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    UK's only full-size World War II German U-boat

    The BBC have pictures of UK's only full-size World War II German U-boat.

    See http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_pictures/7230098.stm



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    I can't say I'm hugely impressed that they're chopping her up. But I suppose the new location and spruce up will mean more will see and visit and remember the men who sailed in them.
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    I think in many ways it is a good idea to chop it, there are a lot of hidden elements to a submarine that one never sees when they are just put on display in complete form.

    However, one thing that may be lost is the feeling of Claustrophobia?

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    Yeah, I think I could have lived with them cutting doors in the side to allow people in easier than I can handle them chopping her up. It does make it a little easier to understand the whole pressure hull/outer hull relationship, but a good computer program can do that just as well.

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    How many people have access to modelling programs showing submarine dynamics?

    Anyway, it was rotting away where it was, and I suppose it would need a lot of room for it in a museum to display it as a whole.

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    I guess this gives it a new life, but sad that we have to write "and then there was 3"

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    Quote Originally Posted by benstephens
    How many people have access to modelling programs showing submarine dynamics?

    Anyway, it was rotting away where it was, and I suppose it would need a lot of room for it in a museum to display it as a whole.

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    Your average tourist doesn't need dynamics....a really good cutaway is about all they can handle, & then only if they get a chance to spend some time looking at it (or actuallySPEND the time looking at it)

    I agree...at least it still has some sort of life, other than going to the breakers.

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    What a cop out to cut it up! The Chicago Museum of Science and Technology has an identical Type IXc sub that is an integral part of their exibits http://www.msichicago.org/exhibit/U505/index.html instead of a rusting afterthought cut up.

    They'd be far better off to just sell the whole boat to someone who wants it as an exhibit instead of scattered parts.

    I've been on many a WW II sub and yes you do need to experience being confined inside the boat for a true feel of being encased in that tube.

    Whoever is in charge of the U-534 obviously neglected her for decades and now they attempt to make her a dog and pony show illustration for somebody's drafting board animations.
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    Cutting up the sub?

    But, if they don't cut it up, where will they put the Starbuck's bar or the WiFi cafe?
    Yeah, I'm grumpy today.....

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    With so few left intact in the world, it's a shame to cut it up instead of finding a way to preserve it intact, or find a buyer interested in doing so. I agree with those above that have said to be inside a U-Boat gives one a much truer feeling of the confined spaces. Fortunately, for those interested in U-Boats there remains the U-505 in Chicago and U-995 in Laboe and a couple of smaller type boats in other locations around the globe.

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