Pirates, ghost ships, and stowaways, oh my!
Found a sailboat adrift after a storm in the Atlantic with nobody aboard. We decided to tow it to Florida. A couple of us went aboard to attach the line. There was a foot of water and tons of bondage porn floating around in it. Never found out who the owner was. Reported it in key west and left it in the harbour (Negative_Clank)
Worked for a bit as a deckhand on fishing boats out of San Diego. A few times we would come across deserted smaller boats (pangas) drifting with outlandishly big motors. Every time the Captain would just cut hard port or starboard to get away from them a quick as possible – I knew they were drug running boats that had probably dropped off their cargo, but I would check them out with the binoculars if we were close.
One had two people on it – both had clearly been shot a bunch of times, and one was moving and fairly alive. I told the Captain – got a disapproving head shake and we were on our way. (confusedbossman)
This was over 30 years ago we were living aboard a 22′ O’day our first boat. We pulled into a dock and were trying to sleep.
We heard the crackeling sound. Almost like twigs burning. Was very concerning, I was trying to figure out what was wrong with my boat.
Our neighbor didn’t help, he said it was fiberglass worms.
Apparently, this is some mollusk that attaches itself to the hull and clicks in some way that the hull picked up and amplified. (bethelmayflower)