Scapa Flow Books

Scapa Flow is a deep sea port nestled in the Orkney isles. It was chosen as the UK's main sea port during World War I, due to it's proximity to the North Sea and it's distance from the German U-Boat fleets. Following the end of WWI, much of the German fleet was scuttled in the harbour - and in the 1920s, many of the U-Boats and ships were salvaged to open up the port again. In the Second World War, Scapa Flow again served as the UK's main sea port, but many of the WWI defensive structures had fallen to ruins between the wars.

Scapa Flow is a popular dive site, although some of the wrecks are designated war graves and are not available for diving. There is also a major oil transfer point for North Sea oil platforms.

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    Cox's Navy: Salvaging The German High Seas Fleet At Scapa Flow 1924-1931
    Tony Booth - Hardback - Pen & Sword Maritime
    On a mid-summer's day in 1919, the interned German Grand Fleet was scuttled by their crews at Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands. This book describes the biggest salvage operation ever undertaken, and the role played by Ernest Cox, a Wolverhampton-born scrap merchant.
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    Cox's Navy: Salvaging The German High Seas Fleet At Scapa Flow 1924-1931
    Tony Booth - Paperback - Pen & Sword Maritime
    On a mid-summer's day in 1919, the interned German Grand Fleet was scuttled by their crews at Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands. This book describes the biggest salvage operation ever undertaken, and the role played by Ernest Cox, a Wolverhampton-born scrap merchant.
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    Dive Scapa Flow
    Rod Macdonald - Hardback - Mainstream
    Macdonald uses a mixture of historical narrative of the scuttling and subsequent salvage to tell the dramatic events at the end of World War I. He also includes details of advances in diving techniques which now allow access to deeper wrecks.
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    The Grand Scuttle: The Sinking Of The German Fleet At Scapa Flow In 1919
    Dan Van der Vat - Paperback - Birlinn
    The scuttling of the German fleet at Scapa Flow has beome folk legend in both Germany and Britain. This book retells the story, with contemporary photographs and eye-witness accounts, and an interesting new perspective.
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    Last Dawn: The Royal Oak Tragedy At Scapa Flow
    David Turner - Paperback - Argyll
    Told through declassified photographs and naval records, as well as statements from survivors, this is a dramatic and moving reassessment of the biggest loss of boy sailors in a single Royal Navy event in World War II.
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    Scapa: Britain's Famous Wartime Naval Base
    James Miller - Paperback - Birlinn
    Through two world wars, Scapa Flow was the main anchorage of the British Home Fleet. This text tells the story of Scapa through photographs that have been culled from collections in the Imperial War Museum and many other sources.
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    Scapa Flow: From Graveyard To Resurrection
    Ludwig von Reuter - Paperback - Wordsmith
    This text presents the original account of the greatest scuttling in naval history by the commander of the interned Imperial German Fleet, together with an introductory narrative and concluding story of the extraordinary salvage operations which succeeded it.
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    Scapa Flow: The Defences Of Britain's Great Fleet Anchorage, 1914-45
    Angus Konstam - Paperback - Osprey
    This text recounts the war history of Scapa Flow, a strategically important natural harbour in the Orkney Islands, which served as Britain's main fleet anchorage during World Wars I and II.
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    Scapa Flow: The Reminiscences Of Men And Women Who Served In Scapa Flow In The Two World Wars
    Malcolm Brown; Patricia Meehan - Hardback - Spellmount
    Memories of the men and women who served at or around the Royal Navy's famous anchorage in the Orkney Islands in both World Wars.