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Ghost ship: Abandoned Russian cruise liner adrift for weeks in North Atlantic
FOX NEWS ^ | 03/13/13 | Joshua Rhett Miller

Posted on 03/13/2013 2:06:14 PM PDT by Doogle

A Russian cruise ship with only rats aboard is floating aimlessly in the North Atlantic, hundreds of miles off the coast of Newfoundland after breaking loose from a tugboat.

The MV Lyubov Orlova — named after an iconic Russian film actress — was being towed to a scrapyard in the Dominican Republic when a cable snapped, leaving the 295-foot vessel adrift. A brief effort to re-secure the boat was abandoned days later due to rough seas. As of Tuesday, the ship was roughly 760 miles off the coast of Newfoundland and 1,125 miles from Ireland, a U.S. intelligence agency told FoxNews.com.

“We continue to receive information about the ship’s location, and will issue message when needed to facilitate safe navigation,” Christine Phillips, a spokeswoman for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Conspiracy; History; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: russian
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1 posted on 03/13/2013 2:06:15 PM PDT by Doogle
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To: Chode

pingski


2 posted on 03/13/2013 2:06:41 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle

So,,,, If somebody goes and gets it, and drags it to salvage, is it theirs?


3 posted on 03/13/2013 2:09:08 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Doogle

naval bombing practice?


4 posted on 03/13/2013 2:09:09 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

guess so


5 posted on 03/13/2013 2:10:22 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle

I dunno. There’s something not right about this story. Color me skeptical.


6 posted on 03/13/2013 2:10:30 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Doogle

Everyone knows who has ever seen the Twilight Zone or Outer Limits or such show there is no such thing as an abandoned ship drifting at sea.
They better be careful or they too will disappear.....just saying.


7 posted on 03/13/2013 2:11:09 PM PDT by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: Doogle

A ship adrift aimlessly on the high seas? They should rename it the “SS Obama”.


8 posted on 03/13/2013 2:14:13 PM PDT by MeganC (The left have so twisted public perceptions that the truth now appears pornographic.- SpaceBar)
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To: Doogle

9 posted on 03/13/2013 2:21:08 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: MeganC

” They should rename it the “SS Obama” “

It’s a commie ship to boot.


10 posted on 03/13/2013 2:23:55 PM PDT by RS_Rider (I hate Illinois Nazis)
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To: Doogle
A Russian cruise ship with only rats aboard is floating aimlessly in the North Atlantic

Is this another democrat junket?

11 posted on 03/13/2013 2:24:22 PM PDT by A_Tradition_Continues (formerly known as Politicalwit ...05/28/98 Class of '98)
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To: Doogle
No One Wants To Claim An Abandoned Russian Cruise Ship Drifting Toward Europe

Dina Spector
February 23, 2013, 3:47 PM

The Lyubovy Orlova, seen from the Antarctic Peninsula, during happier times

A Russian cruise ship has been adrift in the North Atlantic since January, after breaking free from a towing line as it was being delivered from Canada to a scrapyard in the Dominican Republic.

The Lyubov Orlova, built in 1976, once operated as a cruise ship, exploring the icy waters of Antarctica. In 2010, she was seized at St. John's harbor in Newfoundland following a suit by a haulage contractor against the Russian owners over $250,000 in unpaid fees. The ship remained tied up for more than two years before it was sold to Caribbean buyers in February 2012.

On Jan. 23 of this year, the derelict ship left Canada for the Dominican Republic to be scrapped, but its towing cable snapped a day later. The ship escaped again after it was secured by a supply vessel on Jan. 31. It then drifted into international waters.

Transport Canada claims they are no longer responsible for the ship and that there's little chance of it drifting back under Canadian jurisdiction.

Meanwhile, according to a document from a US intelligence agency, obtained by the AFP, the abandoned ship was recently seen about 1,300 nautical miles off the coast of Ireland, and is drifting toward Europe.

"Earlier this week, Canadian officials acknowledged they did not know the location of the ship, as the vessel's global positioning system was no longer working," the AFP writes.

Irish authorities are looking over satellite data to try and locate the loose vessel since there's some concern that the ghost ship, apparently infested with rats, could hit Ireland's shore. If that did happen, the government would likely "take the ship, bring it into a port and maybe look for compensation from the owner for any costs associated with that,” maritime lawyer William Cahill told The National Post's Tristin Hopper

12 posted on 03/13/2013 2:26:44 PM PDT by blam
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To: Doogle

I won,der if you could salvage it under Admirality laws. Anyone out there know. Also it is going to be rougher that H*ll out there right now. It would be fun boarding her from a small boat. Lets say she displaces 30,000 tons and scrap is .20/pound, you could retire for life anywhere you wanted. If a sea going tug was $10K/day you could reach it in three days at 8 to 10 kns. I wonder who is going after her?


