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Martin W.

Scapa Flow,June 21st 1919.

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On a recent trip to England my mom gave me this old souvenir set of photographs.She told me they were given to her by an "old lady friend" many years ago.

 

An interesting set of images of the "Sinking of the German Ships at Scapa Flow On June 21st,1919".

The photo's appear to be original prints presented in a titled folder.

All of the images are the copyright of a C.W.Burrows.

There are fourteen photo's in the set and sadly #4 is missing.

 

The German High Seas Fleet was interned at Scapa Flow after WWI under the terms of the Armistice whilst negotiations took place over the fate of the ships.Fearing that all of the ships would be seized and divided amongst the allied powers,the German Commander,Admiral Ludwig von Reuter,decided to scuttle the fleet.

The scuttling was carried out on 21st June 1919.Intervening British "guard ships" were able to beach a number of the ships,but 52 of the 74 interned vessels sank.

Many of the wrecks were salvaged over the next two decades and were towed away for scrapping.

 

Regards,Martin.

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Photo's 1-3.

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With number 4 missing,photo's 5-7.

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Photo's 8-10.

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The last four photo's of the set.

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Martin, There is  an  interesting book  i  read  some  years  ago  about  the  salvage project  of  these  ships.

 

Jim

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These are great images Martin.

 

A real shame one is missing but nevertheless a great and historical set of prints.

 

 

Thanks for sharing these.

 

Regards

Dani

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