The East Coast of Canada was subject to three-meter waves when the Lyubov Orlova broke its final tow line. In the 12 months since, the ship has spun aimlessly through iceberg-infested waters and been pounded by all manner of swells, storms and gales.
And it’s not like the Lyubov Orlova was in tip-top condition to begin with. Before going to sea, the ship had spent three years deteriorating in St. John’s harbour and tellingly, the only buyer she could fetch was a scrap dealer.
In the October words of Irish Coast Director Chris Reynolds, she was less a cruise ship than “4,000 tonnes of metal,” he told the BBC.
It has probably been at the bottom of the Atlantic for a while. In the slight chance you want to read more about it, here is the back story. Basically we towed it for a while and then cut it lose in the Atlantic. Not our best job as a country. Ireland wasn’t impressed.