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'Ghost ships' baffle authorities in Japan

By T.K. Randall
November 28, 2015 · Comment icon 16 comments

Were the boats and their crews the victims of a storm ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 David Pickersgill
Almost a dozen vessels have been washed ashore in recent weeks with not a single surviving crew member.
The mysterious ships, which started to show up along the coast of Japan back in October, have been the subject of an ongoing investigation with officials desperate to unravel their secrets.

To date 11 ships have turned up, some showing signs of damage and each with its entire crew found deceased. Some of the vessels also appeared to have been adrift for quite some time.

One possibility is that the boats are from North Korea - a theory backed up by the discovery of Korean writing on both the vessels themselves and on the clothing worn by the crew.

Some have suggested that the vessels may have been fishing boats that had become lost at sea.

Source: NT News | Comments (16)




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Comment icon #7 Posted by Sundew 9 years ago
Amazing the lengths people will go to to escape communism/socialism, even dying to do so. Let's not forget that.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Oniomancer 9 years ago
Isn't this how Godzilla started?
Comment icon #9 Posted by Sir Wearer of Hats 9 years ago
Amazing the lengths people will go to to escape communism/socialism, even dying to do so. Let's not forget that. Feudalism actually, There is very little Socialistic about North Korea.
Comment icon #10 Posted by IceBorne 9 years ago
I think it is also very likely that the boats are coming from North Korea. The waters betweens North- and South Korea are one of the best controlled areas in the world. And when they arrive in China, they are also sent back to North Korea which results in the death sentence. So an escape right to Japan seems to be a a good option, but there is a big distance about 1.000km and there are also very dangerous areas. What concourns me is the fact, that the Japanese government is still investigating the case, though it should be clear what happened.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Black Monk 9 years ago
Amazing the lengths people will go to to escape communism/socialism, even dying to do so. Let's not forget that. I'm reading The Girl With Seven Names. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utsuro-bune
Comment icon #12 Posted by TripGun 9 years ago
I saw this on an episode of Jonny Quest.
Comment icon #13 Posted by MJNYC 9 years ago
Feudalism actually, There is very little Socialistic about North Korea. Communism, feudalism, socialism - all don't work due to greed and other human flaws. There's always one top dog. Power corrupts, but absolute power corrupts absolutely. We should never forget that.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Sundew 9 years ago
Isn't this how Godzilla started? There was a 1955 or so Japanese horror film called The H-Man, and that was how it started. Not your typical Japanese man-in-a-rubber-suit movie.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Sundew 9 years ago
I saw this on an episode of Jonny Quest. If you liked the series, YouTube has an 8 part (or so) documentary on it. From the animation, to the music and so forth, it's worth the watch.
Comment icon #16 Posted by bigjonalien 9 years ago
they are testing bio weapons at sea!


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