“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.
Here is a short compilation of the highlights of the day.
On Hoy, at Lyness Naval Cemetery, a ceremony will take place to remember the unarmed German sailors who were shot and killed on that day.
Marine archaeologist Dr Innes McCartney reveals – for the first time – the location and state of the wrecks of all 25 warships sunk in the scuttling of the German fleet at Scapa Flow.
Part of the #Scapa100 commemorations it will be open at 6pm on Saturday 15th and then daily from 2pm – 7pm until Wednesday 26th of June.
A Commemoration service will take place on Friday 21st of June 2019, 1pm at Lyness Naval Cemetery, Hoy.