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For the Rusty, Crusty and Falling to Bits Group

They don’t come much more rusty and crusty than this.

U-534, a German type IXC/40 submarine was sunk by Allied forces in 1945. 48 years later, in 1993, she was raised from the seabed between Denmark and Sweden. She is the only U-boat to have been recovered after being sunk by the Allies.

This photo shows her on the side of Birkenhead docks, close to where the largest collection of preserved 20th century warships in Europe used to be before, in a monumentally short-sighted decision, the collection was forced to close through lack of funding and council support in 2006.

It is planned that she will be chopped into four sections, moved to a new site in Birkenhead, and made into a more touristy attraction in 2008.

© photogenique (dave peddie): using this image for any purpose and in any way, without prior permission, may lead to legal action.

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  • brummieboy
    brummieboyover 6 years ago

    Fascinating … there is one that you can actually go inside at Chatham Maritime Museum and that is really fun ….

  • pat oubridge
    pat oubridgeover 6 years ago

    Sunk a year after I was born, I feel as rusty as this u-boat looks LOL :):):)

  • Joan Smart
    Joan Smartover 6 years ago

    perfect capture !! wonderful find

  • moonstone
    moonstoneover 6 years ago

    great capture and love your writing too very historic indeed :)

  • moonlight1
    moonlight1over 6 years ago

    excellent shot love how you put he histry behind this photo

  • Rosalie Dale
    Rosalie Daleover 6 years ago

    Seems a shame that she will have to be cut to bits first! At least she will still have a ‘life’ … thanks for sharing Dave – one HUGE rusty subject!

  • Arthur Chambers
    Arthur Chambersover 6 years ago

    what a find-well done Dave………….

  • Craig Hender
    Craig Henderover 6 years ago

    Pity you could’nt get on there and get some close ups. You’d get a years worth of rust i reckon!

  • bnj0
    bnj0over 6 years ago

    jolie photo

  • Boretti
    Borettiover 6 years ago

    Perfect capture. Like the History lesson of this beauty too

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