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William Bowen had an extensive naval career before the outbreak of the First World War on 4th of August 1914.
Five brothers from the Howarth family served in World War 1.
On 4th December 1915, at the age of 18, William Spence enlisted with the Machine Gun Corps of the Seaforth Highlanders.
“The whole thing’s coming round again,” he muttered. “It’s as if we’re living upon a wheel. As if the whole Earth is felloed with madness and death.”
Although miniscule compared to the millions who died in the slaughter of World War 1, for the men’s families, the loss of their loved ones was devastating.
By far the largest number of marine related artefacts displayed are from the German fleet which was scuttled in Scapa Flow on 21st of June 1919.
A letter sent on behalf of the German Ambassador Dr Petter Wittig has thanked the Orkney community for a ‘remarkable’ programme of events marking the recent centenary of the scuttling of the German Fleet in Scapa Flow.
The stunning underwater photographs of parts of the sunken German High Seas Fleet lying in Scapa Flow were taken over a 4 year period from 2014 – 2018.