Battle of Jutland Commemoration
Sanday and the Battle of Jutland…
…the B-98 and the U-70
Orkney has a leading part in the UK's national commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland in late May and early June this year.
We here on Sanday have links to this historic confrontation between British and German fleets. As far as we know the wreck of the German B-98 torpedoboat/ destroyer that lies in Lopness Bay is the only vessel from the battle that may still be seen in Orkney.
The B-98 was the lead boat in the 2nd Flotilla of torpedoboat/destroyers, and was in the thick of the action. At the end of the war, after the German fleet was interned in Scapa Flow, the B-98 was used as a mailboat between Scapa Flow and its home port of Wilhelmshaven.
Sanday Development Trust’s Heritage Group is arranging a special day to commemorate the stories of the B-98 and the U-70 which also took part in the battle. The U-70 ran aground near Start Point on its way to search out enemy boats later in the waters around Orkney. It jettisoned part of its load and was able to refloat the next day.
An exhibition highlighting the involvement of these two ships will be on display, in Sanday’s Heritage Centre; opening on May 31st, the centenary of the Battle, then throughout the summer.
Battle of Jutland Commemoration Day: Saturday June 4th on Sanday
3 venues: Heritage Centre, Community School, and later at the Lopness site of the stranded B-98
from 0900… Heritage Centre (featuring a special display explaining Sanday’s connections with two German vessels, the B-98 torpedoboat-destroyer and the U-70 U-boat, both of which were involved in the Battle of Jutland).
1200… Community School: A lunchtime talk/presentation by Angus Konstam, whose new book Jutland 1916 will be published in May.
1300… Buffet lunch
1330… Music by the Belkie Allsorts
1345… Short talk about the naval career of Lt-Commander Heinrich Schuur, commander of the Flotilla of which the B-98 was lead boat – by his grandson, retired Rear Admiral Heinrich Schuur.
1400… Exchange of gifts between Heinrich Schuur and Sanday Heritage Group
Sanday and the strange stories of the B-98 and U-70 this new leaflet will be added to the range of Development Trust leaflets, and will be available
1415… Short presentation by Mark Littlewood & Sandra Henry (UHI/Orkney College) outlining their proposal to make a 3-D survey of the B-98 at Lopness
(the timings of the various events at the Community School are approximate, but will end in plenty of time for everyone to travel to the Lopness Picnic site; there may be time to call in at the Heritage Centre on the way)
1600… Lopness Picnic Site: Unveiling of new Interpretation panel at the Lopness Picnic site, followed by a close-up inspection of the B-98 at Lopness (gumboots strongly recommended)
(there will, again, be time for people attending this event to go back to the Heritage Centre en route for the evening ferry, but those with cars should leave Lopness to head for the ferry terminal by 1730 at the latest)
There will be no charge for any of these events or for admission to the Heritage Centre, Croft and replica Burnt Mound but donations are welcomed to support their upkeep and maintenance.
Visitors/residents on mainland Orkney are able to travel to Sanday for the day, by ferry:
Depart Kirkwall 0740 Arrive Sanday 0905
Depart Sanday 1815 Arrive Kirkwall 1940
It is advisable to bring a car for the day; book early by contacting Orkney Ferries 01856 872 044.
Foot passengers should make arrangements for travel from Sanday ferry terminal (contact the Sanday Bus coordinators on 01857 600 438 or 07513 084 777.
For any further details, please contact:-
Roderick Thorne, Nearhouse, Sanday, Orkney, KW17 2BW
Myra Stockton, East Cott, Sanday, Orkney, KW17