Ghost Ship of Cannibal Rats May Be Headed Towards England

01/24/2014 at 09:00 AM EST

Ghost Ship of Cannibal Rats May Be Headed Towards London
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Brits may want to remember the old "keep calm and carry on" saying before reading the next line of this story.

A ghost ship full of cannibal rats may be headed towards England, according to the New York Daily News.

The cruise liner, Lyubov Orlova, named for a beloved Soviet actress, was abandoned by its owners in a Canadian harbor in the wake of a debt scandal. The once-magestic ship was left to moulder until the Newfoundland authorities decided to sell it for scrap. It was being towed to the Dominican Republic to be scrapped last year when the tow-line to a tug broke in rough seas as a storm swept through. The ship came loose, floating out towards the Atlantic.

Newfoundland decided to cut their losses and let the Lyubov Orlova go. For the last year, she has drifted slowly across the Atlantic ocean, with salvage hunters on her tail, tracking her movements.

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Now signs are indicating that the ghost ship is headed towards the British coast, but England may not want to welcome its passengers with open arms – unless they've had a recent rabies shot.

Pim de Rhoodes, a Belgian salvage hunter who has been tracking the ship, told The Sun: "She is floating around out there somewhere ... There will be a lot of rats and they eat each other. If I get aboard I'll have to lace everywhere with poison."

Yes, the only occupants aboard the cruise ship are rats. Rats who have nothing to eat but each other and nothing to entertain themselves with, except possibly reenacting scenes from Titanic.

"We must stay vigilant," said Irish coastguard chief Chris Reynolds, who does not doubt that the 4,250-ton vessel, spotted 1,300 nautical miles off Ireland last year, is still afloat.

Sorry, England. It's been nice knowing you.



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