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cassiemn
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PostSubject: Re: Free iBT integrated writing task submission   Thu Oct 15, 2009 2:16 pm

The reading and the lecture talk about the mystery of the "ghost ship" Mary Celsete. The professor casts doubts upon the explanations stated in the reading.
To begin with, the professor doesn't agree with the theory of mutiny mentioned in the reading. According to the reading, Captain Briggs was murdered by his crews for his rigidness, and the ship was abandoned then. The professor objects the theory by stating that, first, Caption Briggs was respected, experienced, and with good reputation, and second, no crew took personal belongings with them when they abandoned the ship, which puts the credibility of the theory at risk.
Secondly, the professor disagrees with the theory of piracy stated in the reading. He thinks sound evidence is lacked to substantiate that Mary Celsete was actually pirated by the ship which claimed to find it. He further supports his opinion by the information that the captain of the so-called pirate ship was the friend of Captain Briggs.
Finally, the professor raises his explanations of the mystery. He thinks the ship was probably abandoned suddenly when it was found to be at the risk of explosion. He mentions the barrels carried on the ship, and postulates the leakage of alcohol from these barrels made the Caption very nervous. Upon the sight of fume, the Caption thought the ship was going to explode and ordered to abandon the ship in a hurry. Many of the crew were drowned or suffered from hunger to death.
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Yuliya
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PostSubject: the answer to the writing integrated task   Sun Oct 18, 2009 8:03 am

There is a lot of theories what has happened to the Mary Celeste ship. However, most of them are weak and doubtful.
One of the suggestions is that the ship's crew didn't appreciate its captain much. Consequently, a sedition exploded aboard, and Benjamin Briggs was killed. The crew throw the dead body overboard and escaped on lifeboats. Though the found nine barrels of alcohol being drunk up support the possibility of these events, the lecturer refute the incorrectness of the theory by providing the evidences that, actually, the crew liked Benjamin Briggs. The captain was famous for his good reputation among the ship workers, so that the possibility of the mutiny was minute. Moreover, the lecturer disprove the theory the founders of the ship pillaged it and killed all the people on board. He says they were the friends of the captain and, if they did so, they couldn't have get rid of evidences they committed the pillage.
Moreover, the lecturer provides the most plausible explanation for the ship's enigma. The crew, as known, had never experienced the transportation of alcohol. And, therefore, it was much scared when sailing with it to Italy. So on its way to Genoa, the alcohol leaked and its explosive fumes exuded. They caused a fire on a ship, and the scared crew had to abandon Mary Celeste. This kind of the explosion didn't damage the ship much, so that's why it remained in its ordinary condition. And the reasons that the crew wasn't found later may be that they drowned, or got into the storm, or died from the hunger.
To conclude, the reasons that the Mary Celeste was found empty because of the crew sedition or because its founders pillaged the ship are weak and controvertible. The most believable version is that there was a fire on the ship.
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dalila
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PostSubject: mari celeste   Fri Oct 23, 2009 3:12 pm

The reading passage and lecture mainly talk about the “MARY CELEST ghost ship”, as well the theories that involve the missing ship.
The reading passage provides a possible theory that might happened aboard the ship. This theory brings about the possibility of a sort of mutiny or piracy, which had killed the Captain and his family as well the whole tripulation. After that they might discard the bodies and runaway in the small sailing boats.
Another theory presented in the reading passage is the crew that had found the ship close to Portugal area killed all the tripulants aboard and claim the rewards for finding the missing ship.
In the other hand the lecture, however, contrast the theory of piracy. The lecture mentions the Captain was an honorable man, with a highly reputation and the marines would never take their belongings.
The lecture mentions the possibility of the crew might runaway from the ship, probably they have seem fumes, from the barrels of alcohol, they got to in panic and left the ship.
However, studies were done proving that they fume were not burn down the ship.
In addition in that era the Captain did not have enough experience in fire and because these reason they abandon the ship.
Moreover they could have died for 2 reasons:
They left in a very small sail boat; they might have lost in the sea and drawn.
They might die by exarvation.
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Maria Fe
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PostSubject: Re: Free iBT integrated writing task submission   Tue Oct 27, 2009 5:09 am

The lecture and the reading presents the issue of the Miystery of Mary Celeste. The professor refuses the explanation given on the passage and pressent a new one.

