USA: Mysterious Nazi submarine from WWII discovered in Great Lakes

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Niagara Falls| Divers from the U.S coast guard took part this morning, in a delicate wreck recovery operation to bring to the surface a Nazi submarine discovered two weeks ago  at the bottom of Lake Ontario.

The U-boat was spotted for the first time by amateur scuba divers in late January and they had contacted the authorities. Archaeologists associated with Niagara University of  and master divers from the U.S Coast Guard were mobilized on site to determine what it was, and they soon realized that they were dealing with a German submarine that sank during World War II.

A wreck recovery vessel  of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society was mandated to refloat the ship and bring it back to Niagara Falls, where it must be restored before becoming a museum ship. The delicate recovery operation took nearly 30 hours to complete, but the submarine was finally brought down on the bank with relative ease.

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The divers of the U.S. Coast guard braved the frigid water temperature to go attach cables to the wreck for the recovery operation.

The submarine was identified as the UX-791, a unique experimental German submarine, based on the U-1200 model, and known to have participated in the “Battle of the St. Lawrence”. It  was reported missing in 1943 and was believed to have been sunk near the Canadian coast.

Professor Mark Carpenter, who leads the team of archaeologists, believes that the U-boat could have traveled up the St-Lawrence River, all the way to the Great Lakes, where it intended to disturb the American economy.

A report from the dated from February 1943 suggests, that the ship could have attacked and destroyed three cargo ships and two fishing vessels, even damaging the USS Sable (IX-81), an aircraft carrier of the U.S. navy that was used for training in the Great Lakes, before finally being sunk by anti-sub grenades launched by a Canadian frigate.

“We have known for a long time that the Nazis had sent some of their U-boats in the St-Lawrence River, but this is the first proof that they actually reached the Great Lakes,” Professor Carpenter told reporters. “This could explain the mysterious ship disappearances that took place in the region in 1943, and the reported “Battle of Niagara Falls” which had always been dismissed as a collective hallucination caused by fear.”

The restoration of the submarine could take more than two years, but once completed, the museum ship is expected to become one of the major tourist attractions of the region.

10 Comments on "USA: Mysterious Nazi submarine from WWII discovered in Great Lakes"

  1. Not a Nazi u boat that is a Russian k159 sub it probably malfunction and went under and traveled there and stoped or maybe the same senorio where they where sent to attack during the cold war and it malfunctioned and sunk to the bottom there are many possibilitys

  2. I think it is à sewer pipe.

  3. Jorge A Rivera | March 20, 2016 at 10:12 pm | Reply

    I think most people commenting above do not know what they talking about. As a German Submarine my first thought went to its crew. What happened to them? If there were any remains on board they SHOULD have declared as a “resting place” and leave those in “Eternal Patrol”. IF on the other hand, there were NO remains, then there is no reason NOT to bring it up. The boat been German HAS NOTHING to do if they were Nazis or not. They were BRAVE MEN SERVING THEIR COUNTRY and THAT WE MUST RESPECT. . . as we respect our own fallen servicemen. That war ENDED 71 years ago. GROW UP PEOPLE.

  4. Robert Clark | March 19, 2016 at 7:04 pm | Reply

    It’s all very naive to think of ALL of the “Axis” members as being genocide thirsty, anti-semitic bastards. Many of those guys were forced to enlist (drafted or conscripted), and if could possibly ìmagine what many of then must have felt at that time. Many were “God fearing, and even pacìfìsts”! Living in a world where the Nazi party, and the SS are in total control of everything, and where your neighbour could be an ìnformant,

  5. @drib, Rick is 100% correct. Go back to your hole & do some research.

  6. Jan Kowalski | March 19, 2016 at 1:49 am | Reply

    This is not NAZI submarine,this is HITLER Germany submarine.Word “nazi”says nothing.We have to call it by name what it is.

  7. It is the Welland Canal !

  8. Jim, it’s the WELLAND Canal, and it’s west of Niagara Falls.

  9. Hmmm. The more vitriolic the comment, the worse the grammar.

  10. Just two minor corrections . . . First, the sections of the St. Lawrence Seaway and the locks comprising it from the tidewater to the lakehead were not completed until the 1950’s after WWII ended. The question that should be asked is: “could this sub navigate undetected through the St. Lawrence River without the installation of these locks”. Secondly it’s the WELLAND Canal that bypasses Niagara Falls and connects the navigable waters of Lake Ontario at Port Weller and Lake Erie at Port Colborne. However, this is irrelevant to this discussion because this sub was found in Lake Ontario which would not have required circumnavigating the Falls.

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