A Rhode Island court has ordered a scrapyard to remove the remnants of a Russian submarine from the Providence River.
The hull of the submarine, known as Juliett 484, rests just a few feet from the shore in Providence.
After the Cold War, the sub was sold and used as a restaurant and vodka bar in Helsinki, Finland, and, after some extensive fiberglass transformation to resemble Soviet sub K-19, became the set for the 2002 Ford movie “K-19: The Widowmaker.” After that, it became a floating museum. In 2007, it sank during a storm and was sold for scrap.
Nothing had really been done with the remains since then. This past December, a Superior Court judge ordered Rhode Island Recycled Metals LLC to begin removing its scrapped vessels from the river.
The sub wound up in Providence because the Rhode Island-based USS Saratoga Museum Foundation bought it and opened it to the public as a floating museum in 2002.