A New York performance artist and two pals were detained yesterday after they tried to navigate a replica of a Revolutionary War-era submarine near the Queen Mary II in Brooklyn. Their maritime mischief created a brief scare, and the Coast Guard was dispatched. Apparently, the three were trying to recreate the first submarine attack in military history.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly downplayed the stunt, describing the replica as a "creative craft of three adventuresome individuals." Officials noted that the vessel had no means of steering, limited propulsion and two tons of rocks at the bottom to keep it steady. Said one officer on the scene: "We've never seen anything like this before."