Scapa Flow is a body of water in the Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom. Surrounded by the islands of Mainland, Graemsay, Burray, South Ronaldsay and Hoy, it is best known as the site of the United Kingdom's chief naval base during the First and Second World Wars.
It contains some of the most interesting wrecks in the world.
On June 21, 1919, Rear Admiral Ludwig von Reuter, the German officer in command at Scapa Flow, after waiting for the bulk of the British fleet to leave on exercises, gave the order to scuttle the ships to prevent their falling into British hands. Fifty-one ships sank.
Some of them remain and provide excellent wrecks for interested sports divers:
- Battlecruisers: SMS Hindenburg, SMS Derfflinger, SMS Seydlitz, SMS Moltke and SMS Von der Tann.
- Cruisers: SMS Cöln II, SMS Karlsruhe II, SMS Dresden II, SMS Brummer and SMS Bremse. SMS Nürnberg II, SMS Frankfurt and SMS Emden II were beached.
Enjoy Scapa Flow shipwrecks!
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Trip: Scapa Flow 2008
A week aboard the Sunrise, diving the scuttled German High Seas Fleet.
This was my first experience of a live-aboard and although it looked a little small the boat served us well. With the exception of one failed attempt to drop onto the Taba
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