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    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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    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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