The last U-boat to be sunk in WW2 is in need of a new home. The Historic Warships Trust in Birkenhead docks went into administration last year and the ships have been looking for new homes. U534 is currently stranded on the dockside whist discussions are held about it's future. It can't stay where it is because the warehouse next door is being converted to luxury apartments and an historic U-boat does not fit in. It may possibly have been purchased by the Mersey Ferry company and be moved to the ferry terminal at Birkenhead Woodside.
U534 was the last U-boat to leave Germany at the end of the second world war and was sunk by Liberators of 86 Squadron in the Baltic.
On discovering the wreck over 40 years later, rumours began circulating that as U534 had been the last U-boat to leave Germany she possibly had Nazi leaders secretly hidden onboard. At very least the boat was surely loaded up with gold or other precious cargo. A wealthy Danish publisher, Karsten Ree, decided to get involved with U534 and he mounted a project to raise the U-boat from the ocean depths.
It was eventually raised in August 1993, no gold only the remains of stores and equipment. following a time spent in dry dock it was transferred to Birkenhead on the River Mersey close to the headquarters of the Western Approaches during WWII from where the Battle of the Atlantic was fought.
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