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. i have seen a huge anchor with german swastika on its flukes. this was seen in the st.lawrence river at clayton ny. this was in the early 1970s. this anchor was pulled to the surface and the last i know it was at wilbur wahls french creek marina. clayton ny

  2. Let’s all be grown-ups, here. I am not a Nazi fan, either. But, respect is due to all dead. Hopefully, any skeletal remains will be transferred to Germany for that country to inter, even in unmarked graves, if necessary. While we can assume the majority of Nazis willingly took part in evil policies, maybe even to save their own skins, we don’t KNOW the intentions of each man/woman, or their last thoughts as they died. God will judge them according to their deeds. Not to worry; no one is going to get away with ANYTHING.

  3. 1) geography confirmed: Falls are ca. 20 mi up the Niagara River, which empties Erie into Ontario. 2) I wouldn’t be surprised if the crew abandoned the ship and fled; their chances of escaping were slim, and their chances of refueling, re-supplying, or re-arming, nil. 3) a SOVIET sub? I think that;s highly unlikely–what purpose would it have served Stalin to send a sub into the Great Lakes? (and if it’s more modern than Stalin, it would have had to slip through the new LOCKS on the St Lawrence…4) i don’t know (i could Google it, i suppose) when the Welland Canal –which cuts through the Ontario Peninsula about 25 miles west of the River–was built; until then , there was nowhere further to go–there was–and still is– no other navigable route between Erie and Ontario (unless you’re a kayak)

  4. I agree with j mcdowell, it looks too new & didn’t, even the late models of U-Boats have deck guns…I don’t see any on this one.

  5. That’s a Russian boat, not German.

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