Mysterious crew mutiny on board of ferry Queen of Melbourne

Oct. 13, 2014 at 02:52 by Mikhail Voytenko in Accidents

Spanish police boarded ferry Queen of Melbourne on Oct 11 and took the vessel to Algeciras, Spain, after receiving distress call from Master, claiming that the vessel was captured by mutinous crew. The whole story is an absolute mystery. This small 45-years old coastal vessel was to sail from Norway to Australia, crossing Atlantic via Canary Islands, according to media news. Why not through Suez Canal, and why at all – Australians were going to turn her into a museum, considering her age? How come she was permitted to depart on such long and risky, considering the circumstances, voyage, in the first place?
Last vessel’s AIS is dated Oct 2, Celtic sea. Somewhere between Oct 2 and Oct 10 vessel was captured by mutineers, Pakistani crew. She was stormed by police on Oct 11, and taken to Algeciras, which is Mediterranean. Where she was at the time of police storm? Most probably, she was in Mediterranean, and if so, where she was sailing? It is said that the crew rebelled over wages and living conditions. If it’s so, why didn’t they revolt in a more convenient place, like Canary Islands? They could go on strike, instead of mutiny, with much better chances to get what they want. What is it they actually wanted, and what’s this all about, from a start? Why was she to sail by longest and most dangerous route? And what was the planned route, exactly? Was she to sail across Indian ocean, or was she to sail across Pacific? Both routes look equally dangerous, if not suicidal. Just take a look at her photos, paying attention to her characteristics.

Mysterious crew mutiny on board of ferry Queen of Melbourne

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