To begin with, acoording to the professor Mary Celeste's crew had a good reputation and respected their Captain. This contradicts the first explanation given on the text: motin.

Second, the professor states that the Captain who found Mary Celeste was a friend of Mary Celeste's Captain and that the crew made nothing suspicious. This cast doubts on the second explanation of the passage: piracy.

To finish the professor explains his theory. In his opinion people abandoned the ship because they were afraid of an explosion; Mary Celeste transported for the very first time alcohol, part of the crew probably become nervious when some of the alcohol licked. This will explain way they abandoned the ship quickly without taking any oftheir posesions.
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PostSubject: the answer to the writing integrated task   Sun Nov 01, 2009 11:42 pm


The lecturer refuses to accept the two theories of mutiny and piracy stated in the passage as possible explanations for the mystery surrounding the “ghost ship”, Mary Celeste. He argues that both these theories contradict the known facts. The lecturer then attempts to give an alternative explanation.

The text states mutiny as one of the plausible explanation for the mystery. The crew members may have killed the strict captain and his family members before throwing them overboard. They then abandoned the ship and left in one of the lifeboats. The lecturer, however, argues that Captain Briggs was a very experienced and respectable person. The crew members also had a good reputation. Another fact is that no personal belongings were taken by the crew before they left in the lifeboats and thus the lecturer feels that this theory is completely invalid.

The theory of piracy, as explained in the text, is also untrue according to the lecturer. The text states that the ship and the crew that found Mary Celeste may have killed the crew and passengers of Mary Celeste. However, the lecturer argues that the captain of the ship that found Mary Celeste was a friend of Captain Briggs. More importantly, in the trial that followed suspecting a foul play, no evidence was found against any of the crew members.

After claiming that the theories explained in the passage seem to be invalid, the lecturer attempts to provide one plausible explanation for mystery. The lecturer says that that text also agrees on the fact that 9 of the 1701 barrels of alcohol that were being transported were found to be empty. Thus, there might have been an incident of leakage in the barrels leading to fumes. Due to inexperience in transporting alcohol, the captain and crew members feared of fire and explosion. Thus they abandoned the ship and left in lifeboats. The either got lost in the sea then or were drowned.
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negandhi
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PostSubject: the answer to the writing integrated task   Sun Nov 01, 2009 11:42 pm


The lecturer refuses to accept the two theories of mutiny and piracy stated in the passage as possible explanations for the mystery surrounding the “ghost ship”, Mary Celeste. He argues that both these theories contradict the known facts. The lecturer then attempts to give an alternative explanation.

The text states mutiny as one of the plausible explanation for the mystery. The crew members may have killed the strict captain and his family members before throwing them overboard. They then abandoned the ship and left in one of the lifeboats. The lecturer, however, argues that Captain Briggs was a very experienced and respectable person. The crew members also had a good reputation. Another fact is that no personal belongings were taken by the crew before they left in the lifeboats and thus the lecturer feels that this theory is completely invalid.

The theory of piracy, as explained in the text, is also untrue according to the lecturer. The text states that the ship and the crew that found Mary Celeste may have killed the crew and passengers of Mary Celeste. However, the lecturer argues that the captain of the ship that found Mary Celeste was a friend of Captain Briggs. More importantly, in the trial that followed suspecting a foul play, no evidence was found against any of the crew members.

