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U-Boat Heist! The American Operation to Capture U-505

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Very interesting video, the U-boat was actually towed by an escort CV after being captured and is now on display at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.

Check out this youtuber's other videos, good stuff.

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I went through it many years ago when it was still outside alongside the Museum of Science and Industry.

You were provided with a headset that was programmed with the tour information. They even had clips from the crew members talking about the sub and their daily life.

 

Moving it into cover/indoors was the best way to preserve the ship and allow you to see more of it.

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Steel Hearts, Iron Boats by Hans Goebler, one of her crew is an enjoyable read.

Really gives you a perspective on the crew and life for a German submariner in Occupied France too. 

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It's certainly worth going to see if you get the chance. I saw it more than 10 years ago when my eighth grade class went on our final trip. Everyone else flew. I have.... issues with flying (and extreme heights, so no Sears Tower skydeck for me), so my parents and I took the train to Chicago and got two extra days to see stuff, which included the 505. In fact, that trip and seeing that boat can be directly credited with starting me down the path that landed me playing this game. I wish I knew what happened to the pictures I took from that first trip, all I've got on this computer are the handful of pictures I took the second time I went (where Chicago was a stop along the way to Gettysburg and Washington D.C., got way more pictures from that part of the trip) and that wasn't very many as I had all of the pictures from the first trip at the time, and didn't see a need for that many more. Sadly, the best I can do is one of the pistons from her engines and her Enigma equipment. I suspect the lack of photos on this computer from the first trip has something to do with me not bothering to transfer them off of my external hard drive after I got this computer, I might have to go digging for the old ones later.

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The nice thing about her size is that she's in a fully enclosed area now, protected from the elements, and corrosion control being easier to deal with.  That just can't happen with the larger museum ships out there.  Even an old World War II Destroyer is too big for that kind of treatment.  Old Battleship Texas has had issues not too long ago where she's rusted away, leaking, and took on water.  Money had to be scraped up to save her.

 

Just look at that display.  Goodness.

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On 3/3/2020 at 6:16 AM, Lord_Slayer said:

You were provided with a headset that was programmed with the tour information.

Brought back a memory. Toured a such a sub decades ago with my SLR camera around my neck. Every time I took a picture, everybody's head set would start squealing. Finally figured out it was my flash recharging (it was a big honkin' flash). Had to stop taking pics when anyone was around me. Wouldn't happen today with camera and headset technology, but it ends up being what I remember most about that tour.

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