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VikingGrandad
06-27-2006, 03:42 PM
I'm struggling to find any new information about the future of U-534. Worryingly, it's all gone very quiet http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Whilst trawling the web looking for news, I did find some good photos that someone had taken of their visit a few years ago. Some of these are unique because, when I visited, no photographs were allowed inside the boat.

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/VikingG/df6e0686.jpg

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/VikingG/7951f7a4.jpg

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/VikingG/cc2c851b.jpg

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/VikingG/7889a4b0.jpg

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/VikingG/865ccf70.jpg

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/VikingG/eafbe308.jpg

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/VikingG/fec4f7e5.jpg

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/VikingG/a07ed594.jpg

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/VikingG/64a7b4f5.jpg

And here is one recent photo I found of U-534 on the way to her temporary new home (a short distance further up the dock) :

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c188/VikingG/da57711c.jpg

Realjambo
06-27-2006, 03:56 PM
Wow http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

Good one VG. It's hard to imagine that dedicated men worked so hard in that boat to look at it now. I wouldn't like to spend a night alone in there!

hueywolf123
06-27-2006, 05:18 PM
VG, looks like it was almost dinner time when disaster struck, (check the galley pic stove gridle plates turned on).
Surely this is worth preserving, lets put the hat around

VikingGrandad
06-27-2006, 05:51 PM
Originally posted by Realjambo:
Wow http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

Good one VG. It's hard to imagine that dedicated men worked so hard in that boat to look at it now. I wouldn't like to spend a night alone in there!

It's hard to believe, but the photos make the damage look worse than it is (not much, mind you!). On the floor of the galley, there are black and white chequer-pattern ceramic floor tiles, all still firmly in place. A testament to German workmanship! Also, in one compartment (the radio room I think), the upper part of the wooden panelling on the ceiling looks almost new, with its varnish coating still on.... There had apparently been an air-pocket in the submerged wreck. It was odd to see this glimpse of the boat as the crew would have seen it.

VikingGrandad
06-27-2006, 05:58 PM
Originally posted by hueywolf123:
VG, looks like it was almost dinner time when disaster struck, (check the galley pic stove gridle plates turned on).
Surely this is worth preserving, lets put the hat around

Possibly, but I have to say that I recall the tour guide turning the stove's gas controls when he was telling us about the cook's role on the boat... Incidentally, there was also a fridge/freezer and an industrial-size food mixer in the galley!

Please feel free to sign the petition if you would like to do your bit to save U-534 http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

hueywolf123
06-27-2006, 06:40 PM
VG, signed just then. Amazing pics though, you can almost feel the crew still there.

Celeon999
06-28-2006, 02:41 AM
Great pics http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Looks very "Silent Hill" style inside

WilhelmSchulz.
06-28-2006, 02:46 AM
Hope she survives. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Its dusturbing to see what real "Wabos" could do. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

BTW: Where was she sunk?

Goosen83
06-28-2006, 03:03 AM
Here is a little map of it.
http://uboat.net/maps/kattegat.htm
I remember the publicity it received when it was raised. The owner of a paper in which you sell and buy things (Den Bl√¬• Avis) financed it and for a while it sat on the ground in Gren√¬•, Denmark while somebody tried to decide what to do with it. I think the boss decided it was to expensive to keep going with it since his real interest is racing (got his own team at Le Man as far as I'm informed).

Celeon999
06-28-2006, 05:50 AM
Celeon has some pics from its raising by......the Oranjes......yes its true http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/bigtears.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


Only found these very small ones http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif


http://img455.imageshack.us/img455/3120/breakingthewaves14vu.jpg http://img455.imageshack.us/img455/6897/breakingthewaves21bp.jpg

http://img235.imageshack.us/img235/6190/breakingthewaves35dp.jpg http://img455.imageshack.us/img455/2615/barge016km.jpg


http://img235.imageshack.us/img235/8126/barge024we.jpg http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/4972/barge033ix.jpg

http://img235.imageshack.us/img235/3626/ammocleaning005ib.jpg


He is even wearing orange clothes http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

I bet there is "Hup Holland Hup" written somewhere on it http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

http://img399.imageshack.us/img399/9513/ammocleaning019lw.jpg

http://img399.imageshack.us/img399/6923/clearingmud4zt.jpg http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/6717/deck014jf.jpg

http://img70.imageshack.us/img70/2038/deck026wg.jpg http://img501.imageshack.us/img501/2002/deck034vy.jpg

http://img396.imageshack.us/img396/9990/u53420to20hirtshals9ka.jpg

One of the first interior shots right after raising !


http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/2011/ttubesaft016st.jpg



Removed torpedoes from U-534 get detonated !

http://img519.imageshack.us/img519/2875/explo4pb.jpg

WilhelmSchulz.
06-28-2006, 06:10 AM
I would of seen if they could still fire! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif

Suprised they worked at all after 60 someodd years submerged and flooded. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

Goosen83
06-28-2006, 08:12 AM
@Schulz
You dont need to have a working torpedo to detonate it. The one thing you dont do with something like that, having been in the water for many years, is trying to move it. You dont know what damage corrosion etc has done to them so you detonate them in place. That is done by applying more explosives (probably on or around the weapon) and then detonating. It doesnt take much force to set if off. Better having them go off at sea than risk them setting off during transport or leaving them behind for divers to find.

