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Old Jun 22nd 2019, 6:46 am
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The German High Fleet - 74 warships - was scuttled at Scapa Flow, the anchorage at the centre of the Orkney islands. Germany did not want to hand them over to the Allies, which they feared would be a condition of the Peace Treaty. In a short space the entire fleet went to the bottom. There were fatalities. A party of Orkney schoolchildren on a boat trip witnessed the incident. The event is remembered locally in Orkney but has not entered the consciousness of people further afield. In Germany at the time it was seen as the honourable solution.
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Thanks for this Scot, an event in history I wasn't aware of.
An interesting summary of events can be found HERE.
An even more interesting snippet HERE is that 4 of the wrecks ended up under the ownership of a salvage company and were subsequently re-purchased.
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The ones that were salvaged went to a Breaker's Yard on the shores of the Forth at Inverkeithing.
My question was "Why did I not hear about these events when i was growing up on the shores of the Forth ?"
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The ones that were salvaged went to a Breaker's Yard on the shores of the Forth at Inverkeithing.
My question was "Why did I not hear about these events when i was growing up on the shores of the Forth ?"
Having an interest in scuba diving, I knew about the ships in Scapa Flow, although I can't remember if I learned about them in the history class at school or not..too long ago I'm afraid.. I certainly didn't know there were 74 of them... quite fascinating.
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Few are left now. Certainly not the 74 that were scuttled on orders from The High Command in Germany. (By June 1919 no longer "Imperial" but "Republican")
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