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diemax
04-15-2007, 07:07 PM
I saw this display at the Canadian War Musuem and figured I'd share the story with you folks.

Here is the text of the story.
http://uboat.net/ops/weather_stations.htm

The amazing part is that the secret uboat weather station was on Canada's coast undiscovered till 1980.

What the story doesnt mention... but you can see at the display itself; is that the Germans disguised the station by painting labels/signs in english identifying it as a Canadian Meteorological Society apparatus.

I guess no one who saw this contraption doubted its origin. Amazing... 35 years after the war and it was still sitting there largely intact.

TooFastForLove.
04-15-2007, 07:50 PM
That is very interesting. The purpose of this was I guess to measure the weather in the area. I'm curious as to why (especially in that area) would that be particularly useful information, and secondly if it would be able to transmit all the way back to Europe?

diemax
04-15-2007, 08:18 PM
There was a write up at the display.

If I recall correctly... the purpose was to provide weather conditions to U-boats operating in the area.

Heres what I found on the net that explains their use :

" The U-boats' operations had to be planned carefully and were in part dependent on weather conditions. In order to get the best data about weather systems approaching from the west, the Nazis devised an elaborate network of 21 automated weather stations that were to be installed in secret locations all across the North Atlantic, from Norway to Greenland to Canada. The stations, designed by Siemens (a German company that still makes electronics and appliances), collected readings of temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, wind direction, and wind velocity. They translated this data into Morse code and broadcast it, every few hours or so, via shortwave."


And heres what I found regarding range :

"Once installed as designed, the station would broadcast a coded weathergram at three-hour intervals. To accomplish this, a sophisticated contact drum or Graw's diaphragm (named after a certain Dr. Graw, then of Berlin) would transcribe the observed values for temperature, humidity, air pressure, wind speed and wind direction into Morse symbols. These were then keyed on 3940 kHz to receiving stations in northern Europe. Transmission time for the whole weathergram, including one minute for warming up, did not exceed 120 seconds."

geoffwessex
04-15-2007, 08:25 PM
If you have Google Earth, put
"Martin Bay, Labrador" in the search box - it takes you straight to a label marked "Nazi Weather Station" on Labrador!

diemax
04-15-2007, 10:08 PM
Thanks... I checked google earth.

No wonder it stayed secret.... that is the deadlands. Nothing up there at all.

Heres a wikki link that google earth listed :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weather_Station_Kurt

Makes you wonder.... what other secret wartime installations are still out there rotting away in secluded unpopulated areas still undiscovered.

Messervy
04-15-2007, 10:23 PM
No wonder no one found it.
It`s as far from St. John as Moscow is from Berlin. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif