Story here. It’s a fishing boat that’s been drifting in the Pacific since the tsunami last year.
Strangely, the Coast Guard decided against putting a small team (including a child, a large breasted woman, and perhaps a puppy) on the Ghost ship and then sailing away while they deal with whatever tsunami-created horrors are still living on board. Instead, they’re just going to blow the shit out of it with gunnery. Which has to be the first time the Coast Guard has done that for several decades.
Apparently there is a lot of Japanese junk that is due to show up on the west coast of North America soon - I watched a story about it on the news, that the Japanese government is asking for precious items to be returned to Japan. Is it small of me to be a little annoyed that they want us to sort through the garbage (which we will pay to have looked after) and pay to send stuff back to Japan?
It might look like a rusting hulk in the pictures, but a year of floating unmaintained will create surface rust. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Canadian fisherman climbed aboard and started it up after a little bit of work. It doesn’t appear to be listing at all, and you can still see the bow bulb.
Learn someting ev’ry day. I always though of rednecks as landlubbers, not in big ocean-going boats, because you know they had this conversation., “Ya know, Bubba, if we say it ‘poses a serious threat to other vessels in the region*’ then we get to shoot the shit outta it!”
I don’t know what condition that ship was in prior to the tsunami, but when I look at the photos of that ship, I’m struck by what one year without maintenance does to a ship. It’s really astounding to me. I wouldn’t be surprised if ‘a little bit of work’ really means ‘more work than you might think’. I wonder what the level of effort is to keep a ship like that in good condition actually is in both labor and material costs.