maybe one of those batshit insane proposals is correct. MV Joyita isn't telling. She is too busy enjoying the deserved reputation of the "Mary Celeste of the Pacific."
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