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'Cannibal rats' infest enigmatic ghost ship


Posted on Tuesday, 28 January, 2014 | Comment icon 64 comments

The Orlova at Petermann Island. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Lilpop, Rau and Loewenstein
UK authorities are on the look out for an infamous ghost ship that is said to be crawling with rats.
The ill-fated cruise ship Lyubov Orlova might have seemed like any other until, on one fateful day in November 2006, it ran aground in the South Shetlands. Four years later the ship ended up deserted in Newfoundland when the crew walked out over a pay dispute, eventually leading to it being sold for scrap in 2012.

The Orlova's spate of misfortune continued when during an effort to tow it to a scrapyard in the Dominican Republic, the line broke, prompting the decision by authorities to give up on it and set it adrift in the Atlantic.

In the months that followed the ship became something of a legend, a ghost ship, drifting on the tides destined never to reach its destination. Recent reports have suggested that winter storms may have pushed it on a course towards the UK, a possibility that has helped to generate a renewed interest in its story.

To add to the Orlova's intrigue, it has also been suggested that rats stowed away on the vessel, having run out of food, are likely to have resorted to cannibalism to satiate their appetites.

Coastal authorities are still on the look-out for the ship but to date its exact whereabouts remain something of a mystery.

Source: BBC News | Comments (64)

Tags: Ghost ship

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Comment icon #55 Posted by The New Richard Nixon on 29 January, 2014, 16:19
It was originall earmarked for scrapping in the Caribbean. I believe the sale price was 600,000 UK Sterling. I dont know anything about a "dangerous cargo" I believe the whole ship not the cargo, dont think cargo was on board
Comment icon #56 Posted by Colonel Rhubarb on 29 January, 2014, 16:44
Where exactly does the Daily Mail get this notion of CANNIBAL RATS from, anyway? That story is full of contradictions anyway; "Adventurers - who want to cash in on the ship's 600,000 value as scrap - do not believe she has sunk because the life-raft transmitters would have gone off. The sign of her since has been two distress beacons picked up mid-Atlantic in March last year which are thought to have gone off when life-rafts fell into the water. A few weeks later, a satellite spotted a blip off the coast of Scotland big enough to be the ship, but no vessel was found. After that, nothing has b... [More]
Comment icon #57 Posted by questionmark on 29 January, 2014, 17:27
Where exactly does the Daily Mail get this notion of CANNIBAL RATS from, anyway? That story is full of contradictions anyway; "Adventurers - who want to cash in on the ship's 600,000 value as scrap - do not believe she has sunk because the life-raft transmitters would have gone off. The sign of her since has been two distress beacons picked up mid-Atlantic in March last year which are thought to have gone off when life-rafts fell into the water. A few weeks later, a satellite spotted a blip off the coast of Scotland big enough to be the ship, but no vessel was found. After that, nothing has b... [More]
Comment icon #58 Posted by Colonel Rhubarb on 29 January, 2014, 17:37
Although I suppose, bearing in mind this other story Bubonic plague strain could return , it would pay to be careful just in case.
Comment icon #59 Posted by dazdillinjah on 31 January, 2014, 13:58
Great ..they cant find it but they know its infested with cannibal rats ?
Comment icon #60 Posted by Peter B on 31 January, 2014, 15:40
You may need to study up on your "B" science fiction movies. You forgot the egotistical male (dies first). Also the nerdy guy (probably dies near the end). And the average Joe-turned-hero. Can't forget the token black guy who will be a hero for most of the movie and die a commendable death near the end. But hopefully the scantily clad women outnumber the rest. Sounds like you've been playing Grave Robbers from Outer Space: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grave_Robbers_From_Outer_Space
Comment icon #61 Posted by dr no on 31 January, 2014, 16:29
You may need to study up on your "B" science fiction movies. You forgot the egotistical male (dies first). Also the nerdy guy (probably dies near the end). And the average Joe-turned-hero. Can't forget the token black guy who will be a hero for most of the movie and die a commendable death near the end. But hopefully the scantily clad women outnumber the rest. Not forgetting the most promiscuous ladies die early and the virginal one will survive until the final "shock ending" when a rat bursts out of her stomach.
Comment icon #62 Posted by Myles on 31 January, 2014, 17:27
Sounds like you've been playing Grave Robbers from Outer Space: http://en.wikipedia....rom_Outer_Space Never heard of it. I have now, after reading your link. Has anyone ever played this? What do you think? I see you can buy online for $6.
Comment icon #63 Posted by promKing on 3 February, 2014, 18:47
Someone should put a cat on that ship.
Comment icon #64 Posted by Leahnetha88 on 28 February, 2014, 16:21
Whose bright idea was it to "give up and set it adrift?" Just more garbage afloat in our oceans! And where's the tiger from " Life of Pi" when you need him? But the cannible rats would probably just eat him thinking someone gave them a buffet ;-D


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