After claiming that the theories explained in the passage seem to be invalid, the lecturer attempts to provide one plausible explanation for mystery. The lecturer says that that text also agrees on the fact that 9 of the 1701 barrels of alcohol that were being transported were found to be empty. Thus, there might have been an incident of leakage in the barrels leading to fumes. Due to inexperience in transporting alcohol, the captain and crew members feared of fire and explosion. Thus they abandoned the ship and left in lifeboats. The either got lost in the sea then or were drowned.
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Siddhart
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PostSubject: Re: Free iBT integrated writing task submission   Sun Nov 15, 2009 9:07 am

The speaker refutes the different theories that were made in the passage to explain the missing crew of the ship Mary Celeste. The first possibility that there might have been a mutiny in the ship leading to the captain being killed and the crew does not hold. He says that the captain was highly respected among the crew and so a mutiny might not have occured. The second possibility,that the ship that discovered Mary Celeste playing a role behind the mysterious disappearance of the crew,also does not hold good because the prosecutors could not find any tangible evidence.
The speaker in turn provides another explanation. Alcohol barrels were being carried in the ship. Some alcohol might have leaked resulting in alcohol vapors being formed which in turn was a fire hazard. The captain, not experienced in transporting alcohol before , might have panicked and hence might have abandoned the ship with the crew. This is proved by the fact that no possessions were taken along. Later they might have perished in the journey.
Thus the speaker argues that neither of the theories as stated in the passage provide convincing explanations and that the one he suggested seems the most plausible.
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Jelena G
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PostSubject: Re: Free iBT integrated writing task submission   Wed Nov 18, 2009 12:35 pm

There are two versions of the ghost ship accident that happened to the Mary Celeste. On the one hand, we have this theory from the passage which cast accusations upon the captain of the ship. It is telling us that the captain have killed his crew because of the goods that were transported on the boat. This theory also mentioned the crew who found the Mary Celeste abandoned as the blamed ones, it is supposed that they have killed the crew from the ghost ship and took the carriage. On the other hand, from the lecture we find out that the truth is totally different. Narrator is emphasis that the captain was very famous and respectful man. He was very experienced and in a good relationship with his crew. It is also important to say that the theory of the piracy was totally rejected, because the captain of the Mary Celeste was a good friend with the leader of the crew who found the ghost ship near Portugal. The best proves which can actually explain what really happened on the ghost ship are the trails of the explosion. Since the boat have carried a large amount of alcohol, and being without any captain's experience in this kind of transportation the accidence had occurred. It is believed that the alcohol somehow started to leak during the trip and caused the fire. The crew helplessly tried to diminished the fire and to bring some air in to the ship but it was in vain, they all had to leave the ship. Needless to say, this theory of the explosion, in one way, really saved the reputation of the Mary Celeste and its captain. The narrator showed us that the courage and noble spirit of the captain remained till the end.
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Martina
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PostSubject: Mary Celeste   Sun Dec 06, 2009 5:19 am

Both the reading passage and the lecture have a common topic concerning “ghost ship” called Mary Celeste, which was found abandoned near the Portuguese coast in 1872. While the reading presents several possible explanations of the mystery related to the ship, the lecture casts doubts on these beliefs and gives another clue to the mysterious case.

One of the explanations given in the reading passage is possible mutiny on board of Mary Celeste in which the crew killed the captain, Benjamin Briggs, threw him and his family overboard and then left in one of lifeboats. The lecturer, however, states that Briggs was respected, experienced and good captain, liked by his crew. So explanation given in the reading passage does not seem probable.

Another explanation of the mystery presented in the reading is possible piracy by the ship which found Mary Celeste abandoned - crew of the other ship should have taken valuables and then killed crew and passengers to hide evidence. The lecturer does not admit this possibility because Mary Celeste was found by the ship of Briggs’s friend and thus it does not seem to be persuasive explanation. Moreover it was proven that the other crew did not do anything suspicious and even did not take alcohol Mary Celeste was transporting.

However, there is another explanation presented by the lecturer – crew and captain were afraid of alcohol fumes and the possible explosion, they thus left the ship in a hurry, without taking their valuables or even pipes with them, in the lifeboats and they died on the sea from starvation and thirst or in a storm. This explanation sounds possible because from 1701 barrels of alcohol transported, nine were found empty – the leaking alcohol might have caused dangerous fumes, therefore also the hatches and portholes were open to get rid of the fumes. Moreover, it was the first Briggs’s journey when he was also transporting alcohol and in that time, fire on board was seen by the captains as the most dangerous phenomenon.

