Redditors and naval technology bloggers believe an aluminum and fiberglass object that washed ashore in Maui came from a Soviet-era or Russian submarine.
The 8-10 foot long roughly cylinder shaped object, covered with barnacles from its lengthy stay in the drink, arrived unannounced on Spreckelsville beach earlier this month, resulting in speculation and a visit by the Department of Natural Resources to check the item out.
One redditor posted a series of images of the unidentified formerly swimming object and was soon steered towards a pretty spot on identification as a “catfish” type VBAU Paravan communication buoy. The VBAU was used by most Soviet/Russian ballistic missile submarines since 1968 including the Golf, Yankee and Delta type vessels and trailed behind to help communicate with far-off shore bases.
HI Sutton with the naval blog “Covert Shores” posted a number of images of the buoy as well as some showing how it fit inside the hull of a Golf-class sub.
“Either way this is a fascinating and unusual beach find, and I hope that it ends up in a museum so that it might capture the imagination of a future generation of engineers and submariners,” wrote Sutton.
[ Covert Shores ]