Abandoned Russian cruise ship drifts toward Europe

Dina Spector reports on the Lyubivy Orlova, a Russian cruise ship adrift in the North Atlantic. It snapped free of towing cables while en-route from Canada to new owners in the Caribbean, and for various reasons no-one is taking responsibility. It, and its suspected payload of rats, is now just 1300 miles off the Irish coast. [BI]


      1. Instead, they find themselves beached on a rocky Irish shore, to be taken in by a clan of super rats, who survive on stolen casks of Guinness.


    What do you mean rodents chewed through the tow cable!

    “Somewhere out there, beneath the pale moonlight Someone’s thinking of me and loving me tonight …”

  2. Amazing that a functional cruise ship would be lost over a $250,000 debt.  Then it sat for so long that it became scrap – that’s sad.  Apparently the engines were seized (stuck, not taken) which would be the death knell for an older ship.  I can’t imagine the cost to replace the engines.

    I wish someone had been able to rescue it.  That’s a big waste of resources.  And of course the mutant in me wishes I had been the one to rescue it – who doesn’t want their own cruise ship?

    1. It’s really no mystery why nobody wants to take responsibility for a rat infested heap of scrap metal floating free in the ocean.  Looking at the picture the thing is tiny by cruise ship standards and would undoubtedly require extensive overhauls to make usable again. 

    1.  I had the same thought. I’ve read that, more than any of his early films, this radio play was responsible for Price being typecast as a horror actor. It was performed four different times, and audiences requested it as “the one with the rats.”

      BTW, here’s the original George Toudouze short-short story, in the English translation that first appeared in Esquire.

      I don’t think it’s ever been attempted on film/video/animation.

      1.  I must have heard one of the other performances since the one on archive is missing one tiny part I remember.

        In the version I remember, the guy with the wrench kept tapping and tapping for much longer before he was stopped. Much more suspenseful to my younger mind.

  3. Shouldn’t ownership devolve on the person or company that bought it, hired the towing company and arranged for docking when it arrived?

    Plus the towing company would seem to bear direct responsibility since it was their equipment that failed while they had control of it.

    The modern world spends so much time avoiding personal responsibility I am amazed anything ever gets done.

    Left to drift long enough the rat problem will go away.  Or there will be one *very* dangerous rat left.  :)

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