Torn deck plating of the V 1302 John Mahn that was damaged by the bomb that hit amidships Image credit: VLIZ Wrecks contain hazardous substances (such as petroleum and explosives) that may harm the marine environment.
“This tale goes back to a day of dense fog on18th July 1934, while the Stronsay herring fishing was at its height”
“While attempting to enter Papa Sound during a period of prolonged south easterly gales in February 1923, the Yarmouth registered steam drifter Comely Bank struck a reef on the north east side of Papa Stronsay and broke her propeller. “
On 1st March 1917 HMS Pheasant an M Class Destroyer was sunk when it struck a mine, off Rora Head, Orkney.
“Later that morning, after news of the shipwreck reached Kirkwall, the Orcadia was despatched to Stronsay where she took on board all the Rognvald’s passengers and conveyed them to Kirkwall. “
” the73m, 980 ton screw steamship St Rognvald was named and launched in June 1883. “
Some moments of peace in Orkney
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.
“I realised it would be a Herculean task to climb those huge cliffs, my body numbed and drained of energy. “
“I realised it would be a Herculean task to climb those huge cliffs, my body numbed and drained of energy. ” 228580 Leading Seaman William Cashman,
“There is quite an intriguing story behind the stranding and loss of the 215 ton Canadian three-masted barque Agil almost 150 years ago and the events which followed.”