13 posted on 03/13/2013 2:26:50 PM PDT by Citizen Tom Paine (An old sailor sends)
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To: Doogle

A 295 ‘ cruise liner...

That smaller than a football field. ...


14 posted on 03/13/2013 2:35:27 PM PDT by Popman
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To: svcw

30 years was case of MV CLOUD

It was hauling artillery ammunition for the Nigerian army from Varna Bulgaria to Nigeria when electrical fire broke out in engine room

Crew thinking ship was about to expode abandoned vessel

Were picked up by Panamian freighter

CLOUD did not sink, fire burned out with only minor damage
Ship continued to drift across the Atlantic until sighted off coast of South America by Venezuelan ship

Captain after not recieving replies to hail sent over boarding party. Discovered ammunition and thought had stumbled into gun runners. Radioed Venezuelan govt for help

Venezuela sent squad of Marines - who parachuted into ocean
to be picked up by boat and sent over to Cloud until ship reached port

It does happen

Then there is case of MARY CLESTE in 1880........


15 posted on 03/13/2013 2:37:07 PM PDT by njslim (St)
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To: Popman

16 posted on 03/13/2013 2:39:19 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: blam
Sink the freekin thing..problem solved.
17 posted on 03/13/2013 2:44:04 PM PDT by rightwingextremist1776
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To: Doogle
didn't know the DR had a breakers facility... commence fire!
18 posted on 03/13/2013 2:44:26 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Doogle
Put Huck on the case.


19 posted on 03/13/2013 2:49:31 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
If somebody goes and gets it, and drags it to salvage, is it theirs?

Yes, along with all the costs for doing so. How much would it cost to tow a ship across half of the Atlantic ocean, at latitudes of Newfoundland and Ireland, in March? Where would you deliver it to? Will you be allowed to bring this ship into a port if the ship had no inspections or service in two years and is a biohazard? How much will it cost you to do the cleanup? How much do you expect to earn on selling its metal? The nearest steel mills are in China, on the other side of the planet.

The owner of the ship (someone in Dominican Republic) is in no hurry to mount a rescue. He probably will be better off collecting insurance. The ship was probably sold for peanuts, as it had no value or purpose to its original owner.

20 posted on 03/13/2013 2:52:11 PM PDT by Greysard
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To: Greysard

Yeah,,,, well, that was the other side of the coin. It’s value. I have no clue as to what that might be. But the current owner was willing to do it.


21 posted on 03/13/2013 3:08:16 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Doogle

There are rats on the ship? I’d heard the quality of entertainment on some ships had slipped a little. Well, maybe they have a really good buffet.


22 posted on 03/13/2013 3:25:47 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blam

I took my wife and teen aged kids to Antarctica on this 100 passenger rust bucket about 8 years ago. In fairness, it was a great cruse at 1/3 the cost of the National Geographic Explorer.


23 posted on 03/13/2013 3:26:51 PM PDT by calico_thompson
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To: Doogle

A disgusting, stench-ridden vessel utterly adrift and filled with rats. But enough about Washington D.C...


24 posted on 03/13/2013 3:33:42 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: calico_thompson
"I took my wife and teen aged kids to Antarctica on this 100 passenger rust bucket about 8 years ago. In fairness, it was a great cruse at 1/3 the cost of the National Geographic Explorer."

Excellent.

A first hand accounting.

25 posted on 03/13/2013 3:40:10 PM PDT by blam
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

US Navy Harpoon target practice time!


26 posted on 03/13/2013 4:03:41 PM PDT by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: Doogle
Ghost Ship was a nice, trashy flick from a decade back:

Not the kind of movie Lybov Orlova appeared in, though:


27 posted on 03/13/2013 4:19:02 PM PDT by x
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To: blueunicorn6

“Is it clear above?”

“Ay, Captain. Sonar has no contacts.”

“Up periscope...............My God!”

“What is it Captain? What do you see?”

“It’s a shipload of rats wearing sunglasses and sitting in deck chairs. Bring out the ship identification book. Nothing. It must be a charter cruise. Take her down to one hundred feet. This is almost as bad as when we saw that Rosie cruise ship.”


28 posted on 03/13/2013 4:28:22 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: colorado tanker

Great graphic.


29 posted on 03/13/2013 6:02:56 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

Operation Trojan horse.


30 posted on 03/13/2013 6:43:17 PM PDT by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: Olog-hai; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Doogle.
A Russian cruise ship with only rats aboard... The MV Lyubov Orlova -- named after an iconic Russian film actress -- was being towed to a scrapyard in the Dominican Republic when a cable snapped, leaving the 295-foot vessel adrift... roughly 760 miles off the coast of Newfoundland and 1,125 miles from Ireland...
Still preferred by travellers over Aeroflot.


31 posted on 03/13/2013 7:19:57 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Reads as though it is about to become a Muslim operated ship under a North Korean flag.


32 posted on 03/13/2013 7:35:27 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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