11 Jun 2009 • 1,096 views
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.
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