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VikingGrandad
06-27-2007, 02:37 PM
<span class="ev_code_YELLOW">[EDIT - SEE MY POST AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE FOR DETAILS OF THE PETITION]</span>

At long last, the wreck of U-534 has been given a new home! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/partyhat.gif

Maybe the petition to save her from the scrap heap, which many of us signed, did some good in the end http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I caught the announcement on the local TV news, and found this article on the BBC website:


from the BBC website:
U-boat to resurface as attraction

A new tourist attraction is to surface at a Wirral ferry terminal.

The World War II German U-boat was formerly a star attraction at the Historic Warships Museum at Seacombe docks near Birkenhead.

Merseytravel, the local transport consortium, has bought the U-534 sub and it will sit at the Woodside Ferry Terminal as a tourist attraction.

The museum was closed down after nearby warehouses were redeveloped and the land was needed for parking space.

Plans submitted to Wirral Council include the provision of a visitor exhibition centre, which will include artefacts from the submarine along with its history.

Neil Scales, chief executive of Merseytravel, said: "We'll make a trip on the Mersey Ferries an even more memorable experience for the ever-increasing number of visitors to Merseyside.

"Our scheme will also complement the wider regeneration of the Woodside development."

The boat will be cut into three sections so a floating crane can take it to its new site across the water.

The submarine was sunk during the war when, on her way to Norway, she was attacked by an RAF Liberator aircraft in 1945.

The vessel took heavy damage and began to sink by the stern.

Forty-nine of the 52 crew members survived, including five who escaped via a torpedo hatch as the submarine lay on the sea bed.

At Woodside huge glass panels installed over the end of each section will allow visitors to see inside the submarine from specially-built viewing platforms.

It is thought work will start to move the vessel in September.

In honour of this good news, I present some photos from my U-534 collection http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

From my visit 2 years ago:

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/VikingG/01-1.jpg

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/VikingG/04-1.jpg

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/VikingG/02-1.jpg

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/VikingG/03-1.jpg

The fatal depth charge damage:
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/VikingG/06-1.jpg

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/VikingG/07-1.jpg

The moment before I descended into the boat...
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/VikingG/08-1.jpg

This is what a U-boat wreck looks like on the inside... (the tour took us inside the boat from stern to bow, but we weren't permitted to take photos in there. I found these on the web)

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/VikingG/DSC_0067.jpg

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/VikingG/DSC_0058.jpg

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/VikingG/DSC_0056.jpg

Let's pray the move goes well, and that the new museum proves to be a success.

I can't wait to visit her again! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif