Certainly looks like a space ship to me.


Would you say that this queer-looking contraption was a jet-propelled life raft, a plane fuselage flying without wings, or some other super-secret, odd invention just released for public view? Perhaps, if you turn the picture upside down and think of reflections on water as you reexamine it, you will be able to tell. It’s the conning tower of a German submarine sunk alongside its dock at Hamburg. Note the radar antenna. Lt. Arthur L. Schoeni, of the Navy Department, sent the photo in.

  1. Alan J. Richer says: February 15, 20086:52 am

    That is a really interesting trompe-d’oeuil photo – the reflection is nicely aligned with the actual so it looks relatively seamless.

    The guy who caught this had a good eye for detail.


  2. Stannous says: February 15, 200812:53 pm

    I had to read Alan’s description to see it.

  3. jayessell says: February 16, 200812:13 pm

    If this is a consular ship, WHERE is the ambassador?

  4. Blurgle says: February 16, 20089:48 pm

    It looks like a stretched-out Chevrolet Impala wrapped in brown paper and launched into the air with antennas attached.

  5. celestin cartier says: April 24, 20082:51 am

    for Alan, it’s not trompe-d’oeil but trompe-l’oeil

  6. D. Vader says: June 5, 20084:18 am

    >>If this is a consular ship, WHERE is the ambassador?
    He is surenderring to Stalin tanks in Berlin!!!

    This is Type XXI U-Boat conning tower…

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