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WW2 wet sub found in mans yard.

Discussion in 'Other Weapons' started by goodgoalie, Jan 2, 2010.

  1. goodgoalie

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    Hello,
    I found this forum because Im looking for help and info from some experts. I know and older man here in florida who claims to own 1 of 12 american made wet subs from WW2. It is a 2 man sub designed to attach mines to Japanese ships in their home ports. He claims the remaining subs were all scuttled in harbors after use and are either lost or in museums in japan. I cant find any information on the sub on the internet through common searches. I have seen it in person and I would say its no more than 20' long and not much wider than a mans shoulders.
    Thanks,
    Alex
     
  2. OpanaPointer

    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    Any chance of getting pictures?
     
  3. goodgoalie

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    I will swing by and see if i cant get a shot from the fance.
     
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    I'm sure somebody here will recognize it if it's genuine.
     
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    No US version listed. My best contact for this is selfishly vacationing in Mexico so I can't contact him yet.
     
  7. dgmitchell

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    Alex - Where in Florida are you located? If your friend does not mind, I can think of one or two Rogues in Central Florida who might want to make a field trip to see the sub.
     
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    Okay, place your bets.


    One October my future brother-in-law (13 at the time) and his older brother found a wing tank in a local salvage yard. It being the night before Halloween they decided on a prank. They dug a hole in their front yard and stuck the tank in the hole so it's rear third, including fins, was showing. When the neighbors woke up the next morning . . .
     
  9. goodgoalie

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    [​IMG]
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    Sorry for the horrible pictures. He parked a boat in front of the sub but you can still see the nose and top. He says he has all the parts off it and in boxes and a bunch of paperwork but I havent talked to him in a few months.
     
  10. goodgoalie

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    Not like this.

    This sub has fins on the front bottom and in the shape of and "x" on the back. Its battery powered and has aircraft aluminum style piping and AN fittings inside. Im an aircraft mechanic and I actually thought it was a small plane the first time I glanced at it. Im in North east florida.
     
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    Can't see it very well, but could it be like this? [​IMG]
     
  12. goodgoalie

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    Nope.
    Too short and too fat. Cool pic though.
     
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    Its a bit hard with the other boat in the way, can you get a better photo?
     
  14. Greg Canellis

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    I smell a Commando mission in the offering!:eek:
     
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    Could it be British? I have a friend who served in the UDTs during the 50s and he's stated they played with Brit made subs but never had any to "use".
     
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    Calling in the clans on this one. We'll see what the pros from Dover say.
     
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    OH wait I'll go and get the parachutes, prepare Operation "sub found in mans yard".

    We are going in for a low altitude jump, attempting to land in the very yard the target resides. Recon the target and be sure to take the photo's necessary for the information required. The evacatuation point will be helicopter 3 miles north of the target. Not hostiles expected but be on the look out.

    Good luck.
     
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    NOW I remember why this bugs me. "Goblin".
     
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    My friends at ONI have never seen this before.
     
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    South Florida Homebuilt Submersibles

    Article - Posting | Homebuilt - Homemade | Modern | Submarine and Undersea Postings | Submersible or Mini Sub | USA
    An article about a few homebuilt sub enthusiasts down in South Florida and the sub Antipodes. It has some interesting photos and a little video. I like the shot titled "Waiting Around", where the pilot is sitting in the open hatch but two thirds of the photo is an underwater view of the sub at the surface.
    And a good quote from Patrick Lahey,copied so link will not work,I cant find anymore on this! no pics! just a thought...
     

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