Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Would You Believe It? A Submarine on Kingsley Lake

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Would You Believe It? A Submarine on Kingsley Lake

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Byline: Anne Sponholtz

Sometimes we get second chances. You may remember a column I did some weeks ago about not having my camera with me while at the beach when a U.S. submarine went by. How awful was that? The column prompted a response and invitation to visit Kingsley Lake, where I was promised I could take a picture of - would you believe - a submarine. A submarine on Kingsley Lake? This I had to see.

Kingsley Lake is one of Clay County's jewels. Unlike the lakes to the south of Kingsley, it has not turned into a puddle. Although this past summer, swimmers may have had to go out deeper to swim, they still could swim in the lake. Boaters still skim across the water, skiers ski and anglers fish. The lake is almost perfectly round. And it is deep.

Beautiful, well-kept homes occupy one side of the lake, sharing the shores with Camp Blanding. Long time "Clay Countians" likely spent many a summer at Kingsley Lake when Strickland's Landing was the place to go for a day of swimming and entertainment. Some time ago Strickland's Landing closed. Today a few picnic tables are still scattered beneath the trees, along with piles of the remains from the buildings that have been demolished.

As I drove through this setting down a winding road toward the lake, it seemed almost out of place to discover, at the road's end where the boat ramp is located, a gorgeous white boat trimmed in black tied to the dock. It was even more unusual to realize this was no ordinary boat. It was a submarine, described officially as the Marion Hyper-Sub, a product of Marion Hyper-Submersible Powerboat Design LLC.

Yes, not only does the Marion Hyper-Sub submerge, it can also travel across the top of the water with predicted speeds of 35 knots. President and CEO of the operation, Reynolds Marion, along with his crew, has been conducting some serious testing of the Hyper-Sub at Kingsley Lake, which will result in bringing what Marion describes as "the first true mini-sub" into production mode. …

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