Scapa Flow


Also found in: Dictionary, Wikipedia.

Scapa Flow

(skăp`ə), area of water, 15 mi (24 km) long and 8 mi (12.9 km) wide, in the Orkney Islands, off N Scotland. It is bounded by the islands of Mainland, Graemsay, Burray, South Ronaldsay, and Hoy. Scapa Flow was Britain's main naval base in both world wars. Lyness, on Hoy, was the headquarters. The British vessel Vanguard exploded in Scapa Flow in July, 1917, and the German fleet was scuttled there in 1919. In Oct., 1939, a German submarine penetrated the area and sank the Royal Oak, causing the British fleet to withdraw until 1940. The Churchill Barrier was begun the same year to block the eastern entrance to Scapa Flow by sinking 250,000 tons of concrete in the sounds linking Mainland, Burray, South Ronaldsay, and two smaller eastern islands. The barrier now forms a causeway linking Mainland to South Ronaldsay. The naval base was closed in 1956.

Scapa Flow

an extensive landlocked anchorage off the N coast of Scotland, in the Orkney Islands: major British naval base in both World Wars. Length: about 24 km (15 miles). Width: 13 km (8 miles)
References in periodicals archive ?
ALL AT SEA MV Hamnavoe's time waiting in Scapa Flow as tracked by the Marine Traffic app.
To be in Scapa Flow, on the waters above the ship, our links with him feel so much more substantial.
Naval regional commander Scotland and Northern Ireland, Captain Chris Smith said the history of the Royal Navy and Scapa Flow were "tightly entwined.
The Sunday Mercury has been unable to contact Scapa Flow Charters for comment.
I can agree that a zoning principle can be adopted, and have suggested that these jet skiers should go to Scapa Flow, hoping they follow the rules established for this activity, and anything like it.
His father died at Scapa Flow early in the war and Dan is helping his widowed mother make ends meet.
vvb c Pharos (1920, Phalaris - Scapa Flow, by Chaucer).
HMS Royal Oak was the first battleship sunk in World War II; she lies in the waters of Scapa Flow, a natural harbour in the Orkney Islands which was used as the base for the Royal Navy's home fleet.
Known as "Chuckles" to his comrades, he joined the Royal Navy aged just 14 in 1915 and witnessed the scuttling of the German fleet at Scapa Flow in 1919.
The 300,000-dwt Malaysian Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) Bunga Kasturi Dua will arrive in Scapa Flow off Scotland's Orkney Islands and load two cargoes of Ekofisk in a ship-to-ship transfer from one of its own vessels and one cargo from an Italian Aframax, Orkney Harbour said on its website.
ANSWERS: The Sloth; 2 Seinfeld; 3 Castling; 4 Montague and Capulet; 5 U Thant; 6 Kilogram(kg); 7 Aarona Copland; 8 The Liberty Bell; 9 Touch Me; 10 Scapa Flow.
A full-scale search and rescue mission was launched after the alarm was raised when the man failed to return from an expedition in Scapa Flow.