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Mystery spy boat washes up on Scottish isle

By T.K. Randall
October 7, 2020 · Comment icon 8 comments



Where did this boat come from and what was it doing ? Image Credit: UK Coast Guard
Scotland's coastguard has been attempting to solve the mystery of a spy boat found on the remote Isle of Tiree.
Events began on September 28th when the Isle of Tiree Coastguard Rescue Team was called out to investigate an unidentified object that had washed up along the shoreline.

The boat, which was relatively small and covered in solar panels, was unlike anything they had seen. Perplexed, they posted up photographs on Facebook to see if anyone could determine what it was.
Members of the public quickly identified the boat as an autonomous wave glider - most likely one built by Boeing Liquid Robotics - a company based in California.

Used by various scientific organizations, government agencies as well as by the US Navy and British Royal Navy, these surfboard-sized boats are capable of traveling thousands of miles.

Exactly where this one had come from and what it was doing still remains a total mystery and to date nobody has come forward to claim ownership of it.

It is even possible that it ran aground while on some sort of secretive spy mission.

If that were true however, it's unlikely that any country will come forward to claim it.

Source: Maritime Executive | Comments (8)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Buzz_Light_Year 2 years ago
Wouldn't surprise me a bit if U.S. spooks were spying on the UK.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Jon the frog 2 years ago
That thing is small !
Comment icon #3 Posted by skliss 2 years ago
They don't mention if there were other kinds of equipment on board other than solar panels. Or any mention of serial numbers, etc. The whole thing seems oddly lacking in information.
Comment icon #4 Posted by jethrofloyd 2 years ago
It reminds me of one of the Qs gadgets from the James Bond movies.
Comment icon #5 Posted by esoteric_toad 2 years ago
Love the jump to the spy boat conclusion. Likely a research project. Gotta keep the world fretting over something though. As if there isn't enough to wring hands over if so predisposed.
Comment icon #6 Posted by toast 2 years ago
The US is a supplier of military equipment to the UK so it seems obvious that the action was a test run, but a failed one I would say.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Rolltide 2 years ago
Wave Glider https://www.boeing.com/defense/autonomous-systems/wave-glider/#/video/wave-glider-how-it-works
Comment icon #8 Posted by ExoPaul 2 years ago
The shocking part is that someone didn't strip it for parts. I have been to Tiree and it is a tiny island off the coast of Scotland and faces a lot of bad weather from the Atlantic ocean. Chances are that a storm pushed it onshore. It is worth noting that the area around Tiree is often used for war games with the Navy, RAF and Army. In fact, only this week they are having problems trying to shift whales out of the area so they can conduct a massive submarine/navy exercise where they do war games with several other countries, without the submarine and boat sonar affecting the local wildlife. It... [More]


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