Posted on January 12, 2018
There were 189 on board HMS Opal and HMS Narborough as they set out to hunt German warships suspected of laying mines on the Scottish coast. Just one man – William Sissons – survived. It took two days for him to be rescued from the sea ledge where he sheltered. Scapa Flow, a protected bay in the archipelago, was the base for the British Navy’s Grand Fleet in World War One.