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is coming

"A submarine on flat land, 600 kilometres away from the sea…"

  • For May 2023 we at the Technik Museum, together with the support of some of our members, are planning to transport the U17 submarine of the German Navy from Kiel to Speyer.
  • 500 tons have to be moved across the sea, rivers and roads.
  • With a length of 50 meters and a height of 9 meters, the submarine will then be given a temporary place in front of the Technik Museum Speyer to prepare for onward transport to Sinsheim from there.
  • If all parameters are correct, the journey to the Kraichgau can be continued.

The crew

The regular crew at a glance

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JÜRGEN WEBER

Commander (retired), managing director of German Submariners Association VDU e.V. and member of Auto-Technik-Museum e.V.

He's got salt water in his blood. There is not one person who is yet to be impressed by his expertise in submarines and his anecdotes from life in the navy.

HERMANN LAYHER

Graduateengineer (Dipl.-Ing.),president of Auto-Technik-Museum e.V.

When it comes to technology that can be moved, no one is a patch on him. Without doubt, his heart pumps gasoline.

HEINZ RÖSSLER

Managing director of Spedition Kübler GmbH, member of Auto-Technik-Museum e.V.

He has been moving heavy goods on Europe's roads for 40 years.

WOLFGANG FUCHS

Vice president of Auto-Technik-Museum e.V.

A vice-president who lives the idea of an association like no other.

The route

The daunting challenge: "…what revolving could look like."

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  • What is currently happening...

    We did it! U17 was successfully filmed!
    On November 8, 2023, the time had finally come: After a long preparation, the engines of the rotating device developed specifically for this undertaking started and U17 tilted to the side.

    Rotated by 73 degrees, the press and onlookers were able to take a completely new look at the U17s. We are very proud and are starting planning for the transport to Sinsheim in the summer of 2024.

    At this point, THANK YOU to everyone involved, you made the impossible possible!

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  • What happened until now...
    • In Kiel we loaded the submarine onto a floating pontoon suitable for sea and river use with a 900-ton crane and then shipped it through the Kiel Canal along the North Sea coast to Rotterdam.
    • From there we went through Holland on the Waal back to Germany and then over the Rhine past Cologne Cathedral, the German Corner in Koblenz and the Loreley to Speyer.
    • In Speyer the submarine went ashore in the natural harbor. On a heavy-duty transport it drove at walking speed towards the Technology Museum.
    • At the Speyer location, our workshop checked all parameters for onward transport to Sinsheim and set about making the appropriate preparations. In order to be able to pass the next sections of the route, the submarine was made lighter. To do this, around 100 tons of batteries were removed from the boat and the engines were fixed. It wasn't that easy: each of the 140 batteries weighs around 720 kilograms and had to be lifted from the basement of the submarine through a small loading hatch in the front area.
    • The SWR paid our guys from the workshop a visit in June and accompanied them for a day while they were removing the battery (see video).

  • It continues in 2024: the highlight is Heidelberg
    • The journey will continue in 2024: from the current location, the Technik Museum Speyer, it goes back to the Rhine to Mannheim and from there to the Neckar.
    • When you arrive in the historic Neckar city, you will see that the submarine and the floating pontoon are too high for the Old Heidelberg Bridge. This will show whether our plan will work: using a special rotating mechanism, the submarine will be turned on the pontoon until it just fits under one of the bridge arches. An extraordinary spectacle, against the impressive backdrop of Heidelberg Castle and the historic old town.
    • After Heidelberg has been successfully passed, the route continues through the beautiful Neckar valley to Haßmersheim. From there the journey continues overland on a low-loader towards the new home.
  • Course Sinsheim
    • The submarine rolls along idyllic country roads in the Odenwald into the hilly Kraichgau. Viewers of the transport are treated to surreal and impressive views, as a 50-meter-long submarine peeks out over the roofs of small villages or appears to swim through the rolling hills of the Kraichgau.
    • This is only available with us: A sight of superlatives can be seen in the last few meters in front of the museum, when the submarine rolls past the Bundesliga stadium of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on the low-loader. On the other side of the A6 motorway, the two supersonic passenger jets Concorde and Tupolev TU 144 are already waiting for the new mega exhibit.

Facts & figures

If you are interested in technology, you will be able to spend hours on the submarine…

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  • The U-17 is a class 206A submarine that is around 48 metres long, with a draught of 4.6 meters, and displaces roughly 500 tonnes when submerged.
  • Submarines were mainly deployed in the North Sea and Baltic Sea, and then, later, after the conversion to the class 206 Alpha, in the Mediterranean as well.
  • The U-17 had a very special mission and, together with the U-26, was the first German submarine in American waters after the Second World War and the first submarine to enter the port of Baltimore after the last submarine anchored there in 1916 (the merchant submarine U-DEUTSCHLAND).
  • The Type 206 submarines have served in the German Navy for almost 40 years – more than any other submarine before – and after such a long time it would have weighed on the souls of the generations of crew members if people had not preserved them and made them accessible for posterity. The "submariners association U-17", consisting of former crew members, will later take care of the preservation of the submarine as an exhibit.

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The contact persons

Take the last chance and be there!

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