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)