Months passed with no sign of the Lyubov Orlova until it was spotted by the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, a Defense Department mapping service, drifting some 1,300 nautical miles (2,400 kilometers) west of the Irish coast, Gizmodo reports.
The ship hasn't been seen in months, and some speculate it may have finally sunk.
The star-crossed ship hasn't had an easy life: In 2006, it ran aground off Antarctica and had to be towed to safety by a Spanish icebreaker.
The Lyubov Orlova was seized in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 2010 because of a financial dispute between the ship's Russian owners and a charter company. The crew, bereft with no pay and nothing to eat, were forced to rely on food donations from Canadians for several months before returning to Russia.
A French environmental organization, Robin du Bois, labeled the Lyubov Orlova an imminent threat to health and safety.
"In case of a collision or sinking or any accident, the Lyubov Orlova will immediately release fuel ... other toxic liquids, asbestos ... mercury and other non-degradable floating waste," the group declared in a statement.