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IAN M @THE U-BOAT STORY, BIRKENHEAD

10 Nov

One thing I did not do when I and my Nephew James took a Mersey ferry to Spaceport was go to Woodside Terminal for the U-Boat Story exhibition, so I’ve known about it for a while. (see 31st Mar/1st April 12 for details)

There is something intriguing about being able to walk around an actual U-Boat in the sunshine.  With U-534 it has been split into several sections, but only the outside is accessible.  Viewing glass show the interior, well-preserved and you can go up a replica of the Conning Tower and man the gun, which I did, naturally!

The exhibition part indoors consists of a video showing its sinking, recovery, clean up and installation at its current location.  There are also cases of recovered artefacts, a Timeline of events and activities, including raising a Sub, decoding a message on the Enigma machine and using a periscope to sight ships.

It is quite easy to get around, but surprisingly short.  It is offered as part of the Mersey ferry trip, which includes Spaceport, though there is a café and shops in the Terminal.  A walk along the Promenade is also quite good, with views over the River to Liverpool.  Hamilton Square is a 5 Minute walk, where Birkenhead Museum is located and Birkenhead Priory is a 900-year old historical site, which is a 10 minute walk, with good signposting.

Overall, the exhibition  is really great, and it complements the Battle of the Atlantic exhibit at Merseyside Maritime Museum at Albert Dock, Liverpool.

For more Info visit www.u-boatstory.co.uk

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