In october 1939 just weeks after the start of the second world war the german submarine u 47 sneaked into the british naval anchorage at scapa flow in the orkney islands and sank the aging battleship hms royal oak. The battleship had no chance in this duel and very quickly started to sink 833 men including rear admiral henry blagrove died on board hms royal oak u 47 had crept out of scapa flow unnoticed. U 47 first sailed towards lyness but finding no ships in the area and encountering no resistance then turned to the north where hms royal oak hms pegasus and possibly hms iron duke were spotted wood 2008 p92 a total of 51 ships were in scapa flow at the time 18 of which can be described as fighting ships weaver 1980 p39. On 14 october 1939 royal oak was anchored at scapa flow in orkney scotland when she was torpedoed by the german submarine u 47 of royal oak s complement of 1234 men and boys 833 were killed that night or died later of their wounds. Poem the sinking of royal oak a swim in scapa flow cartoons drawings construction drawings royal oak model pinnace 784 books about hms royal oak new crew photos 2006 sonar survey new underwater photos royal oak clips on youtube visiting orkney 2004 5 visits 2006 visits 2007 visits 2008 visits
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