New Centenary Edition of Dive Scapa Flow by Rod Macdonald

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Dive Scapa Flow has been THE definitive guide to diving the fabled wrecks of Scapa Flow, one of the world’s greatest wreck diving locations. This completely re-written and updated centenary edition marks the 100th anniversary of the scuttle of the 74 warships of the interned German High Seas Fleet at Scapa Flow on 21st June, 1919 the greatest act of maritime suicide the world has ever seen.

Dive Scapa Flow

The dark depths of Scapa Flow conceal the remains of several of the Kaiser’s WWI High Seas Fleet. Three massive 575 feet long 26,000-ton König-class battleships await exploration huge underwater mountains where divers can see the last 12-inch big guns to have fired at British warships at the Battle of Jutland in 1916; or drift along rows of 5.9-inch secondary battery casemate guns and see massive masts and heavily armoured spotting tops. Four 5,000-ton, 500 foot long, kleiner kreuzers, Brummer, Cöln, Dresden and Karlsruhe lie on their beam ends open for inspection with parts that remained on the seabed of many other High Seas Fleet vessels as they themselves were lifted to the surface during the greatest feat of underwater salvage that has ever taken place.

Dive Scapa Flow

A diver brings scale to the port prop, its bearing support and free section of shaft. Author’s collection

Add in a U-boat, a boom defence vessel, an Icelandic trawler, a number of drifters, WWII vessels, many ‘blockships’ intentionally sunk to block the smaller channels into Scapa Flow during WWI & WWII and it becomes apparent what Scapa Flow offers divers.

Scapa Flow’s war graves, HMS Royal Oak, torpedoed at the beginning of WWII and HMS Vanguard, which blew up in a catastrophic magazine explosion in 1917 and HMS Hampshire, which struck a German mine and sunk on 5th June, 1916 north-west of Orkney carrying Lord Kitchener and his staff on a secret diplomatic mission to Russia, are off limits to divers today  but their stories are recounted to preserve the memory of those that perished.

Dive Scapa Flow

Looking down onto the top of the now horizontal fire control tower – bow to left of shot. The circular aperture housed the rangefinder apparatus. © Bob Anderson

Readership: this indispensable guide is a must for any diver interested in shipwrecks and will also appeal to all those with an interest in maritime and naval history.

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About Author

Based in Scotland, Whittles Publishing produces high quality and acclaimed diving books and is pleased to have Rod MacDonald, Ron Young, Mike Smith and Bob Baird amongst its stable of authors.

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