Fake Sub Sets Off Harbor Scare

Coast Guard ends 'marine mischief'
In this photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, a replica of a Revolutionary War submarine sits in the water off Red Hook in Brooklyn, N.Y., Friday Aug. 3, 2007. Police arrested three men involved with...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – 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."