Ghost Ship Full of Cannibal Rats Could Be Headed for the UK

by Owen James Burke

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The Yugoslavian-built cruise ship Lyubov Orlova was abandoned in Newfoundland after its owners became entangled in $250,000 of debt and were unable, or unwilling, to pay their crew. Canadian officials were attempting to transport the vessel to the Dominican Republic in order to sell it for scraps — where it would be worth roughly $1 million — when it broke loose in a storm. As with their line, they decided to cut their losses. She hasn’t been seen or heard from since February and March of 2013, and is likely still floating, as only two of her six emergency lifeboat beacons have been set off.

Rid of the eyesore and its rodents (which were reportedly still on the vessel when it was abandoned in international waters, and are currently presumed to be eating one another alive) Transport Canada released a statement, perhaps somewhat arrogantly, that Lyubov Orlova “no longer poses a threat to the safety of [Canadian] offshore oil installations, their personnel or the marine environment [of Canada]”.

About half of the average 146 missing ships each year end up sinking at sea, but this may not be the case for the Lyubov Orlova, which was built with extra buoyancy to withstand the rough North Atlantic seas. So, beware Great Britain: a ghost ship full of disease ridden, pestilence may be headed your way, compliments of the Canadian Transport Authority.

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