U-534 , Liverpool (Wirral) .

Discussion in 'WW2 Museums. Events, & places to see.' started by James S, Aug 26, 2009.

  1. James S

    James S Very Senior Member

    http://www.u-boatstory.co.uk/

    I was over yesterday witha few friends to see U-534 , I had last seen her in 2002.
    Back then she was languishing in Birkenhead , her future uncertain and in the years between it seem until recently that she would almost certainly face an appointment with "Steptoe and Son".
    At the last moment Merseyferries came to her rescue and offerred to take her on and to provide a secure future for the U-Boat.
    Now in four sections she has been painted and sealed at the end of each section with shatterproof glass.
    She is displayed almost as she was recovered , to restore her beyond this would cost millions , money which to be honest is not going to appear be that in 2001 nor in 2009 - as it is the boat is safe and we should be grateful for that.

    The sections are surrounded by deacking and can be inspected at leisure , information panels and doagrams give clear concise data , and minature cameras in some of the sections allow an interior view to be obtained via display screnes. ( eg The control room).
    Unfortunately the bridge is out of bounds as are the upperdeckworks which are in poor condition , the wood deck having fallen to pieces and the supporting metal work is in poor condition.

    Taking photos is difficult as the glass which seal her against the elements reflect flasand produce ghost images , this may be worked around with a modren digital SLR or if you have an "old" style camera with fast film ,and a tripod.

    The visitors centre has on display a good collection of items recovered from U-534 along witha good film telling of her sinking , discovery , recovery and how she ame to be as she is now presented.

    Allow about two hours for a good look round , certainly worth visiting - multiple toicket purchasing offers allow you to doive tail a visit with that of other local attractions - the basis of a good family day out.

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  2. James S

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    A set of 7x50 UBootglas and the boats UZO as recovered and cleaned for display purposes.

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    Starglode , the details gone and a sextant.

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  3. James S

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  4. cash_13

    cash_13 Senior Member

    What fantastic pictures many thanks for the effort 10 out of 10;)

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  5. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    James,
    Another superb post.
    Considering the difficulty with glass, your photographs are first class and it looks like you had a great day out.

    Just reading a reworked book by Mr White called "Milk Cows".
    Lots of information on the U-Tankers employed in the oceons to keep the hunter U-Boats on station longer.

    Regards
    Tom
     
  6. Owen

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    Why have they got the Olympic rings on there?
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  7. James S

    James S Very Senior Member

    Owen the rings are from 4th Flotilla - 534 was with them from December 42 to February 44.
    The boat's emblem is shown below "The Hunter from Kurpfalz".

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    Some of the lighter flak from the bandstands are inside on display , the scopes , the attack and the sky periscope.

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  9. James S

    James S Very Senior Member

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    Bow section looking forward.

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    This shows the proximity of the four sections , unfortunately the damage inflicted by the Liberator to the stern section cannot be observed from the decking.
     
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  11. James S

    James S Very Senior Member

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    Engine room , " Go back Johann , GO BACK !"
     
  12. James S

    James S Very Senior Member

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    Pressure hull / skin.

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    Where is the "Chief" ?

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  13. James S

    James S Very Senior Member

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    Control room , the meters are for finely balancing the boat.
     
  14. cash_13

    cash_13 Senior Member

    I really thought when they announced that they were going to cut her up that would be the end of her I had visions of her ending up rotting in some deep recess somewhere and the public being deprived of her.....how wrong can I be!!!

    A big thanks to the museum for putting so much effort into a wonderful display and making her so accessible to everyone more so now than when she was complete...now the handicapped or older generation will get the opportunity to look at the confines of a magnificent submarine and not to mention the youngsters from school trips.......brilliant will be heading up that way asap

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  15. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    James,

    It's when I see such great photographs and the fact of the museums location, that I wish I was back in Preston and only an hour away:D.

    However Berlin has a lot going for it.:)

    Regards
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  16. James S

    James S Very Senior Member

    Tom - U-977 is one I will have to see , Berlin has indeed got a great deal going for it another place I would love to see.:)
     
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  17. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Make me wish I threw a sicky now :lol:

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  18. piaf

    piaf Member

    James , They have done a wonderful job , last time I saw her in2002 before I left U.K. there was talk of scrapping her.
    Is she now situated in front of the Woodside Hotel (looking at your photos)?
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  19. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    Great photos James, thanks for posting.

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  20. Jan7

    Jan7 Senior Member

    Thanks for share these photos, James!

    Seems that you enjoy the visit!





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