DIVERS from Selby splashed back into the past on a recent trip to Scapa flow.
Their dives took place at one of the most historic maritime sites in the British Isles – the site where the captured German naval fleet was taken to at the end of World War Two. Whilst being held there by the Royal Navy the German sailors scuttled their fleet in a last act of defiance.
Some of the ships were saved and others have been salvaged but the rest lay there, making Scapa Flow one of the top wreck-diving destinations in the world.
Diver John Hewitt told the Selby Times: “Selby Aquanauts (above) have been to Scapa Flow before but for many on this trip it was their first visit.
“During the week all three remaining battleships – Konig, Markgraf and Kronprinz Wilhelm – were dived, some more than once owing to their vast size. We also dived the light cruisers Coln, Dresden, Brummer and Karlsruhe. Even the light cruisers are far too large to see all of them in two dives.
“On the day we dived the Brummer it was amazing. The ship lay on her side and we intended to fin along the deck. Descending to the seabed we looked up and the wreck was silhouetted in the green blue glow from above. Ascending we set off along the deck, with our torches picking out various features until, passing the anchor chain capstans we come to the muzzle of a 5.9” gun. Gliding along the barrel and round the protective shield we come to the conning tower – the command centre when in battle – the access door behind the conning tower is missing so we cautiously entered. Disturbed silt threatened our vision so we left and came to the bridge where windows still look out for the battle that will never come.”
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Tuesday 18 June 2013
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