'K-19: The Widowmaker' sub must be removed from river: U.S. court
In this Monday, Aug. 22, 2016 photo, rusting remnants of an old Russian submarine that once was used as a floating museum until it sank in 2007 remains in the Providence river in Providence, R.I. (Jennifer McDermott/AP Photo)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, January 26, 2017 11:28AM EST
Last Updated Thursday, January 26, 2017 12:40PM EST
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A Rhode Island court has ordered a scrapyard to remove the remnants of a Russian submarine once used as a set for a Harrison Ford movie from the Providence River.
The hull of the submarine, known as Juliett 484, rests mere feet from shore in the city.
After the Cold War, the sub was sold and used as a restaurant and vodka bar and as a set for "K-19: The Widowmaker." Then it became a floating museum. It sank during a nor'easter in 2007 and was sold for scrap.
State environmental officials sued to get it and several other vessels removed.
A Superior Court judge ordered Rhode Island Recycled Metals LLC in December to begin removing vessels from the river, adjacent to its scrapyard.
The permitting process is underway now.