Ghost ship with cargo of cannibal rats disappears in the Atlantic

2014-01-24 14:15

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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.

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