So what exactly happened to the U-boats after World War II? Many u-boats were used for scrap metal, however some retired to some of the most recognizable and popular museums in the world. People like you and I can take a gander at the accommodations, walk down the tightly constructed decks, and gaze upon the operational equipment used during submarine warfare, that looks almost too complicated to understand.
U-505 at The Museum of Science in Chicago, Illinois
U-534 at The Historic Warships Museum, Birkenhead, United Kingdom
In 1993, she was raised by a Danish consortium Aage Jensen, with the ceremony being witnessed by her own surviving crew and those of the Liberator who sank her. Rumors were swarming at the time that U-534 held a hoard of Nazi gold, prompting immense media coverage. The uboat was empty, however, much to people’s dismay.
U-995 at The Navy Memorial, Laboe, Germany (Laboe, Strandstrasse 92, Germany)
U-61 - World War 1 Attack Boat at The Bayerisches Armeemuseum, Ingolstadt, Germany
The U-1 at The Deutsches Museum, Munich, Germany
U-9 at The Naval Museum of the Black Sea Fleet, Sevastopol, Ukraine
Brandtaucher - World’s Oldest Diving Boat
U-2540 at Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum (German Maritime Museum) Bremerhaven, Germany
You’ll remember that in 1850, Wilhelm Bauer was asked to design a submarine for the government, incorporating all aspects of the more modern vessels. The Brandtaucher weighed 70,000 pounds, was 28 feet long, and was powered by two sailors turning a tread wheel. U-2540 served in a civilian role under various research projects before decommissioning on 15th March 1982.” On 24th April 1984, she was transferred to the Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum (German Maritime Museum) as the Technikmuseum Wilhelm Bauer. U-2540 is the only floating example of a XXI U-boat.”
UB-46 at The Turkish Naval Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
History of the Submarine and German U-Boat Fleet
Cornelius Drebbel, a Dutch inventor working for the English Royal Navy, tested the first submarine on the Thames River in England. Between 1620 and 1624 Drebbel successfully built and tested two more submarines, each one bigger than the last.
UB-46 U-boat 11 October 2009 (© Patrick Costello / Flickr)
U-534 picture via Wikipedia page U 534