All in all, the lecturer refuses the explanations given in the reading passage and presents another possible clue to the mystery of “ghost ship”. So no mutiny, no piracy but the danger of explosion is in the view of lecturer the cause of Mary Celeste’s destiny.
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PostSubject: the mystery of the mary celeste   Sat Dec 12, 2009 5:30 am

The lecture discusses the mystery of the Mary Celeste. The lecture argues that there is enough evidence to say that there wasn’t a mutiny nor an act of piracy. However, the reading contends that it might have been a mutiny or an act of piracy. The lecture cast doubts on the reading supporting different points.

The reading says that it could have been a mutiny. However the lecture argues that the captain was very experienced and respected. Additionally, the lecture says that the crew left behind all their personal belongings. Therefore, the lecture casts doubts on the reading’s theory of a mutiny by saying that the captain was respected by the crew and that the crew left their personal belongings on the ship.

The reading’s second theory is that the crew that found the ship may have been responsible. Although, the lecture says that the crew that found the Mary Celeste was led by a friend of the captain and that there was nothing suspicious going on when they found the ship. The lecture casts doubts on the reading by saying that as the crew that found the ship was led by a captain’s friend it couldn’t have possibly been them who were responsible.

The lecture supports a theory that is different from the two that are presented in the reading. The lecture’s theory is that the Mary Celeste’s crew suspected that the ship was going to explode and consequently, they left it. The lecture supports this theory by saying that it was the first time that the captain was in charge of a ship transporting alcohol and thus, he hadn’t got any experience.

In conclusion, the reading supports two theories regarding the mystery of the Mary Celeste. The first theory is that there was a mutiny. The second is that the crew that found the ship was responsible. However, the lectures argues that these theories aren’t likely to be true because: first the captain was respected by the crew, second the crew that found the ship was led from a captain’s friend.Finally the lecture supports an other theory regarding the mystery, which is that the crew thought that the ship was going to explode and thus they left it.
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setareh
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PostSubject: Re: Free iBT integrated writing task submission   Thu Jan 21, 2010 9:10 pm

In this set of materials, the reading passage explains some possible reasons about abandoned ship called Mary Celeste while the listening passage relates some contradicted ideas about the opinions which is said in the reading passage.
The reading passage says two possible reasons about the abandoned ship.First,the crews might killed their captain because he was so strict.Second ,the crews and the captain might have been killed by the crew of another ship;also, the crews of the second ship might picked all the valuable items from the first ship.
However, the lecturer relates some contradicted ideas about the materials in the reading passage.First, the captain was an experienced man, and was respectful.Second, the captain of the another ship was one of the friends of the captain of Mary Celeste.The lecturer says that the captain of Mary Celeste might be afraid of explosion because the ship carried alcoholic drinks, and some alcoholic drinks poured in to the ship ,so there was some fire because of them.therefore, the captain and the crew decided to abandoned the ship without picking any personal items.It was proposed that the ship might became the prey of the storm, or the crews might died.
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Ozge
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PostSubject: The Integrated Writing Task-Marry Celeste.   Fri Mar 12, 2010 3:30 am

The passage mentions about "Marry Celeste",ghost ship ,that was found left without unknown reasons in cost off Portugal in 1872.As it indicates in the passage,there are many possible assumptions about the reasons why the Mery Celeste was left and how the crew disseaperead.According to the passage,one possibility is that the rebellion occured among the crew towards the captain,Benjamin Briggs,who was assumed as cruel and rigid.The second reason is that the ship was taken over by pirates.
However,the lecturer casts doubt on the assumptions of the passage which seem to be irrelevant in fact.He argues that the captain was very reverent person with good fame.So it is unlikely to rebel towards him.In addition,in terms of privacy,there was not any belongings taken from the ship in that time,which emphasizes a contradictory to the principles of privacy.
It means that there is no supportive evidence to talk about the second reason.
Besides these two reasons mentioned in the passage,the lecturer proposes additional assumptions which sounds more logical.He says that the crew and the captain get anxious by the likelihood of fire caused by the alcohol.
Beacuse the hint of fire and explosion in the ship was normal cases, also this was the first time for Captain Briggs and his crew to transfer alcohol and the fire was the biggest fear of the sailors in that time.Also,The barrels of alcohol would have been emptied due to leakage which led to strong fumes in the ship.This clearly explains the opened hatches and portholes.Finally,the lecturer claims that fume culd be exploded but not damage the ship and that's why there were no passengers on board.
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Giankyze
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PostSubject: Re: Free iBT integrated writing task submission   Mon Apr 12, 2010 10:24 am

