October 17 2018
Unfortunately I could not make this event in Stromness. The evening featured the unveiling of the Scapa Flow timeline (described as a ‘collaborative project between Scapa 100, Stromness Museum, the National Maritime Museum, the University of Dundee and Huskyan Charters’) and a presentation on UB.116 by Simon Brown.
November 22 2018
On 22 November, flags were placed ‘on each of the seven remaining wrecks as a mark of respect and commemoration’ by divers in Scapa Flow. The flags have been left so that others diving the wrecks might be encouraged to have ‘a moment of reflection and remembrance’.
Historic Scotland was consulted prior to the project and raised no objections. The flags are tied on with 3mm cord to prevent damage to the wrecks should a set be snagged. Periodic maintenance dives throughout 2019 will be held to inspect and replace the rigging if required.
November 23-24 2018, Kirkwall, Scapa Flow Naval History Conference
A two-day event was held at Kirkwall Grammar School on November 23-24, 2018 (November 23 was the centenary of the first German ships arriving in the Flow). A number of distinguished speakers attended and presented papers on many aspects of the Flow from its history to its ecology.
It is hoped that papers and presentations from this conference will shortly be available through David Mackie at the Orkney Archives and Library, Kirkwall.
|Prof. Andrew Lambert||Securing the National Interest. Seapower 1918-1919|
|Carl-Johan Hagman||Protecting Maritime Interests Today|
|Rear Admiral Sam Cox USN (ret’d)||US Naval Perspectives|
|Cdr. Dr. David Kohnen (paper given by Dr. Nat Sims)||US Naval Forces in Europe and the American Expeditionary Force – Allied Commands divided by a Common Language|
|Dr. Nat Sims||The role of personalities in the Anglo-American Naval Partnership|
|Dr. Sebastian Rojek||The Apocalyptic obsession of the German Navy 1871-1945|
|Dr. Stephan Huck||The myth and Reality of the High Seas Fleet|
|Nick Jellicoe||The Scuttle: Context and Impact|
|Tom Muir||The Orcadian Experience|
|Andy Hollinrake||The Defence of the Flow|
|Tom Easop||Diving the Scapa Flow Wrecks|
|Dr. Peter Schenk||October 1939: The Scuttle Avenged|
|Dr. Joanne Porter||The Wrecks of Scapa Flow: Marine Life Legacy|
|Ana-Lena Schneider||Examining Naval History in Museums. An Anglo-German Comparison of the Great War|
|Robert Foden||The Jellicoe Express|
June 21 2019, Orkney, Scapa Flow, Centenary of the Scuttling of the German High Seas Fleet
An event agenda is not yet known but events might include the re-dedication ceremony at the Lyness Commonwealth Graves Commission cemetery and the ringing of the salvaged bell from SMS von der Tann. Descendants will be a central part of the commemorations (both the descendants from the Flying Kestrel school outing as well as the Fremantle, Reuter and Madden families).
Stromness, Stromness Museum Conference
A conference is planned for October 2019. Details will be posted when known.