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Sunk in 1915, this 2332 tonne iron single-screw steamer was built in 1882 in W. Hartlepool. Deliberately sunk to block the entrance to Burra Sound, she is probably one of the best ‘blockships’ to dive. She is fairly well broken up with only her bow and stern intact. The visibility tends to be better than in the sound itself with plenty of marine life sheltering away from the fast tidal current which flows over her almost permanently.

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F2 & BARGE

Max depth 18m

Although not from World War I, the F2 Escort Vessel makes a very enjoyable second dive. Lying on her port side she is in good condition with her forward gun clearly visible. The stern part of the wreck has been blown apart with much machinery on display. About 15 metres away lies the wooden salvage barge YC21 with a large anti aircraft gun still in place in her main hold.

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Scapa Flow, Orkney Islands Getting there Getting to the Orkneys is not trivial and as most people want to take their own equipment, driving is the most popular option. Northlink Ferries run regularly from either Scrabster or Aberdeen. I favoured the former, being a longer and scenic drive but shorter crossing.

Top tip! A good nitrox mix will extend your bottom time and will be sufficient for the majority of the wrecks. A rebreather or trimix dive could be considered for some of the deeper battleships.

Water temperature The water temperature ranges from around 8-14°C

Getting there

so a drysuit is essential. The average visibility is around 10m but can get as high as 20m in mid summer.

Local Operators For my mind, the best way to dive these wrecks is from a liveaboard vessel, which also gives you a chance to explore some of the remoter islands in the evenings. I went courtesy of the MV Halton run by Bob Anderton whose knowledge, coupled with enthusiasm, is hard to match.

More Information

www.mvhalton.co.uk www.scapaflowwrecks.com www.visitscotland.com Bibliography: The Wrecks of Scapa Flow - David M. Ferguson

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