- The author explains that different theories could solve the mystery of what happened in the Mary Celeste, such as a mutiny in the ship and piracy from the crew that found the Mary Celeste. The speaker, however, suggest that this theories are not possible and explains the different reasons of why are impossible.
- One theory is that a mutiny happened in the ship and the crew killed the captain and his family to then abandon the ship in a lifeboat, however, the reader explains that this is not possible because Benjamin Briggs was an experienced and respected captain and his crew had good reputation as well, besides the crew members founded dead hadn’t stole anything of the ship, they didn’t even have their pipes with them.
- The second theory explains that the ship that found the Mary Celeste may have been the responsible ones, taking valuable things from the ship and then killing the passengers and crew to remove the evidence, however, in the lecture the reader tell us that according to the reports the captain of the boat that found the Mary Celeste was a friend of Captain Briggs and no evidence at all was found to prove that they or no one had done anything to the crew members.
- To explain why the ship was found with his hatches and portholes opened the reader tell us that the Captain Briggs had never transported alcohol before and that worried him, the leak of alcohol could be a prove of why nine of the 1701 were found empty, this leak could act as a fuel to create an explosion and damage the ship, because of fire was one of the biggest fears of captains those days this could suggest that the crew members leave the ship in the lifeboats and then be lost in a storm, drowned or dead of starvation and thirst .
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Lina Sul
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PostSubject: Anser for the intergrated writing   Thu Apr 22, 2010 11:39 am

The reading passage explains the theories that clarify why "Mary Celeste" ship was found without its crew and passengers in its trip from
New Yourk to Itlay. The ship which is considered the Ghost ship was located on at the coast of Portogal. The reading passage
shows theories emphasize that the crew and the ship was killed. However, the professor disagrees with this theory.
The first theory that the passage illustrates is a pirates or "mutiny" killed the ship captain Benjamin Briggs, the crew, and the
passengers, since some alcohol barrel were empty.
The second theory points that the ones who found the ship were responsible of what happened.
The founders attacked the ship, killed everyone, collect the valuable things, then took the ship to where it was found.
The professor disagrees with the whole idea about the ship was attacked. He suggests that the ship Captain Benjamin Briggs
was skillful captain. Moreover, the crew's personal stuff were not taken. The instructor
explains another theory which suppose that Captain Briggs did not transport alcohol before, and he was so nervous.
There was leaking in the alcohol barrels, that caused a fire on the ship. As a result all people abandoned the ship quickly. Eventually the
people died in the sea because of starving, drown by storm

To sum up the reading passage says that the people on the ship were killed by pirates or founder. While the professor
suggests that the people on the ship abandon it before its explosion.
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lpf
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PostSubject: Re: Free iBT integrated writing task submission   Tue Apr 27, 2010 12:17 pm

Indeed, the story of the Mary Celeste ship is quite an intriguing one.
Throughout the years many historians and researchers tried to elaborate sound and plausible explanations for what happened to the ship.
It is a fact that the ship was found abandoned off the coast of Portugal in 1872, with his hatches and portholes open and no-one onboard.
In the text, speculation is made towards two possibilities: a mutiny might have occurred on board or the rescue crew did some piracy acts after finding the ship but before returning it to collect the reward.
The speaker in the lecture argues that these possibilities, although possible, do not seem plausible.
Captain Briggs, the speaker points, was highly skilled and experienced and the crew had a reputation of fidelity and correct behaviour – thus the mutiny possibility would lead to incorrect conclusions.
Another point stressed by the speaker is the fact that the captain of the rescue ship was and acquaintance of captain Briggs and would be unlikely that piracy acts would be made in such case. On top of that, during the trials, no wrongdoing could be proved against the rescue crew.
The speaker argues that a much more plausible possibility is the fear of explosion caused by alcohol leakages. It was found that nine barrels were empty and a possible evaporation of alcohol prompted the crew to escape immediatelly before an imminent explosion. Then, after leaving the ship in a rush the crew could not get hold of the ship anymore and possibly got lost in the sea and died of drowining or starvation.
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juhi
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PostSubject: Mary Celeste   Thu May 06, 2010 1:39 am

