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Sir Henry Pellatt:

 

King of Casa Loma

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ASDIC

During the Second World War the stables and carriage houses were used by Corman Engineering Ltd. of Toronto to assemble ASDIC, the sonic apparatus used by ships to detect submarines.The effects of German U-boats which had been  picking off Allied ships had been devastating and they had to have some way to track and target the subs.

The key to locating and targetting the submarines was a rather crude radar devices which picked up the presence of the submarines and the approximate locations of the underwater craft.

When the factory putting the sonar devices together in Britain was bombed they needed to establish an assembly sight outside of the line of fire. The engineer who supervised the selection said they had to find a place that would not raise attention, and they came up with one that was less than military, but actually would have been supported by Sir Henry.

Business went on as usual at the castle during the day except that a number of the tourists wandered down to the basement and went through the tunnel which had been blocked off for repairs and was curiously enough, guarded.

People who worked there could not tell their families what they were doing and when some neighbourhood children broke into the stables expecting a wild romp, instead they found themselves stumbling on a twilight-zone-like situation and apparently after questioning were sent on their way.

 

 

 

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