Orlova adrift off Cape Race

Dave Bartlett
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Former Russian cruise ship loses tow cable

The Lyubov Orlova left St. John's harbour yesterday. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

A Russian cruise ship, stranded in St. John’s for more than two years, was drifting towards the open sea Thursday evening after its tow line broke.

The Lyubov Orlova was towed from St. John’s harbour Wednesday afternoon by the tugboat Charlene Hunt, but according to the Canadian Coast Guard the tow line broke sometime Thursday afternoon.

At 6 p.m. Thursday the Orlova was about 13 kilometres off Cape Race with 30-35 knot winds blowing from the west and five- to six-metre seas. Nobody is aboard the former cruise ship.

The tug remains on the scene and is assessing how to reattach the cable. The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Cape Roger is en route to monitor the situation.

Organizations: Canadian Coast Guard

Geographic location: Cape Race

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  • david
    January 25, 2013 - 11:20

    You really ghet an insight into the minds of Newfoundanders with this story...a lot of people laugh it off, and don't see a real problem --- as long as she's away from the dock, just sink her and forget about her. And this is the "educated" crowd from town, not the 'backwards' outport crowd. Which is why we have, and will always have, shamefully polluted bays, coasts and shorelines...we don't even see any problem with it. The ocean is just one big, black hole of a dump. A Newfoundland education.....what a waste.

  • Tony
    January 25, 2013 - 10:34

    Common everyone, It's supposed to be haunted !! ,Have the C.C.attach a line, tow it to Trepassey,Call in the Goast Hunters who will confirm it's haunted, and BINGO, Trepassey has a toursit attraction like no other on the shore - tour busses will arrive daily !!!!!! -----------------------or just sink it--------------------------------

  • tax payer
    January 25, 2013 - 08:02

    Chances are, Trepassey will be getting a new present, Coast Guard will tow it to Trepassey and thats where it will stay

  • original townie
    January 25, 2013 - 07:08

    Obviously, when you get a taste of old St. John's, you just don't want to leave.

  • Just-ice
    January 24, 2013 - 21:07

    Oh ... JUST PEACHY. Years of harbouring this rust bucket, a disaster for the crew and their families when they were abandonded on a St. John's wharf, and now we're scrambling to prevent an environmental disaster off our coast. SOMEONE has to be accountable. REALLY accountable!!!

  • Virginia Waters
    January 24, 2013 - 18:54

    Now who could've seen that coming? A stupid question, but before the Port Authority gives the green light to towing this junk out the harbour, does it require a bond to be posted to ensure that it makes it to international waters and does not become a further liability for Canadian taxpayers?

  • Nasty Nate
    January 24, 2013 - 17:43

    Just go sink it and get it over with...

  • david
    January 24, 2013 - 17:28

    You can't seriously tell me that no one knew what was up from the start. Really? Middle of winter, with a "plan" to tow it ---- at great cost ---- for scrap metal money? REALLY?! We get what we deserve, as always. To stupid to be funny.

  • Dennis
    January 24, 2013 - 17:19

    Whatever Coast Guard does dont hook onto it...let it go to the bottom.