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View of signal station from E.

SC 642843

Description View of signal station from E.

Date 30/5/1996

Collection RCAHMS

Catalogue Number SC 642843

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of C 73060 CN

Scope and Content World War II signal station, Wee Fea, Lyness, Hoy, Orkney Islands In World War II military activities in and around Scapa Flow generated a complex communications network of wireless, cabled and manual signals equipment associated with all three armed services. These ranged from traditional methods of intelligence-gathering, monitoring and signalling, as practised in World War I, to the sophisticated systems of detection and communication which developments in radio and radar offered. The Royal Navy possessed its own radar network (known as AES, Admiralty Experimental Stations) with at least one station in Orkney, on Ward Hill in South Ronaldsay, but its land-based communications operated mainly through a local group of Port War Signal Stations at Stromness (Ness Battery), Kirkwall (Rerwick Head), Stanger Head on Flotta and here at Lyness on Hoy, where a state-of-the-art signal station came into operation in 1943. This view of the front wall of the Wee Fea signal station shows a plain, almost warship-like exterior, with a few windows lighting the offices and retiring rooms at the nearer (east) end of the building. The projecting turret probably contained a stair to the open parapet. 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.


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