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Soviet submarine K-77

NATO Designation: Juliett 484 [thought to be K-81 prior to 2002]

The K-77, after decommissioning in 1994, was sold and spent time in Finland as a floating restaurant. The venue was apparently more appropriate for drinking than eating, and K-77: the Restaurant became K-77: the not-so-chic Vodka Bar.

Another entrepreneur with the star and sickle in his eyes leased the boat to become a tourist attraction in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA. Once again, however, the dreamed-of hordes of tourists failed to materialize. The owner's agent attempted to sell her on e-Bay, but the $1 million reserve price was not met.

Another savior appeared, this time in the guise of Paramount Pictures, who moved the boat to Halifax for K-19: The Widowmaker filming, after a season in dry dock. But with filming complete, the Canadian authorities threated to tow her, and the film company and her owners disputed ownership. K-77's future was again in doubt.

But the USS Saratoga Museum Foundation had a use for her.

K-77 is currently berthed in Providence, Rhode Island, USA, where she plays hostess to tourists in an effort to raise awareness and funds for the Foundations's ultimate goal: to open the Saratoga as a public education center. The Russian Royal Navy standard now flies atop her sail, but beneath the standard of her originally sworn enemy.



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