My great grandfather was among the men who discovered the abandoned ship. A part of the story never told was that he found a small sword or knife aboard the Mary Celeste which did have something on the blade. He quietly took it with him and it remained in our family for a long time before the gold in the handle was removed and cast into a pair of earrings for a gift to my grandmother. my mother still has one of these earrings in her possession. This story has never left the family.