Lying in the bay near Lopness, the remains of a ship can be seen. This is a German Destroyer B98 from World War I. A participant in the Battle of Jutland. The German Fleet was interned in Scapa Flow at the end of the First World War and on 21 June 1919, orders were given by the German High Command to scuttle the whole fleet. Some remnants of the fleet were shared amongst the allies, one of these being the B98, which had operated as a mailboat. As it was being towed away, the B98 broke her tow and went aground in the Bay of Lopness. Much of the wreck was cut up for scrap in the 1940's and one of its guns is now on display at the Maritime Museum in Lyness, Orkney. The beach is very typical of the East side of Sanday and it's poignant to see this instrument of war lying stranded in such peaceful and tranquil surroundings.
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