In 1991 a youth group in Denmark wrote to Gorbachev of Russia to ask for a free submarine. He said yes, and 3 years later they received a massive 76 meter (250 ft) submarine.

S-359 (U359)

The Rolling Gallery in Kolding was a youth activation project that in 1991 asked the then reigning president of the Soviet Union Gorbachev if he would donate a submarine as a symbol of peace between East and West. Included in the agreement was that it should be renovated via the activation project and later used as a cultural site and tourist attraction. Gorbachev agreed to the agreement and after 3 years of difficult bureaucracy, S-359 finally arrived in Kolding in 1994. When S-359 came out of the water and was placed on a floating barge to see how big it really was; the submarine was a Whiskey V type, 76 m long, 6.3 m wide and 11 m high with a weight of 1080 tons. The final location was to be Marina South, but residents of the area protested and many citizens generally agreed… Continue Reading (1 minute read)

8 thoughts on “In 1991 a youth group in Denmark wrote to Gorbachev of Russia to ask for a free submarine. He said yes, and 3 years later they received a massive 76 meter (250 ft) submarine.”

  1. ArGrastaDe

    Upon the collapse of the Soviet Union massive amounts of military hardware were auctioned off at crazy low prices. Tanks, planes, missiles, guns, etc. Private mercenary companies and sectarian warlords had a real heyday

  2. ZW5pZ21h

    It was meant as a symbol of peace of the world from the cold war ending.

    The town was apparently shocked at the size of the submarine when it arrived.

    The wiki article is only available in Danish, that’s why I posted a Google translate link.

    https://da.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/S-359_(U359)

  3. finanon99

    Cheaper than scrapping it

  4. bewb_wizard

    So it’s that easy to get a submarine? I’ve been going about this all wrong.

  5. pighalf

    Not sure if related but I once got a free sub with a purchase of a medium drink

  6. RandomRobot

    Kid: “Mom, can I get a submarine?”
    Mom: “Wtf, no”
    Kid: “If I find one, can I keep it?”
    Mom: “Sure, whatever”
    Kid:

  7. BattleHall

    The two happiest days in a boat owner’s life are the day they get the boat and the day they get rid of the boat. Doesn’t matter the size of the boat.

  8. theflashsawyer23

    Don’t ask don’t get

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