Awesome and staggering place. I never knew it was so important to the UK in wartime. In peacetime, it is a beautiful place that can easily inspire you.
A sea grave to so many.
You will love Scapa Flow, the name given to the natural harbor in the Orkney Islands where Churchill protected his wartime fleet from the Germans. Later he used Scapa Flow to sink the German fleet at the conclusion of WW II.
You can now see the remains of the various ships as they have risen partially to the surface. Scuba...
If every fleet in the world were anchored in Scapa Flow, they could be fitted in 9 times over. It was here that the British Fleet were anchored during both World Wars and the captured German Fleet was scuttled in 1919. Following the sinking of the battleship HMS Royal Oak by U- 47, on 14th October 1939, Churchill ordered the...
Need to know the history. Otherwise, this is just an empty body of water. There was the exposed hull of a sunken ship and the road between the islands were on concrete blocks between them. These were the churchill's barriers built for defense.
Its quite eerie and strange seeing the sunken boats lying in the water as you cross the various islands in Orkney. The Churchill Barriers are impressive too although I wish there was proper stopping areas so that you could get out of the car and take photos.
Spent some time on the water and some time on the land. The memories evoked by this place should remind us all of the sacrifices our ancestors made. The Causeways, the wrecks and the bouys marking the war graves are testament to significant historical events. This is a very nostalgic place to visit - sadness and pride combine. Some great...