NYC Maker makes 1775 submarine – gets cited by US Coast Guard

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NYC Maker makes 1775 submarine – gets cited by US Coast Guard

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Breaking news!!! –

A Brooklyn man in a Revolutionary War-era submarine was cited by the U.S. Coast Guard for drifting into a security zone and unsafe sailing in the East River near the Queen Mary 2 luxury liner, the Coast Guard and New York City Police Department announced Friday.

The man in the replica vessel was identified as 35-year-old Philip “Duke” Riley from Brooklyn, N.Y., according to Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer Seth Johnson.

Authorities said it was the second time Riley floated the vessel in the vicinity of the cruise ship. The submarine, which reportedly did not have a mechanical propulsion system, was being towed by two other men in a rowboat.

ABC News: NYC Man Cited for 1775 Submarine – Link.

Duke’s site here!

Here are some more photos of the “Turtle”…

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Another working Turtle replica, created in 1993 at Handshouse Studio.
(Photo: Cary Wolinski)


NY Times photos here – Link.
NY Times article – Link.
Flickr photos here – Link.

16 thoughts on “NYC Maker makes 1775 submarine – gets cited by US Coast Guard

  1. rdarlington says:

    I guess this guy has been living in a cave since 9/11. Not too bright.

  2. philliptorrone says:

    @rdarlington – pushing what is acceptable, allowed, legal and sometimes reasonable is what artists do :)

  3. gear_head says:

    The fact that this was his second citation for the same offense indicates to me that this guy is less of an artist and more of an a-hole. Phillip, why do you always respond with a defensive comment when people criticize the ‘artist’ in question? This guy was a tool for floating that thing so close to the QM2 and in NYC of all places, c’mon.

  4. JoeRowley says:

    He was on CNN too.

  5. philliptorrone says:

    @gear_head – i didn’t defend him, i pointed out what artist’s tend to do, there’s no stopping them!

  6. rdarlington says:

    Evidently he was stopped. Hopefully the fine will knock some sense into him.

  7. Village_Idiot says:

    Shouldn’t they have cited the guys in the rowboat, seeing as how they were the ones actively entering the “security area?”

    People doing unusual things should take into consideration that most of the population, especially in major cities, is skittish and paranoid and fearful just like it’s told to be and that anything unfamilliar or not fitting into the slick and seamless paradigm of modern styling or packaging will find itself getting poked at by spear-wielding natives who see the boogeyman du jour everywhere. Lunatics do exist, but living in fear of them is a defeat. I’m not saying don’t take a second look at something odd in the water, but there’s no need for all the noise about this non-incident other than to inhibit others from engaging in non-mainstream behavior.

    You must never let the villagers know of your monster, for they will surely gather pitchforks and torches and soon appear at your door!

  8. -soapy- says:

    where does it say he was cited for a second time? I think you are just making that up, since it would seem to bolster your rather shaky “Ask or beg permission first” stance.

    If you let the terrorists win that way, what point is there is having a war against them? You must try to get out more!

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