What strikes me is that the ship during that year should have been drifting with the mostly westerly currents and winds to some European country and run aground there on some beach or rocks. So there is a mystery going on. Little green men at work?
That was the position where she was abandoned in October 2018. The article also mentioned:
“The Royal Navy ice patrol ship stumbled upon a mysterious ghost ship while in underway in the mid-Atlantic Ocean earlier this week.” So I figured that she was in the Gulf Stream area when recently found.
In the 19th century abandoned ships in the North Atlantic were so numerous as to be a navigational hazard. Particularly ships carrying cargoes of timber from North America to Europe. The often overloaded timber ships would founder in storms. Their crews would panic and take to the ship’s boats. Often the crews would never be seen again,while the ship continued floating half submerged, year after year, traveling clockwise around the Atlantic. It would be spotted in one place and reported to Lloyds of London. A year later it would be spotted a thousand miles away. In the days before radar other ships would collide with them at night or in fog.
Inadvertently all these derelicts were a great boon to oceanography. One of the fathers of oceanography, the American naval captain Mathew Maury, undertook tracking these wrecks and thus plotted out the Gulf Steam and other Atlantic currents with great accuracy.
Until comparatively recent times, the navies of the world would routinely sink these derelict ships by shelling whenever they were identified, to remove the hazard to navigation. Nowadays of course the threat of an oil spill makes shelling a derelict ship a dicey operation.
If you search for the Alta on Marinetraffic you will find quite surprisingly a photo of the Avantis II which looks like a sister ship of the Alta. But then this ship is a wreck and popular divers destination in Greek waters!
It earlier was the Norwegian Tananger. The ship also seemed to have been hijacked twice! Quite a story.
The Royal Navy ice patrol ship stumbled upon a mysterious ghost ship while in underway in the mid-Atlantic Ocean earlier this week.
The Royal Navy’s HMS Protector came across the abandoned vessel on August 30, 2019 as it sailed towards the Bahamas to assist with hurricane relief efforts.
The crew on board the vessel attempted to make contact with the ship but received no response in return.
Although the ship’s identity has not been confirmed, it is speculated to be the M/V Alta ex Tananger, which was abandoned back in October 2018 approximately 1,380 miles southeast of Bermuda.
The M/V Alta made headlines after the U.S. Coast Guard rescued its 10 crew members who were stranded aboard the disabled ship for almost 20 days and running low on food and water. The Coast Guard says it was initially notified on September 30, 2018 that the 250-foot Tanzanian-flagged cargo ship was rendered disabled while transiting from Greece to Haiti, and the crew was unable to make repairs.