Nazi submarine emerges from Lake Ontario

Nazi submarine
The presumed Nazi submarine in Lake Ontario

The news was reported in these days on the web (link): from the depths of Lake Ontario (the smallest of the five “great lakes” on the border between the United States and Canada) would re-emerged the wreckage of a Nazi submarine. Testify the incredible discovery the pictures you can see also in this article.

U-791 on the bottom of Ontario Lake?

The submarine would have been discovered in late January by scuba divers who warned the authorities. Then archaeologists of Niagara University and divers of the US Coast Guard would have come on site to see what it was and found that it was an experimental Nazi submarine from World War II, the U-Boote U-791. The recovery would have lasted 30 hours and now authorities are evaluating time (2 years at least) and cost (several million dollars) for a restoration of the rusting U-791, which could turn into a floating museum.

From Atlantic to Ontario through St. Larance

If all this were true, how the U-791 come and what was it doing on the bottom of Lake Ontario? Theoretically the submarine could climb from the North Sea, across the Atlantic, traced back to St. Lawrence River and enter Lake Ontario, but why was it lying on the bottom? Was it a fatal accident or its crew sank it after abandoning it and then leave each one for a different final destination, maybe thousands of kilometers away? In this case who was on board, perhaps some personalities of the Third Reich and their treasures, fleeing from Germany in the latest days of the conflict?

Something doesn't make sense

The hypothesis would be fascinating, indeed in these years there have been reports of other Nazi submarines around the world, from Antarctica to Latin America. Yet something doesn't make sense. The U-791 was a V-300 type experimental submarine able to carry a crew of 25 people, which used Walter turbines with a second auxiliary propulsion system, developing a maximum speed of 19 knots, with a weight of 655 tons. Its construction began at Krupp shipyards in Kiel and was to be launched February 18, 1942, but construction was stopped and it was dismantled on site.


A revealing picture

Could this be just an “official” version which covered the real story? Not according to the photos shown. Particularly the picture of the divers, with expensive watches on the wrist and “Rolex” logos on mute, belongs to the “Under the Pole” series by National Geographic, sponsored by Rolex (link), while the rusty vessel is to a Soviet nuclear submarine of “November” class, the K-159 (you can see it here and here).

The story of K-159

Launched in 1962, the K-159 had a first incident with the issue of nuclear waste in 1965. Repair began two years later and the submariner returned to active duty in 1970 to be finally decommissioned in 1989 and placed in reserve at the Germikha base. Concerned about the increasingly precarious situations former Soviet decommissioned submarines were in, five countries poured to Russia 200 million dollars in 2003 so to dismantle Germikha nuclear wreckage avoiding further environmental contamination.

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Original photo of the submarine

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Background used for photomontage

A bad taste hoax

The K-159 should have been the 13th (out of 16 vessels) to be dismantled, but August 30, 2003 it sank, killing 9 of 10 sailors who were on board to prepare the vessel to be towed to the dismantling plant of Polarnye. Anyone who has used the images of this vessel adding with a photo editing program some snow covered tree limbs or other “details” to make the image more realistic not only has made a fake, but also insulted the memory of those who died on board: it is definitely a very bad taste hoax.

Tags: Hoaxes, Mystery solved