Mysterious Unclaimed Spy Boat Washes Up On Remote Scottish Island
The £300,000 solar powered craft has yet to be claimed by any country, and basically no-one has any idea how it came to be on the shores of the remote island of Tiree.
It's since been identified as a Wave Glider spy vessel, a type of boat that is only used by the US Navy and the Royal Navy.
However, no-one has come forward yet to claim the boat.
It's covered in solar panels and antennae and is dark grey in colour. This type of boat also has no lights on it, which is a legal requirement for all boats at sea and suggests that it was being used for covert purposes when it washed ashore.
There has been some - admittedly unproven, so far - claims that it could be a Russian clone of the Wave Glider boat.
It's like something out of James Bond, isn't it?
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The Russian Navy are known to have developed a boat that is very similar to the Wave Gilder called the Fugu back in 2016, which might explain why no-one has claimed ownership of the boat yet.
The Mirror reports that some naval sources think that it could be a Russian boat sent to spy on British nuclear submarines.
Tiree is about 100 miles from the nuclear submarine base at Faslane, but it would be right on the route that the nuclear submarines would take if they were heading out into the North Atlantic.
According to Popular Mechanics, the bit of the boat that looks like a futuristic surfboard is only one bit of the boat, there's also another submarine part that captures the wave energy to propel the boat forward through the water.
Whilst it only has a top speed of about one mile per hour, the solar panels mean that it can travel basically an unlimited distance, albeit slowly.
This particular one looks like it has been through the wars a bit - pun completely intended - as it appears to have been bashed up, perhaps through crashing against rocks for a while.
That could be because the propulsion submarine has become detached from the drone, meaning that it was cast adrift on the sea.
Either way, until someone owns up, we simply don't know.
Featured Image Credit: Maritime and Coastguard Agency
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