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. Those were German Sailors NOT Nazi’s! The Nazis were a Political Party kind of like the Democrats. The Nazis had their own Special Branch of the military called the Waffen”SS”.
    The Kraigsmarine were the German Navy. The Weirmacht was the German Army. The Luftwaffa was the German Air Force. The Nazi Waffen SS had their own Divisions. They were specially Trained and were supposed to be the best of the best. Also very Psychotic. They were Hitlers Elite Nazi Corp. You had to be picked or chosen to join the SS. So just because a soldier was in the German Military did not make them a Friggin Nazi!!!! A lot of the German soldiers disliked and hated the SS. You people need to get educated. The regular German Soldier was a very brave and loyal person fighting foir their country.

  2. Bobby Towe sr | June 6, 2017 at 11:40 pm | Reply

    These old wrecks like this do need to be raised and recovered due to the many gallons of fuel oil carried onboard. The present not only a bio hazard, but an explosives hazard as well.

  3. I am surprised. Those Nazis were a powerful group

  4. its Nazi remains… WHO CARES IF ITS A WAR GRAVE… i dont care if they have a holiday for that particular sub…

  5. did they any remains of the men in side .

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