German Midget Subs to Blockade Great Lakes’ Ports by William A. Kennedy

Author’s Note: I have always been interested in history and especially in stories that go beyond what we were taught in school. History is even more interesting to me when it involves where I grew up in northern Ohio. The story below is one that I ran across while on a business trip years ago and I’d like to share this excerpt with you…

“…while combing through war records confiscated at the end of War World II, Lawrence Butterfield, British Royal Navy Archivist, discovered that the Kriegsmarine (Nazi Germany’s Navy) planned to deploy midget submarines into the Great Lakes to blockade ports near the end of the war. As audacious as this plan may sound, the Germans planned to attach the midget submarines to the hulls of cargo ships traveling through the St. Lawrence Seaway and once into the Great Lakes the subs would detach and proceed to their designated port assignments. “If this plan had succeeded, it would have had a devastating effect on war morale and the allied supply lines,” according to Rear Admiral (retired), George St. Johns, of the British Royal Navy. This is exactly what the Kriegsmarine had attempted to do throughout the war with its U-boat attacks of Allied supply lines in the Atlantic…”

The article went on to say, “the plan detailed the ports that would be blockaded by the midget submarines throughout the Great Lakes…In Lake Erie, the ports to be blockaded were Buffalo, Cleveland, Toledo, Sandusky, and Lorain.” The Port of Lorain would be blockaded because of its ship building and steel manufacturing capabilities. The plan went as far as naming the midget submarines assigned to each port. The Port of Cleveland would be blockaded with three midget submarines – Delphin (Dolphin), Molch (Newt) and Biber (Beaver). The Port of Toledo would be blockaded by two midget submarines – Hecht (Pike) and Seehund (Seal). While one midget submarine each would be assigned to the Ports of Sandusky and Lorain – Seeteufel (Sea Devil) and Sloof Lirpa (April Fools).

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William A. Kennedy is a freelance writer and an experienced business development consultant.  When he isn’t dabbling in writing April Fool’s jokes, William Kennedy is the President and CEO of Kennedy Technical Consulting Services, LLC, which is headquartered in Arlington, VA.  Bill Kennedy is also an aspiring endurance athlete and avid world traveler.

Gore Orphanage – The Movie

If you are from the Lorain County, Ohio area, you are likely well acquainted with the urban legend of the Gore Orphanage in Birmingham Township, near Mill Hollow. People visiting the site at night have heard the screams of children ghosts from the Gore Orphanage. Last year, Cody Knotts, an Executive Producer, and his wife, Emily Lapisardi, a historical actress and Director of this movie, passed Gore Orphanage road while driving to Detroit. The name intrigued them enough to do some research and that’s where they discovered the urban legend surrounding the orphanage. Thus, the horror movie “Gore Orphanage” was born.

The movie, “Gore Orphanage” is based on the haunted site and “…is a period piece that is more about the mood than overt gore…” according to a recent article in the Lorain Morning Journal. The movie is set in 1934 and will follow a young girl named Nellie, who is sent to the Gore Orphanage following the death of her family. She makes friends of Esther and Buddy, but the trio also must deal with Mrs. Pryor, the keeper of the orphanage. Actress Maria Olsen, who has appeared in “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief,” plays Mrs. Pryor. Olsen described the character as very lonely and trying to figure out what is wrong with her life as she takes her frustration out on the children. The movie was filmed almost entirely at the Scottdale home known as Graystone Manor outside Pittsburgh.

If you are interested in learning more about the movie, there is a “Gore Orphanage” Facebook page that gives you details on the movie. On the page, you can view the first trailer, order a “Gore Orphanage” t-shirt, and/or pre-order the movie on Blu-Ray/DVD. With your Blu-Ray/DVD order, you will receive a free ticket to the Sandusky/Lorain premiere. You will also learn that the movie recently won the “Most Anticipated Film of 2015″ at the Horror Society’s annual ceremony in February.

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William A. Kennedy is a freelance writer and an experienced business development consultant.  When he isn’t dabbling in writing, William Kennedy is the President and CEO of Kennedy Technical Consulting Services, LLC, which is headquartered in Arlington, VA.  Bill Kennedy is also an aspiring endurance athlete and avid world traveler.

“The Bronze” Debuts at Sundance Film Festival

On January 22, 2015, “The Bronze” will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival’s opening night. The film festival is one of the largest events of its kind in America and draws over 50,000 movie enthusiasts to Utah each year. So if the word hasn’t gotten out about how great Amherst, Ohio is as a filming location or as just a great place to live, it soon will be at the festival and later in 2015 thru an anticipated worldwide release of this film. Rumor has it that the movie may also be shown at the Amherst Cinema as part of the film’s release.

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Recently, a film crew was spotted outside of the Captain’s Club grabbing a few evening shots for the film. Along with the Captain’s Club, Cedar Pub and Ziggy’s Pub (Picture courtesy of sidewalkschalk.com), pictured to the left, were involved in the filming too. Other filming locations in and around Amherst included Hastee Tastee, Marion L. Steele High School, and a home on Brandt Avenue as well as the Pikewood Manor in Elyria and some gymnastics scenes shot at the Sokol Ceska Sin in Cleveland.

The movie is about a former gymnastics’ hero, who won an Olympic bronze medal and now finds herself living in her small hometown, washed-up and bitter. She is forced to reevaluate her life when a promising young gymnast threatens her local celebrity status.

“The Bronze” is directed by Bryan Buckley and written by Melissa Rauch and Winston Rauch. Along with Melissa Rauch, the movie stars Gary Cole, Thomas Middleditch, Sebastian Stan, Cecily Strong, and Haley Lu Richardson. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions acquired the rights for this movie in July 2014.

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Bill Kennedy is a freelance writer and an experienced business development consultant.  When he isn’t dabbling in writing, William A. Kennedy is the President and CEO of Kennedy Technical Consulting Services, LLC, which is headquartered in Arlington, VA.  William Allen Kennedy is also an aspiring endurance athlete and avid world traveler.