13 November 2016

Today, of course, is Remembrance Sunday, held annually to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts.

Looking out of our window this Sunday morning, the islands of Cava and Flotta are just in view, with the waters of Scapa Flow stretching out beyond. The view is relatively quiet now, but during the two World Wars, Orkney, and the safe anchorage of Scapa Flow, played a critical role. But the Flow also saw one of the worst disasters in British naval history, when in 1939, the HMS Royal Oak was torpedoed by the German submarine U-47. Of the 1,234 men and boys on board, 833 were killed that night or died later of their wounds. The wreck of the Royal Oak still lies in the Flow, in some 30m of water. It is a designated war grave.

Sunrise                  08.02                    Moonrise           16.02

Sunset                   15.52                    Moonset             05.44

High tide       01.28 (0.61m)              Low tide         07.55 (3.70m)

High tide       13.47 (0.80m)              Low tide         20.04 (3.89)

Full moon

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