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January 27, 2014

Russian Ghost Ship Devoid of Any Life Except for Thousands of Cannibalistic Rats Threatens to Land Upon England

F*** you, oceans.

This is the Telegraph.

This is a great story and I wanted to post it, just because it's fun. But note how almost everything in this is a pure speculation.

A Russian ship had been abandoned by its crew (over nonpayment for their services) in Canada. Later, storms set the ship adrift out into the Atlantic.

Everything beyond that is just sort of a big make-'em-up.

The 300ft Lyubov Orlova has been floating around the North Atlantic since being set adrift off the Canadian coast a year ago and coastguards believe a series of storms blowing in from the west have driven her thousands of miles towards UK shores, according to The Sun.

Since being abandoned by her crew, it is feared the 40-year-old Soviet vessel may have become home to hordes of rats, which would have had to eat each other to survive.

Or they could have starved. Or there could have been not too many rats in the first place.

Since we don't know, it's perfectly fair to jump to the wildest, scariest conclusions.

So, we don't know about these teeming hordes of cannibal rats, but we do know the ship is afloat and bound for the UK, right?

Well... no.

...

The 4,250-tonne ship’s position remains unknown despite several attempts to find her.
In March last year satellites identified a mystery object large enough to be the ship off the north west coast of Scotland but search planes found nothing.

Salvage hunters are keen to trace the liner in order to cash in upon her £600,000 scrap value.

Pim de Rhoodes, a Belgian-based marine missions specialist who is looking for the Lyubov Orlova, told The Sun: “She is floating around out there somewhere.
“There will be a lot of rats and they eat each other. If I get aboard I’ll have to lace everywhere with poison.”

Experts believe the boat is still afloat because her four life-raft transmitters have not been set off as they would if she sunk.

Two distress beacons were activated last March but they are thought to have come from life rafts which broke away from the ship and fell into the ocean.

If I'm reading that right, they think the ship is afloat because its four life-raft transmitters did not go off, which would have happened if the ship sunk.

Only two of the beacons were activated.

So, you know: Watch out England.

Or, as the last quote of the story says:

"We must be vigilant."


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