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4. The Philadelphia Experiment
and Other Folklore
Did Tesla have anything to do with an item of folklore called "The Philadelphia Experiment?" This sci-fi fantasy, widely circulated as serious history, tells of a Navy experiment in making warships invisible. The experiment went haywire, goes the story, dematerializing a vessel in Philadelphia only to have it rematerialize, crew and all, in Norfolk. The Philadelphia Experiment has become a major fixture in the Tesla Mystique. "Tesla technology" is vaguely imputed to the phenomenon, and the story (evidently a tavern yarn that got into book and out of control) has Tesla on board as a technical participant.
The story is set in the year 1944. However, Tesla died in 1943 (January). A review by the Department of Naval Research found no evidence to support the tale, and an independent military historian has searched in vain in all imaginable Navel records for any clue that would corroborate this incredible event (see footnote).
Originally posted by blackthorne
funny, just read a novel on this the other day called the ship of the damned. even though this is a novel and fictionalized, in the preface, the author did note that albert einstein and nikola tesla did work for the navy for almost a year during this time. makes you wonder!?