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View from E of S pillbox, hut platforms and Wee Fea radar station.

C 73291 CN

Description View from E of S pillbox, hut platforms and Wee Fea radar station.

Date 22/5/1996

Collection RCAHMS

Catalogue Number C 73291 CN

Category Photographs and Off-line Digital Images

Copies SC 652661

Scope and Content World War II pillbox, Burn of Ore, World War I and II Naval Base, Lyness, Hoy, Orkney Islands At Lyness on Hoy, close to the sounds which made up the main fleet anchorage, naval quarters, stores and an oil depot were established during World War I and were considerably developed in World War II to become the Base Headquarters, HMS Proserpine. The base came to include an extensive area for the repair of anti-submarine boom nets, 16 above-ground oil storage tanks and, beneath the nearby hill of Wee Fea, six very large underground fuel tanks which were capable of storing some 100,000 tons of oil. This pillbox, of a standard six-sided Type 22 variety built of shuttered concrete, stands close to the bridge over the Burn of Ore on the southern boundary of Lyness. The low-level entrance, which has a sunken approach and faces the direction of expected attack, was in the left face of the hexagon as seen in this view but has been infilled. In the background are the accommodation hut bases and air-raid shelters of a former military camp (of the Royal Motor Auxiliary Unit) ranged along the hill slope on the southern outskirts of Lyness. On the distant horizon is the Royal Navy's signal station on Wee Fea. At the heart of the Orkney archipelago, Scapa Flow was the main fleet anchorage for the Royal Navy during both World Wars. Its vital importance led to the creation of one of the most concentrated defence networks in Britain. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

Medium Colour negative


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