Russian Ghost Cruise Ship Mysteriously Reappears After Two Months Adrift

This is the Russian cruise ship MV Lyubov Orlova. It disappeared shortly after it left Canada en route to the Dominican Republic, in the Caribbean. Two months later it has reappeared as a ghost ship, completely empty, floating adrift 2400km off the west coast of Ireland.

The Orlova -- named after a famous Soviet actress -- had been abandoned for two years before getting lost at sea. The ship disappeared in the myst while being towed to the Caribbean Sea for scrapping. Apparently, the cable that linked her to the towing ship snapped.

Nobody knows how the towing ship's crew didn't notice their missing companion, but everyone assumed the Russian vessel was lost seemingly forever in the North Atlantic ocean, as its global positioning system stopped to work. The Canadian authorities admitted that they had no clue about the ship's whereabouts, claiming it wasn't their responsibility anymore.

The Orlova was spotted by the Atlantic Hawk, a supply craft used to ferry materials to and from oil platforms. The Atlantic Hawk was able to intercept and secure the Orlova before it disappeared again. On board the ghost ship there was nothing but rust and rats.

The information has been published by the US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, an organisation that creates classified maps for the United States military as well as maps for civil use. According to the agency, the ship was about 2400km away from Ireland.

The Orlova is now slowly en course to Europe. [Daily Memorandum via Physorg]



    Alcoholic captains with no sense of direction.

      Well there's your problem.

    This story is far less interesting than its title. I thought "cruise ship disappears and is found with no sign of its crew and passengers, whoooo ghost ship" but it's really "old ship on the way to the scrap yard get lost by its incompetent towing company and is later found"

    Last edited 22/02/13 1:07 pm

      Agreed. Misleading title I think.

        More Gizmondo click bait. It's time we stopped falling for it.

      Imagine if journalists just told the news as it is. I mean, who wants to read the truth?!

      You make it sound like this doesn't happen 999999999999999999999 times a day.

        Maybe it does, but this isn't New Idea or That's Life. I expect better from Gizmodo.


      Lost in the depths of a mysterious puzzle adventure...

      Not just typos though... poor grammar also:

      stopped to work.

        And "en course"? I'm sure he meant "en route".

        Last edited 22/02/13 2:23 pm

        Yes, is bad GPS stopped to work. Cause small problem.

    ...Was this article copied and pasted straight from EnglishRussia, or something? The grammar is

    You also lose points for this not actually being a ghost ship, and just a case of negligent retrieval. Bad Gizmodo, BAD!

      "as its global positioning system stopped to work"

      Does that mean it got off at port to find a part-time job but didn't make it for departure time, or something?

    Haha, ABANDONED ship found ABANDONED! Mystery of the century! The only mystery is how they hadn't noticed that it wasn't being towed any more. They were probably too busy playing Myst to notice. Wasn't it released on iOS or Android around that time?

    Last edited 22/02/13 1:21 pm

      Sometimes I wonder if they post these stories just to make us LOL :P

    In mother russia, ship abandons you!

    Hmm que dodgy Hollywood B-grade horror movie explaining how the ship became abandoned. Throw in some government bio chemical testing, and a few mutants or monsters in it for kicks. Using the official story above as the cover to it all.
    ...just saying :P

    The stage for the next Survivor, Big Brother, and Biggest Loser TV series!

    I've been misled! It's like one of those riddles where you ASSUME something but find out later that it just wasn't true. There was no crew or captain because there was no crew or captain. The only remaining question is what brand of vodka the retrieval crew were drinking when their cargo escaped.

    It's so beautiful... Wonder why it's scrapped... If it drifts to China, it'll be melted down and sold back to you in your next car.

    Imagine if you found it in the ocean, you could claim it for your own. I would have loved to have seen Somali pirates going around the ocean in a Russian cruise ship.

    How cool would it be to have this ship to play on.

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