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U534 reborn


Two years ago I posted an image of U534 looking forlorn and rusted on the quayside of the East Float in Birkenhead following the collapse of the Historic Warships Trust.

Two year later and Merseytravel has bought the U-Boat and moved it to Birkenhead Woodside to make a tourist attraction out of it. The boat has been cut into three parts to allow visual access to the interior anda small museum and shop has been built alongside it. Given that the option was for it to have been scrapped then we seem to have ended up with a reasonable compromise. The exterior of the boat has been apinted and glass screens erected at each of the cut ends with information boards to show just what can be seen.

U534 was the last U-Boat to be sunk in WWII by Liberators of 86 Squadron in the Baltic. Admiral Doenitz ordered all U-Boats to surafce and hoist Balck Balls to indicate surrender but U534 and two others did not do so. They tried to make a run for it but did not succeed. U534 was eventually raised in August 1993 before finding it's way to Birkenhead.

U534 reborn


Two years ago I posted an image of U534 looking forlorn and rusted on the quayside of the East Float in Birkenhead following the collapse of the Historic Warships Trust.

Two year later and Merseytravel has bought the U-Boat and moved it to Birkenhead Woodside to make a tourist attraction out of it. The boat has been cut into three parts to allow visual access to the interior anda small museum and shop has been built alongside it. Given that the option was for it to have been scrapped then we seem to have ended up with a reasonable compromise. The exterior of the boat has been apinted and glass screens erected at each of the cut ends with information boards to show just what can be seen.

U534 was the last U-Boat to be sunk in WWII by Liberators of 86 Squadron in the Baltic. Admiral Doenitz ordered all U-Boats to surafce and hoist Balck Balls to indicate surrender but U534 and two others did not do so. They tried to make a run for it but did not succeed. U534 was eventually raised in August 1993 before finding it's way to Birkenhead.

comments (7)

  • zed
  • Australia
  • 11 Jun 2009, 07:12
very dramatic presentation Les. Interesting history and l am glad it has been saved in some form at least
Les Auld: The only way that I could find not to include the surroundings Zed, thanks for the comment.
I like ships that are designed to sinksmile Although I prefer O-Boat to U-Boatwink
Les Auld: Thanks Nigel, appreciate the comment.
Great to see this being saved. Nice close-up shot Les.
Les Auld: Thanks Bernie, the only way to mask the modern bits all around.
Sounds a reasonable compromise and i imagine it will be a popular attraction
Les Auld: Certainly better than being scrapped Bill, thanks for the comment.
What a capture!
Les Auld: Thanks Christina, appreciate the comment.
Better this than sending it to the scrap yard les, I should think it quite an interesting exhibit.
Les Auld: That is true Brian, the whole display contains some interesting exhibits.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 12 Jun 2009, 22:48
Those sides look like cast iron - probably just pitted from the exposure. But it remains a wonder what these steel buckets could do.
Les Auld: Anti rust paint Louis, thanks for the comment.

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