U534


Pat Winship

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As some of you may know, this former museum ship has been sold. The new owners are planning to cut her into three sections, glass in the ends of each, and display the bits as a tourist attraction. We're supposed to rejoice that she's not being scrspped. And perhaps we should. But some people would like to see something better.

See http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/merseyside/6244784.stm

It sort of looks like Nomadic all over again. An online petition has been put up at this site. That's where it started before, and we suceeded!

There are two petitions, one for the UK, one for the rest of the world.

For the UK, it's http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/u534saveoursub/

For everyone else,
http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/save-and-preser
ve-the-historic-ww2-u-534-u-boat.html

It would be really nice if we could help another maritime interest save another ship!

*Skips down from soapbox*

Pat Winship
 
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Linda Sherlock

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I agree with you wholeheartedly, Pat! Even driving past U534 in her old location was a thrilling sight. That sharp, menacing bow seemed to rear out at the road. A magnificent sight.

I had my late father in the car with me one day and he used to be a gunner on merchant ships in WWII. He said his hands were automatically reaching for his gun controls when he saw her
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It simply doesn't feel right that she should be turned into a giant toy for kiddies to climb on, which is what the new plans amount to. After all, not all the crew survived did they? The U-boat should be treated with more respect.
 
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Linda, if you ever make it to Chicago, check out the U-505 at the Museum of Science and Industry. The main page is at http://www.msichicago.org/ and the U-505 page is at http://www.msichicago.org/exhibit/U505/index.html

I've seen her and it's well worthwhile. I would hope that the U-534 would recieve the same treatment but realistically, it may not be in the cards. I suppose it's better then being scrapped, but it strikes me as very disrespectful to those who served on submarines during the war to just slice her and dice her the in the fashion proposed here.
 
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Linda Sherlock

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The U505 exhibit looks wonderful. What makes me sad about the predicament of U534 is that across the River Mersey in Liverpool there is a big maritime museum and given Liverpool's importance as a strategic HQ during the Battle of the Atlantic, I would have thought it was a natural home for the sub.
 

Pat Winship

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Here's the new webpage on the U-534

http://www.atlantik-pirat.com/U-534page.htm

The strangest thing, though, is this piece of news, posted on U-boat.net today.

"I have just heard some exciting news. U778 lies 16 miles off the North-West coast of Ireland. Salvage plans are being explored to see if this wreck could be raised from the deep and brought ashore. It is a possibility that this U-Boat might be put on display in the Maritime Museum in Derry City in Northern Ireland."

778 is a different type of boat-- a VII-C, rather than a Type IX like the 534. But it does seem a little wanting in common sense to go trying to raise her when there's another WWII German sub on dry land that needs a home.
 

Pat Winship

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A uboat.net member has been invited to observe the process and has posted photos on his website. By his account, it's not as bad as it might be. They seem to be doing a decent job of preservation, which the boat certainly needed.

http://www.atlantik-pirat.com Follow the links to the U-534 page

Pat