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A ghost ship filled with cannibal rats may be headed straight for Britain
Salon ^ | 23 January 2014 | Lindsay Abrams

Posted on 01/23/2014 6:12:26 PM PST by Lorianne

According to “experts,” a 1,565-ton cruise liner carrying disease-ridden rats is out there, somewhere, and could very well be headed for Britain.

The ship, which went missing a year ago, has presumably been drifting across the North Atlantic ever since. The Independent‘s account of what happened next is based in some true facts, and then fluffed up with a lot of conjecture. Here’s what appears to be going on:

Not made-up: ghost ships. That’s just the term used for ships with no living crew aboard, and according to Quartz, they’re not that rare — sailors have spotted at least seven such ships in the past 15 years.

It’s possible that this specific ghost ship, the Lyubov Orlova, sank — which would pose environmental problems of its own. But its lifeboats are designed to send off signals when they make contact with the water. Only two such signals have been received, presumably from lifeboats that fell off the ship’s side. The rest haven’t been heard from; ergo, the ship may very well still be out there.

Also not made-up: Canada did it. The Lyubov Orlova was seized by Canadian authorities after its owners racked up $250,000 in unpaid debts. En route to being sold for scrap in the Dominican Republic in January 2013, a storm snapped her tow line. Transport Canada decided not to pursue the ship, declaring that it “no longer poses a threat to the safety of [Canadian] offshore oil installations, their personnel or the marine environment.”

Also not made-up, probably: cannibal rats. “Experts” believe the ship could still contain hundreds of rats, which naturally would only have been able to survive this long by feeding off one another. “There will be a lot of rats and they eat each other,” Belgian salvage hunter Pim de Rhoodes explained.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: dncpartyboat; ghost; ghostship
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1 posted on 01/23/2014 6:12:26 PM PST by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne

Please don’t tell me the British navy can’t handle this.


2 posted on 01/23/2014 6:14:30 PM PST by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: Lorianne

Exocet


3 posted on 01/23/2014 6:15:39 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Anti-Complacency League! Baby!)
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To: Lorianne

One well placed torpedo.


4 posted on 01/23/2014 6:17:30 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: Lorianne

AGM-84 Harpoon practice. End of problem.


5 posted on 01/23/2014 6:20:45 PM PST by castowell (War is thus an act of force to compel our enemy to do our will - Von Clausewitz)
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To: muir_redwoods

“Please don’t tell me the British navy can’t handle this.”

The British navy probably can’t handle this.


6 posted on 01/23/2014 6:20:47 PM PST by FAA
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To: VRWC For Truth
Or a 12 year old with a rubber mallet and a box of matches.

They can break anything.

/johnny

7 posted on 01/23/2014 6:21:44 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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>> Canada decided not to pursue the ship, declaring that it — no longer poses a threat to [Canada]

Funny.


8 posted on 01/23/2014 6:21:46 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: VRWC For Truth; Anoreth

Anoreth on a 50 cal...


9 posted on 01/23/2014 6:21:56 PM PST by null and void (We need to shake this snowglobe up.)
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To: Lorianne
Most famous ghost ship:

The Amazon, later the Mary Celeste, was said to be cursed.

10 posted on 01/23/2014 6:22:57 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ecce Crucem Domini, fugite partes adversae. Vicit Leo de Tribu Iuda, Radix David, Alleluia!)
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To: Lorianne
Just to be safe, I think the entire island of Great Britain should be evacuated. This "ghost ship" laden with cannibal rats poses a clear and present danger to the U.K.

France will provide temporary living quarters for all until the danger passes.

11 posted on 01/23/2014 6:24:10 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: Lorianne

If they were smart which they are not they should announce a free vacation trip to mecca, all aboard !


12 posted on 01/23/2014 6:24:38 PM PST by ronnie raygun
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To: Lorianne

“A ghost ship filled with cannibal rats”

How did democrats get on that ship?