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The reading and lecture discuss about the probable reasons behind abandonment of ship, Mary celeste , on the coast of Portugal in 1872.
The lecturer casts doubt on the mutiny and piracy explanations made in the reading passage and introduces his own explanation based on some sound findings.
To begin with , the lecturer believes that captain of the ship, Benjamin briggs , was held in high esteem by crew and that crew also enjoyed good reputation with him , ruling out the possibility that crew might have killed the captain and his family and abandoned the ship in lifeboats.

Furthermore, It is found by lecturer that Captain of another ship , Day gratzia, whose crew is attributed to the killing of the crew and captain of the ship in question, was friendly to Benjamin briggs ,and that court failed to present any evidence to mark that crew took away their valuables and killed them as stated in the reading passage.
In lecturer’s opinion ,considering that Benjamin briggs never transported alcohol before and that nine of all the barrels were found to be empty , it could be the case that fumes from leaked alcohol might have enveloped the ship, causing crew and captain to abandon the ship . As a result some of them might have drowned in the storm or starved to death in sea.
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PostSubject: mary celeste writting example   Tue May 18, 2010 11:01 am

The reding and the lecture discuss several theories about The Mary Celeste gost ship incident. While the reding supports the alternative of Piracy or Mutiny as causes of the desaparition of the capitan and crew, the professor presents differet arguments that contradicts those theories.

First of all the professor afirm that the capitan of the Mary Celeste, was experienced and respected and the crew traveling with him had good reputation, this contradicts what is mention in the reading about the posibility of murder from the crew memebers.

Second, the professor mention that the Capitan of the ship that found the Mary Celeste near portugal, was friend of the Mary Celeste´s capitan, and also that the crew abandon the boat without taking anything, not even their belongings, this contradicts the teory exposed in the reading about piracy.

Finally, in the lecture, the professor mentioned a new theory about this ghost ship, this theory afirms that the Capitan an crew could have feared a explocion of the alchohol barrels that make them abandon the ship in a small boat after opening all the posible portals trying to aboid an explotion. Furthermore, it is mentioned that it has been found 9 empty barrels from 1701, that the record shows that it was the first time the crew of the ship traveled carrying alcohol and also that it has been proved that the barrels could have exploded without destroying the ship.

In addition, the professor mention that the boat with the capitan and crew could have been catched by a storm, got lost, or could have dead from hunger.

In summary the lecture contradict directly what the reading expose about the theories of mutiny or piracy to explain the mistery of The Maria Celeste ghost ship.
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PostSubject: Re: Free iBT integrated writing task submission   Tue Jun 08, 2010 9:45 am

The article states that there are three main reasons about the mystery of Mary Celeste ship and supports them accordingly. However, the professor explains that piracy and mutiny is not plausible and that the ship was most likely abandoned. The professor also refuted each of the author's theory.
First, the reading stated that the crew killed thei captain because he was too strict. The professor refutes this point by saying that the captain was a very respectul person. He also stated that the crew respect him very much.
Second, the reading says that the crew that found the Mary Celeste killed them . So they were taken to court because they were claiming an award for the finding of the ship. However, the professor says that the captain of the crew that found the ship was a friend of him. According to the professor, the cout law didn't find any evidence that the portugues crew had done something to Mary Celeste or its crew.
Third, the reading talks about the carrying of 1701 barrels of alcohol and 9 of them were found empty. The professor opposes the fact that only nine were emplty, saying that all 1701 barrels were empty. We also learn that the Captain suspected that the ship would explode because of the alcohol and ordered the abandance of the ship. Furthermore, the fumes were created because of the leaking in the barrals.
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PostSubject: Re: Free iBT integrated writing task submission   Thu Jun 17, 2010 12:02 pm

This article and lecture are about "Ghost Ship" Mary Celeste and alternative theories about it. They both mentioned Captain Benjamin Breg and 9 empty alcohol barrels.

