2001 SCAPAFLOW TRIP REPORT
by Dennis Fisher
Orkney Islands is located in Scotland above the Loch Ness monster's
home and is quite a place for scenery and history. The town of Burray
was small, with very nice people and scenery.
The dive shop (European technical dive center
at Burray, Scotland) was more than helpful in every way from setting
up the trip to providing equipment that was needed and then some. (One
diver in the group left a plate for the backpack in the USA.)
The battle of Jutland in May 1916 was the only
major naval engagement where true battleships played a major part in
the battle. After the war, the German fleet was brought to Scapa Flow
for internment. The German fleet was scuttled and salvaged at Scapa
Flow (Orkney Islands). Some of the remaining ships that are now in the
bay include, the battleships, Markgraf, Konig, Prinz Wilhelm, and the
cruisers, Brummer, Karlsruhe, Dresden, and Koln. These war ships make
very interesting diving.
the size of the battleship (s) it is not possible to see the whole ship
(s) on one dive. The diving was great. I had one lousy dive because
of visibility (3 feet). The visibility in the bay ran anywhere from
6 to 30 feet.
and crew helped, as we needed it. There was much socializing between
dive sites, the boat (Crombie) was very well equipped and the area below
deck was heated for equipment drying and storage.
The sands hotel was right on the harbor front. The apartment was spotless
and comfortable with all the comforts of home. The restaurant serves
a variety of meals. I definitely would include the meals in the dive
package. This was not your average dive resort, definitely a cut above.
Loganair airways let my camera housing packed in a bag fall to the ground.
They say that because it's a fragile package they cannot accept liability.
Guess what airline I will not fly on in the future.
The bottom line is the trip was great. There are truly few places in
the world that you can dive a group of battleships.
on Scapa Flow can be found here