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GrenPen

Naval Aviation in the Orkneys

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GrenPen

Hello,

 

Is it the case there were three bases in Orkney:

 

Caldale Airship Station - Airships and kite balloons

Scapa Seaplane Station - self explanatory, located on Scapa beach

Loch Stenness Seaplane Station - self explanatory

 

Regards

GP

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seaJane

I think I've heard of one more but don't quote me. 

 

Probably worth either asking the Fleet Air Arm Museum Archive (Google for details) or going to archive.org and searching Navy List 1914 (etc) then checking the index at the front of each volume to see what pages they have the Air Stations listed on - you can then 'leaf' through the scanned book.

 

sJ  

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robbie56

Seaplane base Kirkwall bay ? Ramp and control tower still there but may be ww2 but I doubt it.

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horatio2

Operated by the RN (i.e. pre-4/1918):-

SMOOGROO - Kite Balloons

SCAPA - Seaplanes/flying boats

HOUTON BAY - Seaplanes/flying boats

CALDALE - Airships and kite balloons

KIRKWALL BAY - Seaplanes/flying boats

plus the following opened under RAF:-

PIEROWALL/WESTRAY - sea planes/flying boats forward base from 8/1918

STENNES - flying boats from 5/1918.

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seaJane

I believe the last should be spelt Stenness, if I may be so bold.

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horatio2

sJ - you may be so bold - but I have also seen it spelled STENNES (it appears thus in a WW1 Gazetteer (e.g. Cross & Cockade)).

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seaJane

Fair enough. It was Stenness when I went there last year, if indeed the same place is intended.

 

TNA's Discovery catalogue is no help whatsoever...

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GrenPen

Thank you all for the assistance rendered.

Best regards

GP

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Muerrisch

Bloody Orkney

This bloody town's a bloody cuss 
No bloody trains, no bloody bus, 
And no one cares for bloody us 
In bloody Orkney.

The bloody roads are bloody bad, 
The bloody folks are bloody mad, 
They'd make the brightest bloody sad, 
In bloody Orkney.

All bloody clouds, and bloody rains, 
No bloody kerbs, no bloody drains, 
The Council's got no bloody brains, 
In bloody Orkney.

Everything's so bloody dear, 
A bloody bob, for bloody beer, 
And is it good? - no bloody fear, 
In bloody Orkney.

The bloody 'flicks' are bloody old, 
The bloody seats are bloody cold, 
You can't get in for bloody gold 
In bloody Orkney.

The bloody dances make you smile, 
The bloody band is bloody vile, 
It only cramps your bloody style, 
In bloody Orkney.

No bloody sport, no bloody games, 
No bloody fun, the bloody dames 
Won't even give their bloody names 
In bloody Orkney.

Best bloody place is bloody bed, 
With bloody ice on bloody head, 
You might as well be bloody dead, 
In bloody Orkney 

There's nothing greets your bloody eye 
But bloody sea and bloody sky,
'Roll on demob!' we bloody cry
In bloody Orkney.


Hamish Blair

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trajan

Lovely one! Of course, having been there only as a visitor, summertime, about 12 times, well - I love the place! My dream place to retire to...

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seaJane

Certainly has one of the widest chronological ranges of archaeology and history I've ever seen!

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