WilhelmSchulz.
06-28-2006, 10:07 AM
But they had to get them out of the U-Boat somehow. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

Goosen83
06-28-2006, 11:10 AM
Yeah, I wondered a bit about that as well http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif . Not much space to handle those, especially when you have to be extra careful.

AVGWarhawk
06-28-2006, 02:12 PM
The boat is in some serious disrepair. Almost to the point that it will be covered in a tar like sustance just to preserve what they have. I do not suspect they will rebuild this boat. I hope I'm wrong. I would like to see it returned to what it once was.

cpt_Alex2006
06-28-2006, 02:21 PM
Chances are the bangs are the demolition charges, not discounting out of hand but sea water at depth will find a way in.

I went years ago before they let you get too cloes, will have to make a return visit.

VikingGrandad
06-28-2006, 04:22 PM
Originally posted by Celeon999:
Celeon has some pics from its raising by......the Oranjes......yes its true http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/bigtears.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


Did you find your pictures at this site?

http://www.u534.coolfreepages.com/

I hadn't seen this site before. There are LOADS of photos, all taken by one of the Dutch guys from the salvage team.

From reading the notes, it would seem that they dealt with the torpedoes by:

1. Opening the tube's inner and outer doors
2. From the outside, pushing the torpedoes backwards in the tube (with the help of the U-boat's torpedo-loading equipment), until it was far enough out to detatch the main torpedo body from the warhead
3. Pushing the warhead back into the tube, until it could be retrieved outside and taken away to be destroyed

Goosen83
06-28-2006, 06:02 PM
Originally posted by cpt_Alex2006:
Chances are the bangs are the demolition charges, not discounting out of hand but sea water at depth will find a way in.


Exactly my point http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

hueywolf123
06-28-2006, 07:30 PM
For details of what happened to this boat,
U-534 (http://uboat.net/boats/u534.htm)
Follow this link.
At least this boat is not an actual war grave

VikingGrandad
06-29-2006, 12:54 AM
For those of you who weren't here at the time, I wrote a more detailed account of U-534's story on the forum after I visited her last summer:

- My U-534 photos (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/857101043/m/1001009733/p/1)

- The story, based on the guidebook and what I was told during the tour (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/857101043/m/1001009733/r/9771079833#9771079833)

I have read somewhere on the web, since I wrote the above, that Captain Nollau did not commit suicide.

Celeon999
06-29-2006, 01:26 AM
Originally posted by VikingGrandad:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Celeon999:
Celeon has some pics from its raising by......the Oranjes......yes its true http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/bigtears.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


Did you find your pictures at this site?

http://www.u534.coolfreepages.com/

I hadn't seen this site before. There are LOADS of photos, all taken by one of the Dutch guys from the salvage team.

From reading the notes, it would seem that they dealt with the torpedoes by:

1. Opening the tube's inner and outer doors
2. From the outside, pushing the torpedoes backwards in the tube (with the help of the U-boat's torpedo-loading equipment), until it was far enough out to detatch the main torpedo body from the warhead
3. Pushing the warhead back into the tube, until it could be retrieved outside and taken away to be destroyed </div></BLOCKQUOTE>



Yes that was the site. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Ive downloaded the pics from there a long time ago and now couldnt remember the name of the website anymore.


Now ive bookmarked it http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I just realized that it was denmark who raised it not the Oranjes http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif



Have you seen the magnetic pistols of the torpedoes ?

They were in a very good condition http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

Propably still able to trigger the torps without problems

VikingGrandad
06-29-2006, 01:45 AM
Originally posted by Celeon999:
I just realized that it was denmark who raised it not the Oranjes http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif


Have you seen the magnetic pistols of the torpedoes ?

They were in a very good condition http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

Propably still able to trigger the torps without problems

No - you were right first time Celeon - it was the Dutch company who did the salvage work on behalf of the Danish. The guy who took the photos was indeed 'Orange' http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

It's amazing how many items survived so well, including clothing, footwear and the mysterious 'secret' documents (I hope these are made public one day).

Celeon999
06-29-2006, 02:14 AM
Originally posted by VikingGrandad:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Celeon999:
I just realized that it was denmark who raised it not the Oranjes http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif


Have you seen the magnetic pistols of the torpedoes ?

They were in a very good condition http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

Propably still able to trigger the torps without problems

No - you were right first time Celeon - it was the Dutch company who did the salvage work on behalf of the Danish. The guy who took the photos was indeed 'Orange' http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

It's amazing how many items survived so well, including clothing, footwear and the mysterious 'secret' documents (I hope these are made public one day). </div></BLOCKQUOTE>



It were the Oranjes ? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif .... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/bigtears.gif


Luckily there was no WC or EC at the time of the raising.... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif



mysterious 'secret' documents

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif

EFileTahi-A
06-29-2006, 02:40 AM
Very nice photos. I read the full story of U-534. Amazing story. Thaks for sharing it