shipwreck link of the day
Australian police have been baffled by the discovery of a ghost ship--a 30-foot fishing boat found drifting 185 miles west of the port of Broome, bearing a cargo of rotting fish but no sign of the crew.
A massive search in the area has turned up no survivors, life rafts or clues, but the presence of up to three tons of rotting mackerel and tuna in the hold has convinced police the boat was used by fisherman, not people smugglers.
"There weren't any indications on board that anything untoward had happened. The conditions on board were quite good," said a spokeswoman for the Australian Federal Police in Perth.
She said the long-line fishing boat, which would have a crew of around 12, appeared well-equipped and seaworthy.
The weather in the area has been calm for weeks.
In 1872, the vessel Marie Celeste was spotted drifting off Portugal, with food on the table but no one aboard. In 2001, scientists discovered the remains of the ship, which had been scuttled after no trace of the crew could be found.