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Mon Feb 17, 2020, 08:02 PM

Storm Dennis: 'Ghost ship' washes up on Irish coast

A "ghost" cargo ship has washed up off the coast of County Cork, Ireland, brought in by the bad weather that lashed Europe in Storm Dennis.

The abandoned boat was spotted on the rocks of fishing village Ballycotton by a passerby.

The vessel appears to have drifted thousands of miles over more than a year, from the south-east of Bermuda in 2018, across the Atlantic Ocean.

"This is one in a million," said local lifeboat chief John Tattan.

The head of Ballycotton's Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) told the Irish Examiner newspaper he had "never, ever seen anything abandoned like that before."

The ship has been identified as the Alta, which has had numerous owners and names. Built in 1976, it most recently flew a Tanzanian flag.

Various authorities had become aware of its aimless drift around the world. It was last spotted in September 2019 by a British Royal Navy ship.


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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-51534957

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CatWoman Feb 17 OP
dewsgirl Feb 17 #1
abqtommy Feb 17 #2
Beringia Feb 17 #3
CatWoman Feb 17 #4
greytdemocrat Feb 18 #5

Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Mon Feb 17, 2020, 08:27 PM

1. I love these stories.

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Mon Feb 17, 2020, 10:10 PM

2. What's the cargo? Could it be rum, similar to the whiskey cargo on the ship in the movie

Whiskey Galore?

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Mon Feb 17, 2020, 10:31 PM

3. Seems like some authority would be tasked with taking care


of these type of ships. Aren't they even a hazard out there.

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Response to Beringia (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 17, 2020, 11:25 PM

4. one would think so

I'm surprised it hasn't sunk, or run aground somewhere else

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Response to CatWoman (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2020, 02:29 AM

5. Interesting!

If the hull is compromised that's
the end of its traveling.

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