Huge submarine found off Maryland coast

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2020/12/11/huge-submarine-found-off-maryland-coast.html

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It appears from the sonar images that the site will reveal a very well-preserved example of an R-class submarine in existence anywhere

I hate when someone distracts me in the middle of writing, and I think I’ve written one of the best…

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It’s off in that particular way that forces you to re-read it a couple times to get rid of the feeling that you’re experiencing a glitch in the matrix and/or a mild stroke.

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Grabbing my snorkel and barnacle scraper before the price of low-background steel tanks.

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Why is this a surprise? I really would have expected the navy to keep better records of where and how they dispose of their ships.

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I can’t remember a specific example, but I know it’s not the first time, either. Every time I run across a story about them finding a wreck, it’s not some obscure ship that was lost to history–usually it’s very well-known, they know when and generally where it sank, etc.

I think it comes down to: we’re aware of so much, but there aren’t many people with the time or interest to look. I usually take these stories as examples that humanity doesn’t have as many ducks in a row as we sometimes like to pretend we do–and also a reminder that there’s a ridiculous amount of this planet hidden beneath water.

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It’s the Red October!

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Should have been easy to find. It’s lying right next to the highway there.

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I feel a Twilight Zone episode coming on.

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To be fair, it was a transcription of an oral statement, and if we listen to what we literally say, we often leave out words, change tenses, etc. It used to be that the media cleaned up quotes to make them more coherent, but that opened them up to accusations of misquoting, so they’ve mostly gone to literal transcriptions.

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You’d be surprised what the military has lost track of.

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Huge?

An Ohio is huge. Not to mention a Typhoon.

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“Huge” as in: not even 100 meters in length.

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Yeah, “huge” is not the term I’d use to describe this sub. I saw the headline and immediately thought “previously unknown wreck of cold-war-era Soviet super-sub.” But, this? It’s a bathtub toy.

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From the headline, I was assuming that it was the wreck of the MN Surcouf which was certainly huge for it’s time.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_submarine_Surcouf m

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That’s substantially larger than my house.

Have you tried reconfiguring your house to be one long corridor?

R-8 (SS-85) in a harbor, during the 1920s.

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I’m not sure why they had such a difficult time locating this…
From the picture, it was parked right next to a road.

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