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View from North West

SC 652837

Description View from North West

Date 30/5/1997

Collection RCAHMS

Catalogue Number SC 652837

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of D 17613 CN

Scope and Content Boom net track, 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 the walled track, complete with guide rails, specially created alongside the existing quay in World War II for rolling out and launching the boom nets and floats. Made or repaired in the yard on the left, the nets were launched from a point in the distance now occupied by the ferry terminal. 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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