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General view of signal station from W.

SC 642847

Description General view of signal station from W.

Date 30/5/1996

Collection Records of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS), Edinbu

Catalogue Number SC 642847

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of C 73063

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 substantial signals and operations building occupies an elevated site on the upper slopes of Wee Fea, commanding a wide view of Lyness and the surrounding area and being itself a conspicuous landmark for miles around. Completed in 1943, it was operated by a large staff of Royal Navy personnel, particularly by members of the WRNS (Women's Royal Naval Services). The main entrance was the high-level opening, visible at the left-hand end of this rear wall, which was approached by an external forestair, now gone. The boiler chimney is above the entrance, and the flat roof-top area, which contains a water tank and shelter, was used for lamp signalling. 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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