Ghost ship with cargo of cannibal rats disappears in the Atlantic

2014-01-24 14:15

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Somewhere in the Atlantic - Is it really possible for a 1 400 ton ocean liner to disappear? Well, if you subtract passengers, the whole cabin crew and add cannibal rats, this is entirely possible. 

The Lyubov Orlova, named after a prominent Russian actress, was once used as a polar tourist vessel.

Here’s the run down of how it actually got lost:
•    2010 sees the impounding of the Lyubov Orlova in Newfoundland, Canada (in a row over debts which resulted in the cabin crew ditching the polar vessel).
•    Two years later, a decision is made to tow the ship to the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean to be sold as scrap.
•    Day of towing arrives (February 2013) and heavy seas and storms result in Lyubov Orlova's disappearance into the sea.

The ship has now been missing for almost a year, and there is no sign that it will be found anytime soon. Some experts have speculated that it could be headed for the UK's Devon Coast.

But even with today’s superb technological advances (looks at you Google Earth), the quest to find the Lyubov Orlova has so far come to naught.

Richard Fisher of New Scientist explained that finding the ship has been difficult because the search area is ever-growing, and that it might actually already be underwater. Some have suggested that since no alerts have been received of all lifeboats to have sunken under, the ship may still be floating about.

Did you know?

According to Maritime Law, if a ship has been abandoned and lost at sea, anyone that finds it qualifies for a reward that is in line with the value of the ship. The Lyubov Orlova is worth an estimated $1.1 million. So, if you’re brave, and think you’re able to face an army of cannibal rats, plan your next trip in the Atlantic ocean.

How far would you go to look for “ghost” ships? Tell us about how gutsy you are on info@news24travel.com or tell us in the comment section below, chat to us on Facebook or tweet/follow us on @News24Travel

Read more on:    travel  |  international

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
7 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside Travel

 
/News

#FindYourEscape with Traveller24

Your insider guide to exploring South Africa and the world...
 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.