On the 5th of June 1916 HMS Hampshire sank off the West coast of Mainland Orkney a tragedy that saw the loss of 737 lives including that of Earl Kitchener, Britain’s Secretary of State for War.
We’d been here many times before, at all times of year, but, on this Sunday in mid-June, we timed it just right for seeing the bird-life of the cliff-face opposite
Early April is always a good time to visit Orkney’s more popular spots before our summer visitors come.
On 21st June 1919, Rear Admiral Ludwig von Reuter gave the order to scuttle the 74 ships of the High Seas Fleet located in Scapa Flow.
The 101st anniversary of the loss of HMS Hampshire will be marked next month (June 2017) at Marwick Head with a period of quiet reflection and a two-minute silence