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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.
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