Unmanned Ghost Ship Lands on Irish Shores

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For centuries, mariners have believed in ghost ships. Lore has it that the crew of The Flying Dutchman committed a dreadful crime and was sentenced to sail the ocean until the end of time, never making landfall.

Now, a “ghost ship,” the 250-foot cargo ship MV Alta, has landed on the southern coast of Ireland without crew. Unlike The Flying Dutchman though, the fate of its crew is known, sort of.

The USCG rescued the MV Alta's crew in 2018

The USCG rescued the MV Alta's crew in 2018

In 2018, the MV Alta was disabled 1,380 miles southeast of Bermuda when the United States Coast Guard rescued its 10-man crew. The ship was towed to Guyana where it was reportedly hijacked. The Royal Navy also crossed paths with the abandoned vessel, but then it disappeared again.

It is not clear where the MV Alta traveled before it got to Ireland. It may have drifted up from Africa and past Spain, but nobody really knows for certain.

Meanwhile, Irish authorities are trying to figure out what to do with the ship, which is currently sitting on Ireland’s rocky coast and may present an environmental threat.

You can read more about it in this The Guardian article.

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