Saturday, July 28, 2007

Strange Russian Submarine Photo

You may wish to go to the source for yourself, open the little photo shown in a new window, and click on it for a vast enlargement that facilitates examination.

The figures marked 'A' and 'B' above were superimposed by yours truly to make a point: this realistic-looking submarine photo, which appeared in a recent Bellona article, had been altered.

Identified as A nuclear submarine during dismantling in Severodvinsk, the photo accompanies this news item:

Explosion destroys external hull of nuclear submarine Severodvinsk (at the Northern Russian naval repair yard of Zvezdochka).

Based upon relative heights of the nearby safety-rail stanchions, the human labeled 'B' is 47% taller than figures 'A'. The "B' figure is now tall enough to penetrate another deck.

Hmmm! Something is very wrong in this photo. The hull cross section is a drawing of totally unrevealing detail that appears to have been lifted from architecture in the Star Wars Death Star movie. Compare the foreground detail with the background (immediately forward of the sail). One would expect closer images to appear larger and more detailed. In this photo the opposite is true. Oh well.

Who is the Bellona Foundation? Based in Oslo, Norway, the vintage 1986, direct action environmental protest group, now calls itself the world’s most recognised technology and solution oriented, environmental champions with offices on two continents. Well, Bellona, either you have been had, or you are trying to pull something. Either way, we hope you environmental technology champions exercise more care in proposed solutions than demonstrated in your recent, illustrative photo.

Submarines are always silent and strange.



At 09 August, 2007 04:35, Blogger Unknown said...


I work in Bellona and am familiar with this picture. In fact I bought it from a newspaper in Severodvinsk (paper copy) back in 1994.

I do doubt very much they played with the picture before selling it to me.

The ship on the picture is a Yankee class nuclear submarine.


Igor Kudrik

At 09 August, 2007 13:21, Blogger Vigilis said...

Igor Kudrik,
Thank you for insights. -

At 06 March, 2008 11:16, Blogger Fred Fry said...

Hello, In case you come back this way, here is a similar type photo. Different sub and different place, but looks like the same type and 'condition'

At 16 July, 2008 15:45, Blogger Vigilis said...

Thank you Fred Fry. After examining the 2nd photo I am more convinced than ever that the forward bulkhead "detail" is a repetitive facade of some origin that has been photoshopped to obfuscate what it covers.


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