On the night of Friday 13 October 1939, German U-boat Commander Gunther Prien penetrated the British Navy’s main anchorage at Scapa Flow and sank HMS Royal Oak. 833 men lost their lives in one of the worst tragedies in British Naval History.
The wreck of HMS Royal Oak is a war grave and all diving is prohibited.
By special permission of the Ministry of Defence and the Royal Navy, the wreck was filmed to create this record – a moving tribute to all those who lost their lives.
The video includes underwater images of the wreck never seen before.
There are interviews with survivors including Orcadian Sandy Robertson, the first diver to go on the wreck the day after she sank.
Another unique event is also commemorated: the grandson of one of the crewmen places the ashes of his grandmother on the wreck, reuniting the couple once again.
The final credits include the names of all who lost their lives in the tragedy.
Running time: 50 mins
Narrator: Tom Fleming
Director: Peter Rowlands
Producer: Ocean Optics Ltd