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The scuttling of the German fleet carried out on 21 June 1919 took place at the Royal Navy's base at Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands, Scotland, after the First World War. The High Seas Fleet was interned there under the terms of the Armistice whilst negotiations took place over the fate of the ships, but Admiral Ludwig von Reuter decided to scuttle the fleet, however British guard ships beached 22 of the 74 interned vessels. The photograph illustrates one of the many wrecks were salvaged over the next two decades and were towed away for scrapping.

The scuttling of the German fleet carried out on 21 June 1919 took place at the Royal Navy's base at Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands, Scotland, after the First World War. The High Seas Fleet was interned there under the terms of the Armistice whilst negotiations took place over the fate of the ships, but Admiral Ludwig von Reuter decided to scuttle the fleet, however British guard ships beached 22 of the 74 interned vessels. The photograph illustrates one of the many wrecks were salvaged over the next two decades and were towed away for scrapping. Stock Photo
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De Luan / Alamy Stock Photo

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R8J1M4

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41.1 MB (4.9 MB Compressed download)

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4793 x 3000 px | 40.6 x 25.4 cm | 16 x 10 inches | 300dpi

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14 December 2018

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Scapa Flow, Orkney Islands, Scotland

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The scuttling of the German fleet took place at the Royal Navy's base at Scapa Flow,in the Orkney Islands, Scotland, after the First World War. The High Seas Fleet was interned there under the terms of the Armistice whilst negotiations took place over the fate of the ships. Fearing that all of the ships would be seized and divided amongst the allied powers Admiral Ludwig von Reuter decided to scuttle the fleet. The scuttling was carried out on 21 June 1919. Intervening British guard ships were able to beach a number of the ships, but 52 of the 74 interned vessels sank. The photograph illustrates one of the many wrecks were salvaged over the next two decades and were towed away for scrapping.

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