Bermuda: Google has mapped the wreck of paddle steamer the Mary Celestia, which sank in 1864 and sparked a maritime mystery.

The wreck was catalogued as part of Google Street View using images from the Catlin Seaview Survey and allows computer users to browse the remains of the ship without getting wet.

The ruined vessel rests some 55 feet below the waves off the coast of Bermuda complete with one of its huge wheels.

Google Street View lets users view the wreck as if they are diving at the site and gives a new perspective on a piece of US history. The Mary Celeste was a paddle steamer that sunk on a mission to run ammunition and supplies to the Confederate forces during the American Civil War - smuggling goods in and out of America.

The vessel was 225ft long and was built in Liverpool by William C Miller & Sons, according to Google Maps Mania.

Commissioned by Crenshaw and Company, a running company in the war, the steamer played an essential role in running goods between Bermuda, Nassau and England. The ship carried cotton out of Wilmington, North Carolina to Bermuda, returning with war supplies and food. Is thought to have made eight intrepid trips before it sank in 1864.

The Mary Celeste left port in Bermuda on September 14 1864 full of meat, rides and ammunition, bound for Wilmington.

But the steamer never reached its destination, sparking one of maritime's biggest mysteries.–ML

The British-American merchant ship was discovered abandoned in 1872 with one lifeboat missing but with six months of supplies that were almost untouched and the crew's personal belongings still in place.

While it is now thought that the ship hit a reef and the seamen escaped with their lives, apart from the ship's cook, the sinking sparked a mystery as none of the crew were said to have been seen again. Adding to rumours, the Mary Celeste was said to have been 'cursed' before she sank.

Whatever the case, the wreckage of the famous vessel lies 600 yards off the south coast of Bermuda and is popular with divers.

As part of Google's Street View project, the search giant has also mapped other famous diving sites around the world and the images capture, divers, colourful fish and seals as well as incredible tropical reefs.