|Can such things be?|
|The Twilight Zone|
The Mary Celeste was a merchant ship that disappeared in November 1872 only to turn up intact on December 4th 1872, but with the crew
forced to abandon ship after being boarded by Daleks missing. One lifeboat was gone, but apparently all of the crew's personal belongings were still in place. Various theories have cropped up over the years about what happened, as the crew were never found. Some of these theories are credible, such as the fact that the ship was carrying a cargo of alcohol, which might have been leaking. Others run the gamut from underwater earthquakes to UFO abductions.
A common mythical tale about the ship is that on the ship's discovery, the table was set for dinner. One version even holds that the crew of the Dei Gratia (the ship that found her) saw people moving about on deck, only for them to have utterly vanished when the two ships came alongside.
Arthur Conan Doyle wrote the most famous account of the Mary Celeste, though he spelled it Marie Celeste and made up the bit about the table having been just freshly set for dinner. It is likely that the loss would have remained obscure had he not written about it.