Because of the way it was deployed, the structure Sealand is constructed atop is technically a very big sunken ship. It was erected on a pontoon barge at Red Lion Wharf in 1942 as a superstructure of two hollow concrete towers topped with a deck, upon which further buildings might be added. The entire complex is about the size of a city block.
How deep is it? Deep enough so that a small submarine could dive beneath it. The maximum depth achieved by Seawolf was 20 meters or 65 feet, which isn't very deep. But what is unique about Seawolf is not only its depth but also its purpose - as a secret military base. Sealand's owner, Lord Harries of Pentregarth, had plans to attract civilian tourists to his island resort, and so needed a vessel able to withstand harsh weather conditions while still providing a comfortable diving experience for visitors. He found just the thing in Germany, where hundreds of World War II battle tanks were being dismantled after the war had ended. Harries bought the tanks and shipped them to Europe, where he put them together into what would become known as "Seawolf".
There are rumors that Seawolf was involved in top-secret government projects before being sold to Harries. Although this is not confirmed, it does explain why there was no money made off of selling Sealand - since it was never actually used for its intended purpose.
Sealand is a self-proclaimed country in the North Sea, around 12 kilometers off the coast of Suffolk. Roughs Tower is a building in Sealand. The British Royal Navy erected it in the water, and it later became Sealand. It is now used as a museum.
Sealand was founded in 2004 by Lyndon LaRouche, who claims that he is the former leader of the political party the New Party (NP). They did not exist when he says they did. Instead, he created them by writing his own rules for an election. When people were willing to play by those rules, he would grant them citizenship. He has since granted citizenship to more than 900 people from 50 countries, including several members of the British royal family.
LaRouche has also claimed that he can lower the temperature in Antarctica using magnetic waves, which would destroy all evidence of global warming. This idea has been criticized by scientists who say it's not possible and would be very dangerous if it could be done intentionally. There are no reports that anyone else has been able to do this so far.
The NP has only one seat in the United States Congress, which Lyndon LaRouche occupies with his wife. She does not vote on any issues before the election, but rather serves as a placeholder until another member can be elected.
For more than 50 years, it was considered that the Navy SEALs originated with World War II's Naval Combat Demolition Units (NCDUs) and Underwater Demolition Teams (UDTs). In actuality, the Navy's special warfare activities began with the Amphibious Scouts and Raiders in August 1942. These were naval officers who could be dropped into amphibious ships at sea to find out what was happening ashore and report their findings back to commanders on land. They used their knowledge of the terrain and enemy defenses to help select the best landing sites and provide fire support for troops on the ground.
The first official mention of "SEAL" as an acronym is found in a letter from Admiral Raymond A. Spruance, commander-in-chief of the Pacific Fleet, to Chief of Naval Operations William D. Leahy on July 2, 1943. In this letter, he mentions a group of special naval operatives that he believes should be given commando-type missions behind enemy lines. The admiral names these special men "SEAL" after their special skills - swimmer, diver, underwater hunter, and littlerman. He writes: "I believe this type of operation should be led by men who are capable of planning and executing difficult missions behind the enemy's lines."