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The U-505 Submarine....how was it moved from Lake Michigan?

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The U-505 Submarine....how was it moved from Lake Michigan?

I recently read that the German U-boat 505 was moved

to a new and better location, climate controlled, etc. When I was in high school, we visited Chicago's

Museum of Science & Industry. One of the highlights

was going through the submarine. I remember the guide telling us how hard it was to move the sub

from Lake Michigan to the museum. Only, that's all

I remember. How was it moved from the lake to the

museum?

Thanks for helping my memory!

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1. Re: The U-505 Submarine....how was it moved from Lake Michigan?

I haven't read it all, but the MSI website does have some info:

www.msichicago.org/whats-here/exhibits/u-505/

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2. Re: The U-505 Submarine....how was it moved from Lake Michigan?

Unless I missed it, it's not there. Thanks for

trying, however.

I'm sure there must be someone who still remembers...

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3. Re: The U-505 Submarine....how was it moved from Lake Michigan?

Not sure how they initially moved it from the lake to the museum, but when they put it into it's new enclosure, the used a a jacking system to raise it off the ground, then put it onto a platform that they wheeled around the building.

I assume they did something similar when they first got it. I know they had to close Lake Shore as they moved it across. I know they moved it through the chain of Great Lakes to get it to Chicago from the east coast.

If you're in Chicago again, you should definetly check out the exhibit. The extra tour is well worth it and the guide is very knowledgeable. They have a video discussing how it was moved into it's new home, they also touch on how it was initially moved.

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4. Re: The U-505 Submarine....how was it moved from Lake Michigan?

ChiTraveler48,

Thanks for responding. Yes, I saw the video of

the new move and it was that that made me try to

remember how it was moved originally from the lake.

So far, no one's memory is any better than mine!

I would love to come back to Chicago, and when I do,

I will definitely go to the museum and see the sub

at it's new home.

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5. Re: The U-505 Submarine....how was it moved from Lake Michigan?

Well, it was before my time, but after the U-505 was towed to Chicago through the St. Lawrence Seaway and 4 of the 5 great lakes, it was moved across the 57th Street Beach and Lake Shore Drive on rail-skids.

There used to be reel footage - or, at the very least, photos - (sorry, can't remember which) of the original move of the U-505 but I don't recall if they still have it/them after the exhibit was renovated and moved inside.

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ChiTownFriend,

Congratulations, you are the grand prize winner!

(At least you have a good memory or know where to get

information!).

Thank you very much. I remember how our guide told

how very difficult it was to move such a heavy

submarine from the lake to the museum. I bet it took

awhile....

Thank you for the information.

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7. Re: The U-505 Submarine....how was it moved from Lake Michigan?

Well, I just remember looking at the feature (or photos) when I was waiting in line to board the U-505 when I was younger.

Even as a kid, I was struck with how cramped the quarters were on the sub. "Das Boot"!

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