13 posted on 01/23/2014 6:27:32 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: muir_redwoods; Kenny Bunk; Travis McGee
1. There's no reason to use the word "ergo," ever. 2. All rats are "cannibal rats." 3. It is true that there are all sorts of mysterious things floating around in the sea, and some of them are ships... But only once have I seen a "ship without lights" or "ghost ship," and it was probably not a modern Marie Celeste. But who knows? The vessel in question lay no more than 80 miles East of Norfolk, and was seen at night, on a moonless night. It was not underway, and it may have been at anchor, but it showed no shapes nor lights. In fact we came upon it fast and it was very scary. Probably military, yes... Probably watching us, yes... But spooky as heck when it looks like a big black cliff coming up on you!
14 posted on 01/23/2014 6:28:24 PM PST by golux
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To: Lorianne

As long as it’s not carrying coffins with dirt from Transylvania....


15 posted on 01/23/2014 6:28:27 PM PST by Overtaxed
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To: Lorianne

16 posted on 01/23/2014 6:28:33 PM PST by CapnJack
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To: Lorianne

Oh, Rats!


17 posted on 01/23/2014 6:30:53 PM PST by miserare (2014--The Year We Fight Back!)
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To: golux
'1. There's no reason to use the word "ergo," ever."

You just did; ergo, there is.

18 posted on 01/23/2014 6:34:57 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Lorianne

That reminds me of the movie Ghost Ship =)


19 posted on 01/23/2014 6:38:29 PM PST by Patriot Babe
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To: Lorianne

I’ll wait for the movie.


20 posted on 01/23/2014 6:38:35 PM PST by SIDENET
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To: Lorianne

INteresting...

Think about it, a abandoned vessel, floating somewhere out there... And they can’t find it?

Hmmm, must have some really good stealth technology on board. Or we’ve been spending a lot of money on technology we didn’t need too.

On the other hand it’s been pointed on many times in books and movies that a vessel that is not radiating anything in the electro-magnetic spectrum is pretty hard to find in a combat situation. That might fit in here too. Also with no engines running it would naturally assume the temperature of it’s environment. That would make it difficult for satellites I imagine.

So many things to learn from incidents like these.


21 posted on 01/23/2014 6:41:03 PM PST by The Working Man
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To: Lorianne

Cannibal Rats? That would mean that they would eat each other to death, right?


22 posted on 01/23/2014 6:42:09 PM PST by Slyfox (We want our pre-existing HEALTH INSURANCE back!)
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To: SamAdams76

“This “ghost ship” laden with cannibal rats poses a clear and present danger to the U.K.”

Relax, most of the cannibal rats arrived in GB long ago from the Middle East. They are now feeding off of the Brits, occasionally cutting up a soldier to sustain themselves.


23 posted on 01/23/2014 6:43:12 PM PST by vette6387
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To: Lorianne

Shades of Nosferatu!


24 posted on 01/23/2014 6:49:28 PM PST by Domestic Church (AMDG ...)
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To: Lorianne

can they swim


25 posted on 01/23/2014 6:52:06 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Lorianne
Cue the Renfield laugh


26 posted on 01/23/2014 6:54:17 PM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Lorianne

interesting story. Funny how Wendy David has an ad on the web page about a ghost ship with cannibal rats.

Almost like her life story


27 posted on 01/23/2014 6:55:25 PM PST by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: Lorianne

Obama has called for the easing of sanctions against the Ghost Ship.


28 posted on 01/23/2014 6:57:44 PM PST by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: Joe 6-pack
d'oh!
29 posted on 01/23/2014 7:02:41 PM PST by golux
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To: Lorianne

A ship full of rats is the least of Britain’s problems.

At least a well-placed missile of sorts can sink it. Their other problem, not so easy.


30 posted on 01/23/2014 7:02:53 PM PST by JudyinCanada
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To: golux

;-)


31 posted on 01/23/2014 7:06:39 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Lorianne
Now they will only eat rat. You have changed their nature...
32 posted on 01/23/2014 7:08:04 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: AnAmericanMother

From what I’ve read, 150 years ago there were so many derelict ships floating on the ocean, and being a danger to other ships, that crews were sent out to dynamite them whenever they found them.


33 posted on 01/23/2014 7:14:23 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: FAA; muir_redwoods
“Please don’t tell me the British navy can’t handle this.”

The British navy probably can’t handle this.

