For Sale: Soviet Sub, Very Rusty

Cold War relic once used in Harrison Ford film is too costly to restore, RI museum says
By Rebecca Smith Hurd,  Newser User
Posted Dec 25, 2008 4:00 PM CST

(Newser) – The former Soviet submarine used in Harrison Ford’s film K-19: The Widowmaker may be sunk for good. The cruise-missile sub, which served as a floating museum in a Rhode Island river until it foundered in a 2007 storm, will be sold for scrap if no one buys it by Jan. 31, the AP reports. The vessel would cost over $1 million to repair.

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“Restoring it was beyond our capabilities,” an official said. “We remain hopeful that someone will step forward who might be interested in this very interesting Cold War relic.” The 282-foot vessel—known Juliett 484—launched its career in the USSR’s anti-aircraft fleet, then served as a Finnish vodka bar before shipping out to Hollywood. The museum has received inquiries, but no offers. (Read more submarine stories.)

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