The scuttling of the German High Seas Fleet on Scapa Flow on 21 June 1919 was an event that brought world focus on to the remote but powerful former naval base of the Grand Fleet in WWI. In little under three hours, 490,000 tons of naval shipping had gone to the bottom of the Flow. It was a fleet that had taken Germany twenty years to build and that had cost the British a small fortune to defend against.
The question of what to do with the German Fleet after the Armistice had brought acrimony into the talks between the former allies at Versailles. Britain did not want other naval nations to benefit from any re-distribution, the United States wanted an end to the arrogance of British maritime supremacy and the French compensation for the huge losses suffered by their country.
The Scapa Flow Centenary Initiative aims to keep this important chapter in our history alive and to pass its lessons to future generations through literature, podcasts, animations, this site, conferences and events. Your help in achieving these goals is paramount.
STATUS OF PROJECTS
The Last Days of the High Seas Fleet. The book will be published in June 2019. It is written and currently in printing with Seaforth Publishing.
Scuttle to Salvage. The Scuttle in Photographs will be published in June 2019 by THE ORCADIAN Press, Kirkwall. In 200 photographs it tells the story what what happened before, during and after the scuttling of the German fleet.
The Scapa Flow Naval History Conference was held in Kirkwall on 23-24 November. The conference covered a wide range of aspects of not only the Scuttle but the importance of the Flow.
The Scuttle Animation. The Crowdfunding successfully added another CHF 5,000 to the fund and work is underway on the 23-minute animation. The principal contributors are Pedall Animation in Munich (Pedall.com) with whom I worked on the Jutland animation, sound engineer Guillaume Goutchtat and Polish 3-D modeller and animator Stefan Draminski.
The Scapa Flow Centenary Commemoration Collection. A limited collection of Beenies, Polos and hand-crafted Bavarian Beer mugs can be purchased online.
Scapaflow1919.com. The site was launched in time for the Conference and will evolve as more learning comes on line. Clement Lador of ERGOPIX again gave me his invaluable help.
All helpful comments, suggestions (and corrections!) will be most gratefully received. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.