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'Ghost ship' off Canada heralds arrival of tsunami debris
news.discovery ^ | Sat Mar 24, 2012 | Analysis by Ian O'Neill

Posted on 03/27/2012 7:16:37 PM PDT by Rabin

As an eerie reminder of the tragedy that befell the Japanese people more than 12 months ago, a 150-foot Japanese fishing boat has been spotted on the other side of the Pacific Ocean, floating aimlessly off the coast of the Haida Gwaii islands, British Columbia.

In the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan on March 11, 2011, up to 8 million tons of wreckage was washed out to sea -- 2 million of which is thought to still be floating...

(Excerpt) Read more at news.discovery.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Canada; Japan; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: canada; ghostship; ifyouknewsushi; japan; tsunami
Salvage opportunity?

R.

1 posted on 03/27/2012 7:16:46 PM PDT by Rabin
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To: Rabin

Marketing opportunity for a FANTASTIC ad for the ship builders.


2 posted on 03/27/2012 7:25:58 PM PDT by C210N (Mitt "Severe Etch-a-Sketch" Romney is the front-runner? Seriously??)
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To: Rabin
Odd that a 150 foot ship could float around the pacific for that long and not be spotted until now?

those were expensive vessels - gotta be a salvage opp. Hope there are no emaciated dead people on board - ok ghost ship it may be.

3 posted on 03/27/2012 7:37:54 PM PDT by corkoman (Release the Palin!)
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I have sailed from Panama to Guam, and Guam to California. It does not surprise me at all that a 150’ ship could drift that far unnoticed. Imagine a wall in a big room. Put a pin hole in the wall. That is the area of the horizon on the Pacific that you can see from your own vessel.

Unless your current “pinhole” literally rubs up agains another “pinhole” on that wall, the two “pinholes” will never be aware of one another, even if they passed within 1/8” of each other.

It’s almost impossible to comprehend the vastness of the Pacific Ocean. Ships are no more than the micro-dot at the center of the pinhole. The pinhole is the entire horizon to horizon span they can see. The rest is invisible, which is about 99.9999999999999% of a damn large area. Even patrol aircraft can only see a tiny bit of it from the cockpit.

From 30,000 feet, a passing jetliner will completely miss and not notice a drifting 150 footer. It’s not transmitting a distress signal, so there is nothing about it that will catch the eye of a random pilot, if any pilot ever even saw the ship. And nobody was searching for the ship, so patrol aircraft are a moot point.

Until it came into coastal waters, with the much greater number of local vessels, it was unlikely to ever be spotted, and might have circled the Pacific for decades.


4 posted on 03/27/2012 7:53:13 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: corkoman
Odd that a 150 foot ship could float around the pacific for that long and not be spotted until now?

It's a pretty big area; there are not eyes on the the whole area, all the time.

5 posted on 03/27/2012 7:59:22 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Rabin; C210N; corkoman; Travis McGee

6 posted on 03/27/2012 8:00:27 PM PDT by optiguy (Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.----- Ronald Reagan)
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To: Travis McGee
It’s almost impossible to comprehend the vastness of the Pacific Ocean

Right. Sailed across Pacific several times. Rarely see lights of passing ship at night even in shipping lane.

7 posted on 03/27/2012 8:25:29 PM PDT by tommix2 (,)
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To: Rabin

The best ghost ship tale ever. Starring Vincent Price.

http://archive.org/details/ThreeSkeletonKey


8 posted on 03/27/2012 8:31:04 PM PDT by logitech (Who's here so vile, that will not love his country? If any speak, for him I have offended)
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To: tommix2

Then you are the man to answer this.

^hat shop looks like it’s been rotting in a shipyard for a decade. Would a year at sea unmaintained do that kinda damage or would it be likely it was a POS to begin with and the owners just saved the cost of scrapping it?

I haZ a dumb on such things ;)


9 posted on 03/27/2012 8:47:39 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: C210N
...a FANTASTIC ad for the ship builders.

Certainly good testimony for the efficacy of the batteries and the bilge pumps they power.

10 posted on 03/27/2012 8:49:27 PM PDT by Rudder
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To: optiguy

Is that rust or blood over the starboard bow?


11 posted on 03/27/2012 8:53:37 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Rabin

Phew...hope there weren’t any fish in that hold.


12 posted on 03/27/2012 9:03:19 PM PDT by Pharmboy (She turned me into a Newt...)
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To: Rabin

I’d love to see the Discovery Channel board this and make a documentary on this. It would be interesting to see what they find?


13 posted on 03/27/2012 9:21:28 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: Rabin
The "ghost ship" has been traced back to a Hokkaido squid fishing company, which confirmed that no one was thought to have been onboard before the tsunami struck.
14 posted on 03/27/2012 9:23:48 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: Rabin; SunkenCiv

*ghost ship ping*


15 posted on 03/27/2012 10:08:44 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Rabin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PetptDbHSoU
Kyo Sakamoto ~ Sukiaki


16 posted on 03/27/2012 10:15:43 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Norm Lenhart

Yes, that ship looks as if had not been maintained very well before the tsunami. I suspect the owner did not try very hard to find it after the storm.


17 posted on 03/28/2012 12:24:51 AM PDT by tommix2 (,)
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To: Rabin

I wonder if this is anywhere near the area where tennis shoes containing the remains of feet are washing up??


18 posted on 03/28/2012 8:14:09 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: Liberty Valance; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

The problem with salvaging this ship is, 15 minutes after finishing the salvage company will want to salvage another one.


19 posted on 03/28/2012 9:29:18 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him)
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To: SunkenCiv
The problem with salvaging this ship is, 15 minutes after finishing the salvage company will want to salvage another one.
1. I probably laughed longer than it took to write that.
2. Sushi, not Chinese takeout.
20 posted on 03/29/2012 12:07:36 AM PDT by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: rmlew

Regarding droll humor, I benihani roll for weeks.


21 posted on 03/29/2012 3:46:29 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him)
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To: rmlew

Regarding droll humor, I benihana roll for weeks.


22 posted on 03/29/2012 3:46:43 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him)
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To: optiguy

Looks like the “Hillary”


23 posted on 03/29/2012 3:50:07 PM PDT by Osage Orange (The MSM is the most dangerous entity in the United States of America.)
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To: corkoman
those were expensive vessels - gotta be a salvage opp. Hope there are no emaciated dead people on board - ok ghost ship it may be.

The sea, it is said, never gives up its dead, when the Witch of November comes early.

24 posted on 03/29/2012 4:24:13 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear (No More RINOS!)
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