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Friday, February 22, 2013

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A Week of Maritime Excitement

A "ghost ship" appeared [through the mists?] off the coast of Ireland yesterday after having gone missing two months earlier. The Russian vessel has no passengers and apparently didn't when it accidentally went adrift, but it feels too soon to completely — or ever — rule out a Nosferatu scenario. Bobby Finger?

Incidentally, Nosferatu is streaming in full on YouTube! The boat scene gets good around the 50-minute mark.

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anachronistique

I kind of love the idea that in a world with Google Maps and GPS and satellites and spy drones and whatever else is watching us, we can still lose a big freakin' boat for two months.

Anninyn

Ghost ships are the best ships, right?

Lady Humungus

Were there any rapidly aged FBI agents found on board?

Megasus

GHOST SHIP, WHY DO YOU COME HERE, GHOST SHIP, WHY DO WE FEEL FEAR, GHOST SHIP, SOMETHING SOMETHING, FROM THE DEPTHS OF HELL-OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Rock and Roll Ken Doll

Aaaah Nosferatu! How can a movie with no sound be that scary? It really is!

Amphora

@Rock and Roll Ken Doll THE RATS!!!

Rock and Roll Ken Doll

@Amphora
And when he's looking across the street through the window? I went to see it at the Symphony Center a few years back. Tortoise was playing accompaniment. It was good that I went with a friend comfortable with his sexuality because, toward the end, I was squeezing his hand!

Amphora

@Rock and Roll Ken Doll That sounds like so much fun though! I've been meaning to go to one of the Portage Theater silent film/live music nights for months!

Now I'm looking up accounts of plague ships from the Black Death.

stuffisthings

Just wait until the ship docks and all the ghosts start moaning about how the toilets didn't work and the buffet only had scrambled eggs.

stuffisthings

@stuffisthings "It was terrible, you could tell the water hardly had any corpses in it -- as soon as you turned on the shower it would run clear for like 10 minutes!"

narwhalsandwich

Did I completely miss how the ship came to be without people?

Also, now I am thinking of that MacGyver episode with Bigfoot.

BoatGirl

@narwhalsandwich It's okay, no people were harmed in the disappearance of this ship.
It was junked - boats wear out just like cars, so the owners leave them docked somewhere until arrangements can be made for them to be taken apart for scrap metal (often in India, although in this case in the Dominican Republic). However, towing a giant boat like this through rough seas is a little more difficult than having your dead car towed, and the tow boat lost it.

I find this process fascinating, partially because from my desk I can look out a window and see where they are cleaning up the Suisun Bay Ghost Fleet (http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/suisun-bay-ghost-fleet) one by one before towing them to Texas for dismantling.

FromTheFuture

I would like to add to the week of Maritime Excitement, this piece of local news from my hometown: Lobster Boat Missing During Blizzard, Found

This is how I learned that some boat drifted all the way from Nantucket to Spain

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