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#291163 - 10th Feb 2009 4:42pm Historic German U-boat on display
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A German submarine has gone on display on Merseyside as the centrepiece of a new exhibition.

The U-534, one of only four remaining in the world, faced an uncertain future after the closure of the Historic Warships Museum in Birkenhead.

It was bought by ferry operator Merseytravel for one Euro (0.87) in 2007 and cut into four sections, before being taken to Woodside Ferry Terminal.

Visitors can now see inside the vessel as part of the U-Boat Story exhibition.

Each of the vessel's four sections has now been illuminated from the inside with glass panels over each end.

One of the three T11 Zaukonig advanced homing torpedoes found on board is also on display.

Artefacts from the U-534 can be seen in an adjoining exhibition centre, including an Enigma Coding Machine, interactive displays, filmed interviews with survivors, a pictorial History of life on board and personal effects of the crew such as clothing, cigars and playing cards.




Neil Scales, Chief Executive and Director General of Merseytravel, said: "We designed an attraction which reinforces the Mersey Ferries links with the History of underwater warfare - and we have further plans to extend this theme.

"The ferries themselves were awarded the prefix 'Royal' because of the role their predecessors' played in the raid on German U-Boat pens at Zeebrugge during the First World War."

The exhibition opens to the public Today

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#291170 - 10th Feb 2009 5:49pm Re: Historic German U-boat on display [Re: ]
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Wasn't there a post about this very recently, jase?

we were all coughing and spluttering at the cost of admission.
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#291171 - 10th Feb 2009 5:52pm Re: Historic German U-boat on display [Re: MissGuided]
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ye somewere miss i could not find it.sorry not got the head for it today:o:

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#291173 - 10th Feb 2009 5:53pm Re: Historic German U-boat on display [Re: ]
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#291175 - 10th Feb 2009 5:55pm Re: Historic German U-boat on display [Re: MissGuided]
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lol happy

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#291176 - 10th Feb 2009 5:56pm Re: Historic German U-boat on display [Re: ]
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I came across that way on another thread and felt a bit poo about it. frown
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#291610 - 12th Feb 2009 7:40pm Re: Historic German U-boat on display [Re: MissGuided]
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I was down at Woodside this week for the first time in a few months and was horrified to see that they've plonked a German submarine right in the path of one of the best views of the Mersey - a view known to millions and seen in countless postcards and photos down the years.
What in God's name were Merseytravel thinking of, putting this monstrosity next to the most famous ferry terminal in the world - a ferry terminal that doesn't need dubious 'visitor attractions' to enhance its appeal?
Neil Scales, Chief Executive and Director-General of Merseytravel, refers to the use of the Mersey ferry boats in the 1918 Zeebrugge raid as the reason for having the U-boat at Woodside and is quoted as saying: "We designed an attraction which reinforces the Mersey Ferries' links with the History of underwater warfare - and we have further plans to extend this theme."
Well, that takes some beating for a tenuous connection. Links with the History of underwater warfare? What rubbish.
I admit the U-boat is interesting, but couldn't a less sensitive spot have been found for it somewhere in the town? As it is now, it's absolutely ruined Woodside. Does anyone agree?

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#305368 - 31st Mar 2009 2:58am Re: Historic German U-boat on display [Re: yoller]
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Hello

Here is my video from last year when they first brought the U-534 to Woodside. This video features my original pictures from 1998 when the U-Boat was at the Museum in Wallasey, as well as video footage and pics from 2008:




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#319188 - 15th May 2009 5:11pm Re: Historic German U-boat on display [Re: Northender]
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Here are some pictures of the U-534 Museum at Woodside taken last Sunday 10 May:

U-534 Gallery
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