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The "Suicide" of the German Fleet:"Scuttling" at Scapa Flow

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… “i———- – –. – . .. i LYING ON HER POP.R SIDE AND GOING DOWN BY THE STERN : A GERMAN DESTROYER CAPSIZING -WITH A BATTLE-CRUISER TURNED TURTLE (RIGHT BACKGROUND).


{ i! THE SCUTTLING OF THE GERMAN DESTROYERS, OF WHICH THERE WERE FIFTY IN ALL AT SCAPA FLOW : A LINE OF SHIPS SINKING AT THEIR BUOYS NEAR SHORE.


it KEEL UPPERMOST, AND SHOWING THE OPENINGS IN HER HULL WHICH LET IN THE WATER : THE GERMAN BATTLE-CRUISER ‘ SEYDLITZ ” TURNED TURTLE AFTER BEING SCUTTLED. . —– o 3o °—-o


The Admiralty statement of June 2i (quoted elsewhere) said: “Eighteen (German) dest-oyers have been beachel by ti’- local tugs end four destroyers wer- still afloat. The rest of the destroyers have sunk.” There were fifty in all, ot the latest type, at Scapa Flow. A ” Telegraph ” correspondent, describing the scene, writes : ” Destroyers, perhaps numbering less than a dozen, no more than a stone’s throw, so it seemed from across


the water, from the beach, were in the channel between Houton in the parish of Orphir, on Pomona Island, and the islands of Cava, Rysa, and Hoy, and some of them lay much less than a mile from the shore. Thus from Houton air-station the whole spectacular occurrence was clearly observed … Some of the batle-ships sank in a very short time. At 12.15 the first to sink suddenly took a heavy list, and turned completely over.”



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