It took a lot longer than anticipated — which may ultimately prove calamitous. But the Soviet submarine that sank in Providence, Rhode Island, last year is back above the water line. The former tourist attraction was submerged by a freak storm in April 2007 and has remained on the bottom of Providence Harbor ever since, until it was finally raised by a U.S. Navy salvage team on late Friday afternoon.
An article in the Providence Journal states emphatically that the U-boat, even if the mud can be cleaned out of it, “will definitely not return to its current location” and may in fact be sunk again — as a diving attraction in Australia! We can understand the desire for a fresh start, but any submarine seaworthy enough to float should be watertight enough to support tourists. And now it has a great local story for guides to tell. At Halloween, the Russkie rust-bucket would be the perfect haunt for a cursed Commie crew.
Just don’t leave its hatches open in a downpour — which is how it sank last time — and it should be fine. Enough trips to Davy Jones’s locker for now.
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