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'Ghost Cruise Ship' Suddenly Appears in the Middle of the Ocean

by Nicole Fabian-Weber on February 22, 2013 at 1:29 PM

ghost shipSome things are bound to get lost: Keys; random phone numbers we've scribbled down onto a piece of mail while on the phone; the remote control. But other things -- things like, oh I don't know, cruise ships -- are a bit harder to lose. But it happens apparently. An empty boat that's now been deemed a Russian Ghost Ship has recently turned up off the west coast of Ireland after being lost at sea all by its lonesome for weeks now. How did it get lost? Funny you should ask ...

The ship, The Lyubov Orlova, was being towed from Canada to the Dominican Republic for scrap metal when the tug line broke, casting it off to sea. There have been attempts to secure the boat that have failed in the past, leading people to believe the boat would be lost for good, but ship owner Reza Shoeybi said: "I'm trying my best. I'm talking to a few people in Ireland -- salvage companies -- perhaps to partner up with them and retrieve her." What makes the mission extra tricky is the fact that the ship's GPS is broken, as well.

Hopefully, the boat will eventually be retrieved -- and hopefully no "ghosts" have since decided to take up residence in it -- but I've gotta say: This is slightly disconcerting. Not that I plan on ever taking a leisurely row out into the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, buuuut if one did, and they got lost, they're pretty much done. Good god, would that be an awful way to go.

Mother Nature: Overpowering technology (or lack thereof) since the beginning of time. Respect the Queen.

What do you think of this?


Image via travels of a monkey/Flickr

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  • nicol...


    February 22, 2013 at 2:48 PM


  • PRIMA487


    February 22, 2013 at 8:28 PM
    Guess I was expecting something a bit more exciting like "The Black Pearl" ala Pirates of the Caribbean.
  • Eva
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    February 23, 2013 at 12:30 AM
    That boat has been rusting away in the harbour of St.John's for 3 years. It was an eye sore. It nearly sank a few times, was almost always listed to the starboard side and to be frank, I'm glad it's gone and someone else has to deal with it.
  • headi...


    February 23, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    lol at PRIMA487

  • Nancy...
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    Nancy Van Dam Forsha

    February 24, 2013 at 7:16 PM
    That is not a cruise ship, that is a freighter There is a big difference.
  • Buffy
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    February 25, 2013 at 12:10 PM
    It sounded more like the horror movie ghost ship that was about a luxury cruise liner.
  • Alex...
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    Alex Preston

    February 26, 2013 at 9:26 AM
    I have worked on the Orlova, 5 seasons in total, and the ship in the photo is not her.
  • Matt...
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    Matt Brodeur

    February 26, 2013 at 4:05 PM
    Somewhere there's an iceberg cruising along at full steam and it's going to try to try hard at the last minute but hit the cruise ship sidelong. And all the ice will be lost... Then they'll sing a Celine Dion song.
  • PinkB...


    February 28, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    It's not a ghost ship, just a lost ship. A ghost ship is just that... ethereal.  

  • Jeanae
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    March 4, 2013 at 8:51 PM
    Well, things do happen. For instance, that's a freighter you have pictured there, not a cruise ship! Things do happen!
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