Thursday, May 10, 2018

Toyship Adventure position updates

Instead of putting them below the previous post, I will put the coordinates of the little pirate ship here, this is the latest position:
12th May UTC: It is finally escaping Barbados' current, drastically changed course:
Speed: 0.5 knots @ 293.03°
Position at: 12 May 2018 00:00 UTC
Lat/Lon: 13° 23.24 N, 060° 5.57 W

Speed: 0.2 knots @ 6.68°
Position at: 11 May 2018 18:00 UTC
Lat/Lon: 13° 22.15 N, 060° 2.94 W

Speed: 0.2 knots @ 354.36°
Position at: 10 May 2018 06:00 UTC
Lat/Lon: 13° 15.48 N, 060° 3.74 W
As you see it has changed course again.
A speedboat went from Barbados yesterday (9th of May) to look for it but the mission was unsuccessful.
It must have been caught in a massive riptide west of Barbados, once it starts going West again a search mission is ready to start looking from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
Here is the link to the map again, battery is almost empty, 3% remaining.
position of "Adventure"

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Little toyship aproaching the Grenadines caught in seaweed or riptide?

A little Playmobil toyship belonging to 2 British brothers aged 8 and 6 that was launched off the coast of Africa is within a 100 mile of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The ship, named "Adventure" completed its first 390 mile voyage from Aberdeenshire to Denmark in 2017.
It was then fitted with a tracker sponsored by OPEX group and dropped a 100 miles off Mauretania by the Norwegian square rigger Christian Radich.

The brothers lost track of the little boat for months, but it has recently started transmitting its position.
Adventure has now covered nearly 3000 miles, first coming within a 100 miles off the coast of the Guyanas, and is
now being swept  North West by strong currents towards Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
Its latest "ping" can be followed via the link below.
position of "Adventure"

It is very possible that the little pirate ship ends up on Petit Tobac just East of the Tobago Cays where part of Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed. That little island is like a magnet for lost stuff, even part of a space ship fell on it some years ago.
And maybe it will make people more aware of how far a piece of plastic can travel!

Update 1: It is now right between Barbados and St. Vincent at
Speed: 0.9 knots @ 341.78°
Position at: 09 May 2018 00:00 UTC
Lat/Lon: 13° 5.87 N, 060° 7.43 W
Update 2: I suppose it has been found or is in a bunch of Sargassum weed, it is travelling at an odd course for a plastic pirate ship!
Speed: 0.4 knots @ 24.92°
Position at: 09 May 2018 18:00 UTC
Lat/Lon: 13° 12.42 N, 060° 4.31 W
Update 3: still on a strange course, it is still East wind there but the ship is travelling almost North:
Speed: 0.3 knots @ 21.36°
Position at: 10 May 2018 00:00 UTC
Lat/Lon: 13° 14.16 N, 060° 3.61 W