He told you not to tell him that.

34 posted on 01/23/2014 7:18:17 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: muir_redwoods

No need for the navy to bother, if they were smart. Just say, if the ship enters British waters, the first private company that can get it under control gets the salvage rights. Problem solved.


35 posted on 01/23/2014 7:22:20 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: Lorianne

Maybe someone could teach the rats to eat Muzzies in the UK.


36 posted on 01/23/2014 7:24:40 PM PST by ExCTCitizen (2014theyearofdeadRINOs)
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To: Lorianne
Salon article on "ghost ship with cannibal rats" = FR News.

Daily Mail article exposing BBC collusion to falsify reports on global warming = FR Chat.

Go figure.

37 posted on 01/23/2014 7:24:58 PM PST by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: Lorianne

please don’t try to convince me that in this day and age a ship could wander around for a year and not be noticed....If you can do so, I’ll fill one up with explosives and aim it toward a country I don’t like.....Please........they can find a lost5 passenger floating in the ocean......miss a 300 ton ship???


38 posted on 01/23/2014 7:30:05 PM PST by terycarl (common sense prevails over all)
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To: Lorianne

please don’t try to convince me that in this day and age a ship could wander around for a year and not be noticed....If you can do so, I’ll fill one up with explosives and aim it toward a country I don’t like.....Please........they can find a lost passenger floating in the ocean......miss a 1,500 ton ship???


39 posted on 01/23/2014 7:31:24 PM PST by terycarl (common sense prevails over all)
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To: Lorianne

It sounds like a problem that will solve itself.

May the best rat survive!


40 posted on 01/23/2014 7:44:30 PM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Correct. The U.S. Navy Hydrologic service was in charge of keeping track of them, and there were THOUSANDS of drifting and derelict hulks floating around the. North Atlantic.


41 posted on 01/23/2014 7:45:47 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ecce Crucem Domini, fugite partes adversae. Vicit Leo de Tribu Iuda, Radix David, Alleluia!)
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To: Interesting Times

Can you provide a link to that article on BBC News and global warming? Thanks


42 posted on 01/23/2014 7:49:21 PM PST by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Whenever a derelict was located, it was declared a `menace to navigation’ & dispatched to Davy Jones. If the Navy participated in rescuing passengers/crew from a burning ship at sea, they made sure it was sent to the bottom as the final act.

If collision with that Russian hulk results in loss of life, the Canadian government will be sued to a fare thee well.


43 posted on 01/23/2014 8:01:45 PM PST by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: Lorianne

Fixer-upper ;’)


44 posted on 01/23/2014 8:02:00 PM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Lorianne
The ship is named for the Soviet actress Lyubov Orlova. In 1936, the movie "Circus," in which she starred, introduced the Soviet patriotic song "Shiroka Strana, Moya Rodnaya" (vast country, my homeland). The original lyrics include the line, "in big golden letters, we write the Stalinist code." The song survived the Soviet Union and remains popular in Russia.

You can see the Lyubov Orlova perform the song at the conclusion of the movie by clicking here.

45 posted on 01/23/2014 8:02:55 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: LibLieSlayer
"How did democrats get on that ship?"

The article could have as easily described Detroit or Chicago.
46 posted on 01/23/2014 8:11:50 PM PST by clearcarbon
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To: sickoflibs

Climate change cooling will probably kill all the rats and the media will have to go to rehab...


47 posted on 01/23/2014 8:26:26 PM PST by YouGoTexasGirl
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To: Lorianne

An allegory of Western Civilization.


48 posted on 01/23/2014 8:27:42 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (Viva Christo Rey)
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To: Lorianne
I sure wish we could send the entire DNC on a 2 week cruise aboard this ship. Obama and Biden can play the roles of Skipper and his first mate. Not real sure which would be which.


49 posted on 01/23/2014 8:36:50 PM PST by FreeAtlanta (Liberty or Big Government - you can't have both.)
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To: FreeAtlanta

Oh you should apologize now to Gilligan and his crew.


50 posted on 01/23/2014 8:58:06 PM PST by bicyclerepair (TERM LIMITS TERM LIMITS TERM LIMITS)
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