In the lecture, crew had done anything suspecious.

Professor mentioned that Benjamin Breg was experienced, respected and had been never drink before. According to the German Historian, Mary Celeste might be exploded and crew had left ship immediately.

Proffessor said that, sailors didn't take their belonging with them.
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phoebe
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PostSubject: ibt integrated writing   Mon Aug 02, 2010 9:23 am

The lecturer questioned what that passage conveyed us: some foods are of great power either in providing energy or protection against disease ,and he three reasons.

First, the exciting result relating blueberries given by the experiment was based on animals rather than humans,so that could not be convincing until similar data are provided by trials on people.

Secondly,the presenter pointed out that the author failed to figure out the differences between direct evidence and speculation in that cabbage might help prevent cancer remained unproved.

Lastly,garlic, which is said to probably reduce cholesterol ,has only a predicting effect.A drop in three months could not necessarily indicate a 6-month decilne.
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Sascha
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PostSubject: Re: Free iBT integrated writing task submission   Mon Aug 09, 2010 10:26 am

The passage and the lecture deal with the Ghost ship Mary Celeste which was found in 1872 abandoned at the coast line of Portugal. There are a lot of possible explanations of the reasons why the ship was empty.

The passage states than one possible explanation is, that there was a unity onboard. The lecturer causes doubt on this first point given in the passage because all the crews’ personal belongings were found untouched onboard, for example even their pipes. Thus, they woundn’t have left such things in the case of leaving the ship after killing the captain.

Another reason mentioned in the passages is that the ship and crew who found the Mary Celeste are the real reason. They could have captured the ship and killed the crew after they took some valuable things. In contradiction the lecturer states, that piracy isn’t a good explanation to what happened to the crew and the ship because Benjamin Briggs was a good and experienced captain with a well trained crew. Moreove there were no signs of a fight and no destruction within the ship.

Therefore the professor in the lecture mentiones a more possible explanation about what could have happened. He states that the captain and his crew left the ship in a great hurry in case of expecting an alcohol explosion. The Mary Celeste carried a lot of barrels with alcohol. Nine of them were empty when the ship was found. Maybe some of the barrels leaked and the crew was in fear of a fire on board, they left the ship with the help of a lifeboat which was later lost at sea. Thinking of fire was the greatest fear on ships in these former times, this possibly shows a well reasoned explanation.

In conclusion, the lecturer causes doubt on the points made in the reading passage and gives a better explanation about what possibly could have happened to the ship and his crew.
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Luishy R
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PostSubject: The mistery of Mary Celeste   Tue Aug 31, 2010 1:38 pm

Both, the lecture and the article, talk about the different likely causes of why did the “ghost ship”, the Mary Celeste, appear on the cost of Portugal.

Firstly, according to the lecture, the disappearance of the Mary Celeste, may not have been because of piracy or mutiny, as Captain Briggs was a higly experienced man, as well as the rest of his crew. Nevertheless, the writer believes that the crew deserted and killed Captain Briggs and his family, and then disposed of their bodies by throwing them into the ocean.

Secondly, the lecturer is against the idea that the crew of the ship that found the Mary Celeste were the ones who ambushed it, killed the crew, and claimed the reward. As in the lecture, the professor states that the captain who found the missing ship was Brigg’s friend.

Last but not least, the lecture believes that Captain Briggs gave the order to evacuate the ship as he suspected that it might have exploded due to the alcohol fumes. According to the professor, there was a leak in the barrels they were transporting.

