A fishing trawler swept away more than a year ago by a tsunami off the east coast of Japan has been spotted floating near British Columbia…

”It looks fairly sound and has rust streak from being out there for a year,” said Marc Proulx, the maritime coordinator of the Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Victoria, British Columbia…

The fishing vessel is about 120 miles off the Queen Charlotte Islands, commonly referred to as the Haida Gwaii. The islands are an archipelago on the north coast of the British Columbia.

It was first spotted by a Canadian military air patrol, and it has since been determined that it has been adrift without anybody at the helm since March 11, 2011, Proulx said.

The Japan Coast Guard identified the owner of the vessel after being contacted Friday by Canadian officials, who were able to provide the identification number on the hull of the ship. The vessel, which was used for squid fishing, was moored at Hachinohe in the Aomori prefecture when the tsunami hit, said Toshiro Yoshinaga, a Coast Guard official.

Everyone certain there is no one, nothing on board?



  1. I bet it is full of zombies just waiting to invade the continent…

  2. Squidward says:

    Squid fishing? Oh the humanity.

    They probably smelled it a week before they spotted it.

  3. Cap'nKangaroo says:

    They found Godzilla’s bathtub toy!

  4. deowll says:

    One would have thought that valuable items like this would have been reclaimed…guess not.

    • Lynne says:

      The was a lot of stuff swept out to sea. Its arrival to the west coast of America is expected around 2014?

  5. Glenn E. says:

    Wow, they sure don’t waste money on anything frivolous like a good coat of white marine paint. It looks the very definition of a “rust bucket”, without fear of hyperbole. If you saw this thing hauling in your dinner, would you want to eat what ended up in its rusting holds? And yet, in the past, the Japanese have been discouraged from eating apples imported from the US, because of unwarranted concern of food safety. But rust contaminated fish? That doesn’t bother them.

  6. How eerie
    The “twilight zone”
    I wonder if they take reservations on fishing charters ?

  7. Kelly Spongberg says:

    foots in the oceans…

  8. MartinJJ says:

    Maybe do a good deed and just tow it back to Japan? Up to 2014 they expect more of them to arrive at the shores.

  9. msbpodcast says:

    If the ship was tied up at a mooring that it was torn from, it was unmanned and unpowered.

    It’s just been bobbing around the Pacific ocean for over a year.

    Unless they were lucky and got up to high ground when it hit, the owner and crew are probably all dead from the tsunami.

    Sad really.

  10. Skeptic says:

    Wait a minute… he told the insurance company that it was gently used and kept in pristine condition.

  11. Amnesty for cartels says:

    The commander of the USS Ranger once told me he disappears on a mission because he tells nobody where his ship is. An aircraft carrier can easily hide in plain sight on the ocean. It’s a BIG ocean.

  12. B. Dog says:

    Dibs.

  13. Kent says:

    Damn! B. Dog beat me to it!

  14. JimD, Boston, MA says:

    Modern day “Flying Dutchman”, only it’s not Dutch !

  15. ugly, constipated, and mean says:

    Yearlong vacation, all the squid you can eat.


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