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    Default Kriegsmarine U534, Birkenhead

    One of the last U-boats to leave Germany after the surrender, U534 was sunk by a Liberator bomber. There were rumours of a high-level German official escaping the crumbled Nazi empire inside the vessel, but no documents or artefacts relating to this rumour were found when the ship was salvaged.

    I managed to get these photos during one of the last tours when it was at the Historic Warships museum in Birkenhead.














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    Quote Originally Posted by snappel View Post
    One of the last U-boats to leave Germany after the surrender, U534 was sunk by a Liberator bomber. There were rumours of a high-level German official escaping the crumbled Nazi empire inside the vessel, but no documents or artefacts relating to this rumour were found when the ship was salvaged.

    I managed to get these photos during one of the last tours when it was at the Historic Warships museum in Birkenhead.


    That U-Boat should be protected from further corrosion. The perfect place for those ships is West Waterloo/Princes and Princes Half-Tide Docks. The fools filled them in to canal boat depths. No idea whatsoever.
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    I know, it's ridiculous. What better place for a museum on shipping than on Liverpool's waterfront? Why couldn't they have moved to Prince's half-tide... that would have been immense, and a crowd puller...

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    Quote Originally Posted by snappel View Post
    I know, it's ridiculous. What better place for a museum on shipping than on Liverpool's waterfront? Why couldn't they have moved to Prince's half-tide... that would have been immense, and a crowd puller...
    It needs intelligence and joined up thinking. Somthing Liverpool city council and its planners are devoid of.
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    Excellent pics Sanppel
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    Hi Snappel

    Very interesting photographs. Thank you!

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    Excellent pics snappel! as usual!

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    Make of this what you will. My attempt to have a last walk through the U-boat before it gets cut up for 'display'. No doubt plenty will disapprove, but if they're going to just let it sit around and rot then they can't expect everyone to live with it. I find it rather shocking that there are so few internal pictures available in the public domain, despite the fact it was open for tours for several years.

    Naturally no damage was done to the boat, and if anyone is in any doubt about just how historically important I consider the boat to be, then read my full report. It really was quite an adventure. Those brave men who lived (and died) in the U-boat flotilla have my eternal respect.

















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    Just read your report and, quite frankly, I found it bloody marvellous! Well done, Snappel.

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    Snappel.
    Great report mate.
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    Brilliant report the best I have ever read. A super explore very well done

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    An excellent full report Snappel, I originally wanted to know what the tennis racket was for, I suppose its to get a rope up high. I'm amazed at the preparations that go into it. I can imagine how scary the shear hight of the thing is when u stood next to it plus the size of the inside.

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    Fasinating Snappel
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    Excellent report and images, shame to see no one willing to put their hands in their pocket and find a final resting place for this memorial to brave men.
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    Thanks for all the feedback, and the epitaph!

    The report can now be viewed on my site here. A regular 'location report' and a bigger gallery will follow very shortly.

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    Amazing Snappel. I went to see this after the museum had closed and stood outside the perimeter fence and gazed at what seemed to be a rust bucket.

    An amazing set of pictures on the interior!!

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    That is a most fitting epitaph Miguel and appreciated by a retired Officer in the Royal Navy. Thank you.

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    Hi Snappel

    Excellent pictures and report, Snappel. You also helped inspire a poem. See below.

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    Not a whale

    -- not exactly:
    some might say
    a shark or wolf

    comes to mind
    more -- and blood-
    red swastika flags;

    for the water laps
    languid at Birkenhead
    where a rusted U-Boat lies:

    Kriegsmarine U-534
    sits dry above a dock,
    a predator at bay:

    a beached whale.

    Christopher T. George

    Snappel, if you don't mind I am posting this poem on a few poetry sites and crediting you, giving the http://www.level-two.co.uk/u534.php website address also. If you have any objection to same, I can remove the images there. Let me know.
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    Too sleek to be a whale Chris, but the words to the poem, inspired are sleek and meaningful to me. Thanks.

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    Excellent Chris, I like it! Worth pointing out though, that even though red swastika flags were carried by the U-boats, most members of the Kriegsmarine were not Nazi's themselves, and in fact many despised them. Speaking out and denouncing Hitler and the regime could, however, lead to unpleasant consequences.

    I only point that out in defence of the men who were just (like our own sailors) serving their country, not because it doesn't work in the poem!

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    Thanks, Steven & Snappel.

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    Well done Snappel. Great report.
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    Snappell, I have put a link to this thread on the Sailors Home I hope you don't mind. The sites compliment each other rather than being in competition.
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    I don't mind at all. The more people who find it interesting the better!

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    Snappel you have done a great job, there was never much room in those
    Subs, i was a seaman most of my working life, but i don"t think i would have the guts to sail in them.

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    Snappel I haven,t as yet read your report but will later, but I find the photos of the u boat brilliant. There is a neighbour of mine who was in the subs during the war and his wish is to go and see this u boat at Birkenhead. Unfortunately the poor old chap is unsteady on his feet and has undergone surgery for cancer and will never get up to see the u boat. With your permission I will print them out and take them round to his home so the old chap can see a glimpse of the inside of it.

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    Yes yes, by all means print them. If they won't print to a decent resolution I'll do some A4 on a colour laser and send them to you/him free of charge.

    One of the reasons I really wanted to get in there was to take a set of half-decent interior shots. The more people who enjoy them, the more worthwhile it made the whole 'operation'!!

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    Thanks Snappel, just read your report, very good. Sometimes it,s just as well we read about the other side,s stories, could make us feel human .

    Thank you again for your permission, Frank will be pleased.

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