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Court: 'K-19: The Widowmaker' sub must be removed from river

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/26/2017
FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2016 file photo, rusting remnants of an old Russian submarine, used as a set for a Harrison Ford movie and as a floating museum until sinking during a 2007 nor'easter, sits rusting in a scrapyard in the Providence River in Providence, R.I. State environmental officials sued to have the sub and several other vessels removed from the river. A state superior court judge ordered Rhode Island Recycled Metals LLC in December to begin removing the vessels from the river. The permitting process is underway. (AP Photo/Jennifer McDermott, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2016 file photo, rusting remnants of an old Russian submarine, used as a set for a Harrison Ford movie and as a floating museum until sinking during a 2007 nor'easter, sits rusting in a scrapyard in the Providence River in Providence, R.I. State environmental officials sued to have the sub and several other vessels removed from the river. A state superior court judge ordered Rhode Island Recycled Metals LLC in December to begin removing the vessels from the river. The permitting process is underway. (AP Photo/Jennifer McDermott, File)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island court has ordered a scrapyard to remove the remnants of a Russian submarine once used as a set for a Harrison Ford movie from the Providence River.

The hull of the submarine, known as Juliett 484, rests mere feet from shore in the city.

After the Cold War, the sub was sold and used as a restaurant and vodka bar and as a set for "K-19: The Widowmaker." Then it became a floating museum. It sank during a nor'easter in 2007 and was sold for scrap.

State environmental officials sued to get it and several other vessels removed.

A Superior Court judge ordered Rhode Island Recycled Metals LLC in December to begin removing vessels from the river, adjacent to its scrapyard.

The permitting process is underway now.

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