1 The Day the Fleet Went Down

, Start Time: 18:30, End Time: 19:30 Orkney Theatre The Meadows, Kirkwall KW15 1QN

A Johnsmas Foy

On 21st June 1919, in the first year of peace, a group of Stromness Academy pupils boarded the Flying Kestrel for a tour of the German High Seas Fleet which was interned between Hoy and mainland Orkney in the waters of Scapa Flow following the conflict of WWI. The school children found themselves to be witnesses to history as, at a signal from the German Rear Admiral, the large warships began to sink around them. The school pupils were caught up not only in an historic moment but in a dangerous situation as the suction of massive sinking battle cruisers threatened their little water-tender’s safety.

This Stromness Museum production tells this story through archive recordings, images and readings by descendants of those children one hundred years after the events which extended the history of the 1914-18 conflict into 1919

Howie Firth and Bryce Wilson                        Writers/Compilers

Kathleen Ireland and Lynn Campbell             Research and Production

Graham Garson                                              Director

In collaboration with Orkney Science Festival.






Tickets £17 Concessions £13

Duration 1 hour

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