It had a reinforced hull suitable for cruising in the Arctic and Antarctic waters. The cabins sounded Spartan, but it was for voyagers who wished to see the polar regions and feel like an intrepid explorer.
The owners had a number of financial troubles, and it was ultimately sold for scrap. It had been in St. John's, Newfoundland when it was sold. The ship was in the process of being towed to the Dominican Republic where it was to be taken apart; however, the tow line broke and it started to drift, endangering nearby oil rigs and fishing areas in Canadian territory. A towing company reconnected a line to the Lyuova Orlova, and it towed it away from Canadian waters so that it would not be a problem to be oil and fishing activities there. There they turned it loose irresponsibly, and it started to drift in the direction of Europe.
Where is this nearly 300 foot, 4200 gross tons of flotsam right now? Some claim it sank; but others say it might have an Irish or Scottish future.
Piracy, perhaps? Presently, the Somali and Pacific pirates operate with small, vulnerable vessels. But suppose some of them got this vessel fitted out with some credible naval gun?
Or, maybe some company could convert it into a party boat. If they would do this, there are several possible places it could operate from: Ibiza, Miami, Trenton, or even Pensacola!
Finally, it could simply be towed to a port, advertised as a haunted ship, and be a popular place for couples to go for Halloween. After all, in the U.S. and Europe, old houses serve in that role each year already.
All is takes is a little imagination; plus someone skilled in engine repair.