Just down the road from us…    a WW2 German torpedo has been blown up with a controlled explosion in Scapa Flow.

This torpedo was one of the ones fired at HMS Royal Oak in the first, failed attack run by the U47 in October 1939.  After re-positioning, the U-boat attacked again and this time sank the Royal Oak with the loss of 835 lives.

This is the second unexploded torpedo to be found and detonated in recent years near the Royal Oak. Great care was taken to move the torpedo away from the wreck (now a designated War Grave) before it was detonated by a Royal Navy team. Because the operation took place underneath the flight path to Kirkwall airport, flights had to be suspended for three hours.

You can see the explosion by clicking this link. Turn up the volume for the full effect…


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