Nazi U-boat from "Battle of Niagara Falls" Found in Great Lakes

Another closely guarded secret of the Third Reich has surfaced. Literally.

A sunken Nazi submarine recently pulled from of Lake Ontario's frigid depths confirms Adolf Hitler came closer to infiltrating North America than previously believed. 

“We have known for a long time that the Nazis sent some of their U-boats in the St. Lawrence River, but this is the first proof that they actually reached the Great Lakes,” said professor Mark Carpenter, who leads the team of archeologists from Niagara University who helped locate and recover the submarine. 

The German U-boat, identified as UX-791, has been linked to the "Battle of the St. Lawrence", an anti-submarine campaign launched by the Allies from 1942 to 1944. The boat has been unaccounted for since 1943 and historians traditionally expected to find it near the Canadian coast.

Carpenter said the Nazis wanted to disrupt the American economy by attacking cargo ships fishing boats. Two fishing boats and three cargo ships were destroyed during the time the U-boat patrolled the waters. An American aircraft carrier, the USS Sable sustained damage as well. 

Anti-submarine grenades fired from a Canadian frigate are believed to have decommissioned the German U-boat. 

Carpenter's team expects to spend 2 years restoring the boat to display in a Niagara Falls museum. Amateur scuba divers happened across the wreckage in January. The U.S. Coast Guard and Niagra University then collaborated on reclamation and identification process. 
 
Vanishing ships caused tension for residents around the region, Carpenter said, but officials of the day routinely side-stepped an open discussion about it. If anything, it appears recovery of the secret Nazi submarine is another victory for so-called conspiracy theorists who remained skeptical of the vanishing boats. 

"This could explain the mysterious ship disappearances that took place in the region in 1943, and the reported “Battle of Niagara Falls” which had always been dismissed as a collective hallucination caused by fear.”