Icelandic lobster fishermen got something highly unusual in their trawl last week: reels of films which may include a movie dating back to World War II, RÚV reports.
The lobster boat Fróði was fishing in Faxaflói, 20 nautical miles southwest of Snæfellsjökull glacier on Saturday when they noticed they had caught reels of films in their fishing net. They took them to experts at the National Film Archive of Iceland to have them examined.
“This is so curious. Nothing like this has ever entered the archive: films from the ocean! This is the first time in the 35 history of the archive that it happens,” commented Erlendur Sveinsson, director of the archive.
A close examination of one of the frames revealed three men wearing white shirts.
Erlingur is certain they have found a black and white movie. He believes it could date back to World War II, or possibly as late as 1950.
In 1942, the US Coast Guard cutter Alexander Hamilton was sunk by a German submarine, and the wreck has remained on the ocean floor in Faxaflói, somewhat farther south than the films were found. The torpedo claimed 26 lives.
Erlingur plans to examine the films more closely in order to find out where they came from.