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General view from West

SC 652835

Description General view from West

Date 30/5/1997

Collection RCAHMS

Catalogue Number SC 652835

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of D 17609 CN

Scope and Content Boom net jetty, 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 is a view of the quayside at Lyness showing, on the approach to the modern ferry terminal, the concrete jetty specially created in World War II for rolling out and launching the boom nets and floats. 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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File Format (TIF) Tagged Image File Format bitmap

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