As to sum up, the article and the lecture give many possible reasons about what might have happened in the ship. Still, there is no certainty about which theory is the correct one.
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PostSubject: My Writing sample   Mon Sep 06, 2010 12:22 pm

In this set of materials, a mystery of a famous ship has been discussed. The reading passage, explains details of the event, and the listening passage discusses some theories which might justify the happenings.
In the reading passage, signs that cast doubt on odd disappearing of the Mary Celeste ship are mentioned. The strangest case is that no damage to the vessel is observed. On to of that, none of the crew have been found afterwards. Though, rumors have been spread out about what had happened to the crew. Based on one of the ideas, its is guessed that captain of the ship, namely Mr Benjamin Briggs might have been killed by his own crew. In another hypothesis, it is probable that some alcohol barrels have been exploded and have forced the crew to leave the board, but there are no enough evidences to support this claim as the British navy officer who found the ship could not prove this too; even the court of law could not reach a definite verdict on the case.
Regarding the listening passage, several theories which could possibly explain the reasons behind the incident are highlighted. Firstly, piracy is denied because there is no record or report on that. Rebelling of the crew is also rejected as all of then knew their captain an experienced and respected man with a high reputation. On the contrary, explosion of alcohol barrels are known as a more probable cause of urgent evacuation of the ship as empty vessels have been found that showed signs of leaking which could have caused an explosion at that time. Finally, based on the view of a German historian, not only the explosion of barrels, but also storm, drowning of the ship an starvation are other factors which might have lead to hurried evacuation of the ship.
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PostSubject: writing1   Sun Oct 17, 2010 2:22 pm

The passage gives two theories of why Mary Celeste ship was found abandoned off the coast of Portugal in 1872. The speaker, however, argues that the theories given in the passages are not sound and gives another one that he thought more logical.

The first argument is that there was mutiny aboard and the captain of the ship, Benjamin Briggs, and his family were murdered. However, the speaker argued that the captain was a good man and respected by his crew. Also, the crew never take any personal belongings. This two reasons make the first argument not valid.

The second argument by the passage is that the ship that found Mary Celeste rob the ship and killed the crew and passengers. This is also argued by the speaker with two reasons; the ships' captains are friends and there was no proof found that can support such argument that can be given during the court at the time.

The speaker, however, gives another theory of why it probably happened. The ship was probably about to explode from the leaking alcohol fumes from the ship cargo. The crew and the passenger then left the ship with lifeboats, but get lost in the sea, starved, and died.
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PostSubject: Ghost ship   Tue Oct 19, 2010 10:47 am

In this set of material,the reading passage deals with the possible explanations for the mystery of the Mary celeste the so-called "Ghost ship".The listening passage speaks about the two theories which contradict the passage's emphasis on piracy.
The first theory put-forth by the speaker is that the chances of the crew killing the Captain and his family is least likely.This has due reasons to bolster.Initially, Benjamin Briggs,the captain of Mary celeste was a very respectable and experienced person on -board.In addition he seemed to have a good reputation among his crew.This finally draws a fact that the crew was in no way responsible for the havoc.
The suspection that the ship and crew which found the Mary celeste near portugal may have looted the ship and slaughtered all the memebers to wipe out evidence,was also falsified by the second theory.It is stated that the captain of the suspected ship was a very close friend of Benjamin Briggs.This is strong enough to set aside the proposals on the reading passage striking out traces of doubts on crew of either ship.
The reading and listening passage highlights the fact that a cargo of 1701 barrels of alcohol was carried by the Mary celeste of which 9 was found empty.As implied by the speaker there must have been a leakage of alcohol which has caused this disaster.Many researches have suggested that the powerful fumes from the alcohol might have exploded without any signs of damage.To escape this the portholes and hatches might have been set open.On the other hand, Benjamin Briggs was stated to be very scared about the transport of alcohol this being the first experience.Moreover fire was the threating factor of captains in the earlier days.All this clumped together pinpoints that the crew and captain must have set off on life boats to survive the explosion.Due to several factors like starvation,thirst,and drowning the members on the life boat was never seen or heard of again.The above suggestions make us believe that the cause for the effacement should have been the alcohol leakage rather than the piracy as outspoken in the passage.
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