“A specific form of ubiquity is the misreality that swarms around us. It consists of the great body of information that we ingest daily that is slanted, false or so subtly transformed that we don’t think to question it.” Jason B. Ohler
The British press would not miss any occasion to peddle myths, even those that have been repeatedly and authoritatively debunked during the Gaul public inquiries.
Publishing an obituary in its 23rd of June edition, The Scotsman thought it appropriate to use that somber occasion in order to breathe new life into the Gaul spy ship tale:
“It was at this time, February 1974 at the height of the Cold War that the FV Gaul, a fishing factory ship, mysteriously vanished with 36 crew on board on the night of 8-9 February in the Barents Sea. This was the very area the Explorer operated in. Ian believed the Soviets knew spying was going on but mistook the Gaul for the spy ship and sunk it. The full report into the sinking is still secret.”
Examination of wreck has produced no evidence whatsoever to show that the Gaul had been deliberately sunk. The full report into the sinking is and has been public since 2004, of course.