Definitive Scapa Flow guide updated

Rod Macdonald’s sought-after publication given 21st century makeover

Author: Pat
12th May 2017
 

Scapa Flow wrecks - a wreck diving paradise

An essential dive guide to the wrecks of Scapa Flow is being republished as a new edition, featuring revised illustrations and 3D maps of the famous German fleet.

‘Dive Scapa Flow’ by technical dive author Rod Macdonald is arguably THE definitive guide to diving the fabled wrecks of one of the world’s greatest wreck diving locations.

revised illustrations and new 3D maps

For 2017 Rod has completely re-written his book as a ‘centenary edition’, marking the 100th anniversary of the scuttling of the 74 warships of the interned German High Seas Fleet at Scapa Flow in 1919.

The dark depths of Scapa Flow conceal the remains of several of the Kaiser’s WWI High Seas Fleet.

Three massive 575 feet long 26,000-ton König-class battleships await exploration – these are huge underwater mountains where divers can see the last 12-inch big guns to have fired at British warships at the Battle of Jutland in 1916.

Also popular are the four 5,000-ton, 500-foot long ‘kleiner kreuzers’, Brummer, Cöln, Dresden and Karlsruhe, which lie on their beam-ends open for inspection.

Debris also remains on the seabed of many other High Seas Fleet vessels as they themselves were lifted to the surface during the greatest feat of underwater salvage that has ever taken place.

The book includes a new chapter on the fate of Scapa Flow’s off-limits war graves – HMS Royal Oak, torpedoed at the beginning of WWII and HMS Vanguard, which blew up in a catastrophic magazine explosion in 1917.

The centenary edition of ‘Dive Scapa Flow’ publishes in June 2017 from Whittles Publishing, priced £30.

 
 
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