Abandoned Cruise Ship Full of Starving Rats Headed For Land

A ghost ship filled with cannibal rats is floating somewhere off the coast of Scotland, ready to crash ashore and unleash its disease-ridden cargo of starving rodents. And it's all because Canadian authorities let the Soviet-era nightmare liner loose in the North Atlantic, satisfied that it was no longer a threat to… » 1/23/14 2:38pm 1/23/14 2:38pm

This century-old abandoned ship now hosts a floating forest

Sydney's Homebush Bay is home to many a broken and forgotten ship, but at least one of those derelict boats still houses a bit of life. The SS Ayrfield, long decommissioned, has a mangrove forest growing from its corpse. » 5/19/13 12:41am 5/19/13 12:41am

Watch Waves Rip A Stranded Cargo Ship Apart

Three months ago we called the Liberian-flagged cargo ship Rena and its perilously-tilted containers a "disaster frozen in time." Over the weekend the worst maritime disaster in New Zealand's history unfroze when a storm split the ship in two. » 1/12/12 3:30pm 1/12/12 3:30pm

Come Sail Your Ships Around Me

We rarely write about boats on tha Jalop. We even more rarely write about boats that don't travel under some sort of mechanical power. While the dugout canoe may be the true inverse of the unlimited hydroplane, we have to drop some qualified props to the crew of the Stallion — likely known in Japan as the Starion — in… » 8/14/07 6:45pm 8/14/07 6:45pm

Literally Rollin' on the River...Er, Lake

We're suckers for pipe dreams. It may be why we've ended up in so many long-distance relationships. It's Mad-inventor syndrome: "If I can just make this work, I can make anything happen!" Canadian lawyer/inventor Frederick "Flintstone" Knapp had a long-distance crush as well: Queen Victoria. Known for her aversion to… » 6/01/07 8:45pm 6/01/07 8:45pm

Smoke On The Water! The Solano!

Benicia, California, is an odd little town. It's finally found some solid success as a waterfront bedroom community, but for years, it tried and failed to be more than that. There was the yearlong stint as the Golden State's seat of government. There were the military camels. There was the "BENIC-AAAAAAAHHHH!" sign… » 6/01/07 7:00pm 6/01/07 7:00pm

BREAKING UP! 5,000 Japanese Cars on Doomed Freighter

A Singaporian merchant ship carrying nearly 5,000 Japanese cars is taking on water south of the Aleutian islands. A Coast Guard rescue team evacuated the crew of the Cougar Ace, which had been bound for Tacoma, Washington. The ship is still listing and taking on water, but authorities have no plans to save the cars —… » 7/25/06 10:40am 7/25/06 10:40am