Skip to main content

Unmanned Ghost Ship Lands on Irish Shores

1599px-MV_Alta,_Co._Cork,_February_2020

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.

Related

Screen Shot 2021-03-01 at 4.30.07 PM

An Unmanned Ship to Map the Oceans

Saildrones will be able to sail the oceans unmanned, map what’s beneath the surface and send the data back to land

buoy-network-1021x675

Monstrous Wave Recorded off Irish Coast

The nearly 100-foot tall wave was generated by the tail end of Hurricane Epsilon and recorded by an offshore weather buoy

de618c9aa0dfed83d2ce0d33d7e31259

Modern Cargo Ships with Sails

One of the world’s largest agricultural commodities traders plans to add sails to cargo ships to save fuel and cut greenhouse emissions

HMS_Endeavour_off_the_coast_of_New_Holland_by_Samuel_Atkins_c.1794

Let the Shipworms Eat Captain Cook’s Ship

A science writer opines that Captain Cook was a “hall-of-fame bad dude” and that his sunken ship should stay at the bottom of Newport Harbor

Screen Shot 2021-03-03 at 10.28.08 AM

A father and his 9-year-old son land a 9 1/2-foot tuna on their 23-foot boat

This giant bluefin required the help of another boat’s crew to haul into the anglers’ Grady-White

AIMBahamasStory_860

Hope 4 Hope Town Sends Its First Relief Ship to the Abacos

Just one week after starting a GoFundMe page, a new charity organization sends a ship full of supplies to the Bahamas to aid in relief efforts.

SailingAmerica_p214-215_1800

Shore Thing

Nautical photographer Onne van der Wal finds a reliable muse in domestic waters for his new book, Sailing America.

Screen Shot 2022-02-04 at 11.20.29 AM

Expedition Sets Off to Find Ernest Shackleton’s Ship Endurance

A two-week expedition will attempt to locate and survey one of the world’s most famous wrecks beneath the Antarctic ice