A Fishing Boat Falls Prey to Mutiny? Pirates?
By RAYMOND BONNER

WILLIE CREEK, Australia, Jan. 17 — Somewhere in the Indian Ocean, before the sun's rays bounced off the waves on the third day of 2003, something happened aboard the High Aim No. 6, a long-line fishing boat. When the Australian Navy came upon the 80-foot vessel six days later, on Jan. 9, it was drifting, on full throttle, the main gas tank dry. The auxiliary fuel tanks, full, had not been switched on. When the sailors boarded, they found 10 tons of valuable bonito tuna in the refrigerated hold.

A partial carton of Marlboro cigarettes and a jar of Nescafé were on the dash above the helm in the wheelhouse, along with the captain's reading glasses. The crew members' clothes and international documents were neatly where they should be. But there was no crew. Vanished. Gone. What happened to the crew of the High Aim has baffled Australian investigators and salty sea veterans, as well as the residents in this sparsely populated, far-off corner of Australia, who have come to call it 'the ghost ship...'

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What do you think happened to the crew of the fishing boat the Australian Navy recently found abandoned with a full load: something logical like a mutiny or pirate attack, or an unsolved mystery that may only be explained by phenomenon?
A Fishing Boat Falls Prey to Mutiny? Pirates?

By RAYMOND BONNER

WILLIE CREEK, Australia, Jan. 17 — Somewhere in the Indian Ocean, before the sun`s rays bounced off the waves on the third day of 2003, something happened aboard the High Aim No. 6, a long-line fishing boat. When the Australian Navy came upon the 80-foot vessel six days later, on Jan. 9, it was drifting, on full throttle, the main gas tank dry. The auxiliary fuel tanks, full, had not been switched on. When the sailors boarded, they found 10 tons of valuable bonito tuna in the refrigerated hold.

A partial carton of Marlboro cigarettes and a jar of Nescafé were on the dash above the helm in the wheelhouse, along with the captain`s reading glasses. The crew members` clothes and international documents were neatly where they should be. But there was no crew. Vanished. Gone. What happened to the crew of the High Aim has baffled Australian investigators and salty sea veterans, as well as the residents in this sparsely populated, far-off corner of Australia, who have come to call it `the ghost ship...`

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19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 1/25/03 - 11:54:56 AM EST (GMT-5)
Whoa, that's wierd. I think that it wouldn't be pirates or mutiny, that doesn't really happen any more. I think it's probably phenomenon.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 1/25/03 - 11:56:18 AM EST (GMT-5)
thats creepy
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 1/25/03 - 11:58:37 AM EST (GMT-5)
i reckon they drank 2 much Fosters and fell over bored, timbo, pirates do still roam the seas, although not as much as in the past it is still more likely than phenomenon
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 1/25/03 - 11:59:20 AM EST (GMT-5)
I know, isn't that wierd?! If it was pirates you'd think the ship would be looted or something - it's like they all just vanished into thin air
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 1/25/03 - 12:00:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
murder/sucicide maybe
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 1/25/03 - 12:34:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
Perhaps they fished on a Sunday, and the Lord did smite them.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 1/25/03 - 3:32:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
Munchkin if it was murder or suicide the bodies would be there, or at least signs of how the people died or something ... there's nothing there! It's like they all just decided to jump off for a swim and drowned or something. But every single one of the dozens of crew would have had to have gone swimming all at once, which wouldn't happen - especially since they had a full load with a deadline to be somewhere and it seems like some were eating in the middle of their disappearance. There has to be a reason right? That's what any rational person would think. But what could be the reason? Would pirates even leave everything completely intact and undisturbed in their struggle to take over the entire crew? Hmm....
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 1/25/03 - 3:35:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
Okay sorry not dozens of crew, there were 10 of them ... after I wrote that I wanted to check. Still, would all 10 including the captain voluntarily leave the boat in the middle of what they were doing?
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 1/25/03 - 3:36:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
Maybe it was aliens...
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 1/25/03 - 3:37:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
No I got it, it was Sirines haven't you heard the old legends?
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 1/25/03 - 3:41:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
LOL @ Sirens :D But seriously!! It's funny but at the same time it's creepy - I'm trying to find a logical answer so I can quit wondering about it, LOL
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 1/25/03 - 3:42:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
actually it's spelled both ways depending on where you look
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 1/25/03 - 3:44:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
Alien abduction or that really smart shark from SNL lured them all into the ocean...
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 1/25/03 - 3:48:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
Of course, if it wasn't sirines it could have been kelpie, but I think that's a bit out of their territory...
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 1/25/03 - 3:50:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
no idea what happened. kinda like thbat ship the "marie celeste", it was found with all the lifeboats gone, everything gone, and just drifting. to this day noone knows what happened.
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 2/11/03 - 10:15:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
Sounds like Pirates to me. If they had guns to the crew's heads there possibly wouldn't be a struggle. Pirates are actually still quite common in certain areas of sea.
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 2/12/03 - 6:52:05 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah, pirates. How does the engine run with an empty main tank? Just coincidence, as the last drop went through?
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 2/12/03 - 10:25:26 AM EST (GMT-5)
So the pirates killed all the people then did what with the bodies and evidence of people ever being on board the ship? And why didn't they steal the boat or anything on it? They just wanted to jump on, kill some people, dispose of the bodies, erase all evidence of life ever being there, then leave with nothing? Yeah right. See, any logical explanation we can come up with doesn't make sense. That's why it intrigues me so much - I'm still waiting for someone to come up with a plausible explanation.
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 2/12/03 - 10:30:38 AM EST (GMT-5)
maybe tha dingo's ate 'em...
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 2/12/03 - 10:51:09 AM EST (GMT-5)
Piracy is still very common in many parts of Southeast Asia, particularly around Indonesia. From what I've read, it is very easy for experienced pirates from a small speedboat to commandeer a large vessel within minutes. I am surprised that terrorists haven't seized upon the idea yet with all the thousands of vulnerable cargo ships full of oil heading from the Middle East to Japan. They could seriously screw with the world economy big-time.
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 2/12/03 - 10:54:11 AM EST (GMT-5)
Particularly as ships head through narrow straits between Sumatra and Malaysia, where ships are vulnerable and piracy is common.
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 2/12/03 - 11:09:38 AM EST (GMT-5)
Alien abduction, I’m telling you it IS logical. It’s the only possible explanation. If it had been pirates they wouldn’t have left the cargo intact. They’d at least have taken the Nescafé. That stuff is great. And if it had been mutiny the mutineers would have still been aboard. They wouldn’t throw themselves overboard. And even if they had somehow abandoned the ship and swam ashore they’d have defiantly taken the Nescafé. That’s stuff if great. Even if CIA agents had assassinated them all, the agents would have taken the Nescafé! That stuff is great. Only aliens from another planet would have left the Nestcafe behind because they don’t have it on their planet and they don’t know that that stuff is great. I love Nescafé
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 2/12/03 - 11:41:50 AM EST (GMT-5)
Aliens?
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 2/12/03 - 12:30:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
Nescafé?
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 2/12/03 - 12:40:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
The Cult of Cthulu got them...

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