It is 75 years since the so called "surgeons' photo" appeared in the press so a repeat of the details of the background to the story of it being a hoax are below.
. Few believed that such a respected doctor could be party to a deception.But in 1994, 60 years after the photo was first published, newspapers around the world reported the claim that the "surgeon's photo" was a fake, part of an elaborate plot to dupe the Daily Mail. The man who broke the story was Alastair Boyd, , a friend of Boyd's named David Martin discovered an old newspaper clipping in which Ian Wetherell (the son of Marmaduke Wetherell of hippo foot fame) claimed the surgeon's photo was a hoax. The article had attracted little attention when it was published in 1975, but two details caught Boyd's eye.The First,was that Wetherell said the plot had involved a man named Maurice Chambers the man that Dr. Wilson said he had driven up from London to visit in 1934. Secondly, Wetherell mentioned that the surgeon's photograph included the scenery of Loch Ness in the background.The now familiar surgeon’s photo of Nessie photo includes only the protruding neck and the water around it. Boyd said that the original photo had included a bit of the far shoreline in the background, because he had discovered the uncropped version in the late '80s. But that full photo had been published only once, in 1934. So how could Wetherell have known this detail? "Either he had a very long memory, or he took the picture," Boyd says.
Not everyone accepts this story. American journalist Richard Smith, for example, notes that toy experts question whether the toy submarines of the 1930s could have performed as described, and he wonders why Boyd waited until after Spurling's death to reveal his confession. Most people now believe the surgeon's photo was yet another Loch Ness hoax.
I am not convinced about the story of the hoax as I am not sure that the model would have floated as described and what is the explanation for the rings around the model?
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