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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 was devastating.

The key to locating and targetting them was 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 in Britain was bombed they wanted a 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 a site that was less than military, but actually would have been accepted 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 they found themselves stumbling on a twilight-zone-like situation where this underground activity

 

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