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Recreational submarining

This vessel would defy even the likes of Q, the ingenious inventor of special gadgets in the James Bond films.

East Hampton, N.Y., resident John Re’s 42-foot submarine is no longer equipped for diving, but works perfectly well as a luxury houseboat, complete with olive green shag carpeting and a big-screen TV, according to an article in The New York Times.

Christened “Deep Quest,” it is not an unusual sight for residents around Greenport, N.Y., to see Re puttering his black steel vessel around the harbor, complete with an American flag emblazoned on the back and a (non-functioning) 50-caliber automatic weapon mounted on the front.

Re, 47, is a Navy aficionado who spent the last three years renovating this retired deep-sea search-and-rescue sub. He found it on an eBay auction, rusting away on a back lot at Universal Studios in California, with the inside gutted, according to the article. Built in 1967, in its heyday it was used by the Navy for salvage work, seafloor surveys and mapping, and even helped photograph the Titanic before being decommissioned in 1980.

Nowadays, Re takes it out on daytrips with his family, barbecuing on the lower platform, according to the article.

“It’s got to be the first sub with a working barbecue on deck,” said Re in the article.

- Elizabeth Ellis