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  • Kaonohi
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    Re: Ghost Ship

    Originally posted by Menehune Man View Post

    Scary stuff to me.
    Down in the lower right-hand corner there's something in the water. The Coast Guard buoy? Another piece of junk??
    I tried to zoom in on it and and it looked eerily like the head and left shoulder of someone in the water.
    Scary stuff to me, too.

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  • Menehune Man
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    Re: Tsunami Watch - Hawaii for March 11, 2011

    Originally posted by LikaNui View Post
    It's sunk now.
    Good call Likanui!
    Would of made for great video...

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  • LikaNui
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    It's sunk now.
    And it turns out that it had been prepared and scheduled to be scuttled even before the tsunami, so there's another reason nobody wanted to salvage it.

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  • LikaNui
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    Re: Tsunami Watch - Hawaii for March 11, 2011

    Originally posted by LikaNui View Post
    Typically if something like that hulk is drifting waaaay out at sea and is perhaps in danger of drifting into the normal shipping lanes, the military will use it for target practice and sink it.
    Six days after I wrote that and it is now coming true. The Coast Guard is on its way to sink the ship according to this CNN article.

    The U.S. Coast Guard has deployed a ship to sink a fishing trawler that was swept away more than a year ago by the tsunami off the coast of Japan and is now adrift near Alaska.
    The crew of the Coast Guard's 110-foot CG Cutter Anacapa plans to assess the deserted trawler's condition Thursday morning, said Chief Petty Officer Kip Wadlow.
    If its assessments are satisfactory, the crew will attempt to sink the vessel, named the Ryou-Un Maru, with the 25-millimeter cannon on board the cutter, Wadlow said.
    (...)
    The drifting trawler is considered a hazard to navigation for vessels in the area, according to authorities. Mariners have received information about the unmanned and unlit boat's presence.
    Early Thursday morning, the trawler was about 170 nautical miles southwest of Sitka, Alaska, the Coast Guard said. A Coast Guard plane has dropped a self-locating data marker buoy in order to track the boat.
    The trawler was first spotted floating near British Columbia by a Canadian military air patrol, and it has since been determined that it has been adrift without anybody at the helm since the tsunami, Canadian officials said last month.

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  • anapuni808
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    Re: Tsunami Watch - Hawaii for March 11, 2011

    Thanks for responding guys! now it makes a little more sense to me.

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  • Leo Lakio
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    Re: Tsunami Watch - Hawaii for March 11, 2011

    Originally posted by LikaNui View Post
    The costs of towing most likely exceed any salvage value, from the looks of it.
    I'd bet you are right. In addition, the owner of the boat has already said they don't want it back.

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  • lensperson
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    The fact that this vessel arrived here intact is a hint
    that early maritime voyages from asia may have
    reached reached the north american coast in the distant
    yet tantalising past.
    It just drifted here with nobody at the helm,
    looking at clocks.

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  • Menehune Man
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    This boat is just 'The poster child' of all the stuff that's large enough and hard enough to hole a boat within the tsunami trash. That's the real worry.

    Bet someone will grab it for salvage as it swings by them.

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  • LikaNui
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    Re: Tsunami Watch - Hawaii for March 11, 2011

    The costs of towing most likely exceed any salvage value, from the looks of it.

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  • anapuni808
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    I don't understand maritime laws but why hasn't someone gone onboard this ship and tried to salvage it? if its been floating for this long and this far, it would seem to be at least somewhat seaworthy. or at least claim it in the open waters and tow it to shore for salvage?

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  • LikaNui
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    Re: Tsunami Watch - Hawaii for March 11, 2011

    Typically if something like that hulk is drifting waaaay out at sea and is perhaps in danger of drifting into the normal shipping lanes, the military will use it for target practice and sink it.

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  • TATTRAT
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    Was reading about that today from the Yahoo ticker, pretty crazy stuff.

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  • Menehune Man
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    A modern ghost ship!!!
    "An empty Japanese fishing boat drifting off the coast of western Canada could be the first wave of 1.5 million tons of debris heading toward North America from Japan's tsunami last March.

    The wreckage from flattened Japanese coastal towns - including refrigerators, washing machines, televisions, roofs and fishing nets - is heading inexorably east across the Pacific and could arrive sooner than expected, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration."

    As all the trash swirls around the Pacific and onward... think how dangerous it's gotten to be a small vessel out there! We've always (in modern times) had things we could run into but OMG now. Some will come ashore all along the West Coast and some will head back this way reaching Hawaii and some will continue till it sinks. Scary stuff to me.

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  • GeckoGeek
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    Re: Tsunami Watch - Hawaii for March 11, 2011

    Originally posted by AlphaSigOU View Post
    found out the hard way their disaster response plan was inadequate
    It happens to the best of them.

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  • AlphaSigOU
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    Out here on Kwajalein Atoll where I live and work the tsunami practically went around us. The way the atoll is constructed (over millions of years in the making!) the oceanside atoll drops off to depths of over 15,000 feet just a couple of hundred yards offshore. About a four-foot surge was recorded on instruments in the lagoon, just barely a ripple, since it passed through at low tide. A couple of areas did see some water recede but no damage at all was reported. Conditions would have to be just right for a wave to flood the island: high tide and a strong west wind. Even then we'd probably have no more than a foot or two of water.

    It totally freaked out our U.S. Army overseers who erred on the side of caution and found out the hard way their disaster response plan was inadequate for a tsunami or storm surge. (Roi-Namur, about 50 miles north got hit by a freak storm surge back in December 2008 that damaged some stuctures, flooded parts of the island and contaminated the water catchment system and lens wells.) The 'Island Hopper' flight dropped off all passengers going to Majuro at Kwaj and the flight continued on straight to Honolulu.

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