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Historic German U-boat on display

U-534
The U-boat is one of only four remaining in the world

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 on Tuesday.



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