Finally managed to get a photograph of WWII U-Boat U-534 before she leaves her current home in Birkenhead Docks for berths new.

U-534 was comissioned on 23rd December, 1942, carried out three patrols (failing to sink or damage any allied ships), and was sunk by a British Liberator aircraft off the coast of Denmark on 5th May, 1945. Three of her crew were killed, the other 49 survived. She was salvaged in 1993 and put on display on the Wirral, just across the Mersey from the former Western Approaches Command HQ in Liverpool.

U-534 is the same U-Boat that Carolyn and her kids somehow managed to get themselves trapped inside in 2003.

Richard Carter

A fat, bearded chap with a Charles Darwin fixation.


  1. As a child, I went on a boat from Southend Pier to look at a dreadnought class submarine, moored in the Thames estuary. I felt very ill at ease with this enormous grey shape looming up in front of me. To this day, even photos of submarines make me feel quite odd.

  2. For reasons I won't bore you with, I once had a guided tour of a nuclear-powered submarine. I was delighted to spot a pair of fluffy dice over the steering column (which looked like something straight out of Stingray).

  3. There was some talk of it being taken to Milford Haven, to sit alongside a resurrected Sunderland flying boat. That's off now, I understand.

    Fluffy dice.

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