USA: Mysterious Nazi submarine from WWII discovered in Great Lakes

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 and master divers from the U.S Coast Guard were mobilized on the 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.


The divers of the U.S. Coastguard 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.

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

  1. Does anybody know where is it now? I mean I would like to take a look at it on the weekend

  2. disgusted with most | February 19, 2016 at 8:37 pm | Reply

    Pretty cool find. If it was American then by all means leave it there but it’s not its Nazi war ship. Get it out of our waters. You don’t like what Ihave to say then go hail Hitler. Oh. Just an fyi I won’t be back to read your boohoo cries that I’m right. Lmfao. Deal with it in your own head.

  3. This does look much more like a Russian sub from the cold war than a U-Boat. It will be interesting to see what is found and related from within the hull. Regardless of the country of origin it is disturbing to know that a war ship of an enemy nation penetrated our coastline. Could it have been scuttled and abandoned by a crew mutiny against the Mother Country? The lack of information about where the hull might have been breeched is also disturbing. Certainly smacks of a cover up attempt.

  4. Maybe it’s like the movie red october

  5. Those calling for the desecration of nazi soldiers remains might want to reconsider their morality, lest they became more like the Nazis themselves.

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