The Riddle of the Raven
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There are a large number of superstitions connected with ships and I have certainly heard that you don't change a ship's name, although it happens all the time. I'd never heard that you don't name a ship for a bird, though. Animals yes (the Golden Hind) but not birds.
The Raven was originally the Goteborg but that is the same name as the Danish royal yacht so it had to be re-named. She was built in Denmark and her owner was crushed between the ship and the dock while she was still fitting out. Rather an ominous start. A consortium bought her to work in the Caribbean but she almost foundered in the Bay of Biscay and crew reported strange lights and happenings as well as sightings of a ghost while she sailed across the Atlantic. The owners put her up for sale.
Jan de Groot bought her in the Caribbean, intending to sail her to Vancouver where he would use her to take at-risk kids on coastal cruises to give them experiences of success and working as a team. He laughed at the ghost stories. The paying crew he put together ("Sea adventure! learn navigation while sailing the Caribbean! Only $1000!) should have been vetted a little more carefully probably but the rules were laid out pretty clearly and everyone understands you don't drink on watch, right? The book details the problems involved in getting the ship to sea and keeping her running properly. The idea was to have a pleasant cruise then go through the Panama Canal and sail up the Pacific Coast to Vancouver. Didn't happen. The question de Groot was left with was whether the ghost was determined to sink the ship or save it and he hasn't decided that question yet.
The Mary Celeste sometimes referred to as the Marie Celeste? She turns up as a wreck in 2001 - maybe - along with Clive Cussler and Mr. Delgado.