HMS Vanguard Commemorations

8-9 Jul 2017

Various locations across Orkney
HMS Vanguard Commemorations

Commemorations will be held this summer to mark the huge loss of life caused when a Royal Navy battleship was blown apart at Scapa Flow in Orkney.

The events include:

  • A concert in St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, on 8 July, performed by an ensemble and Corps of Drums from the band of HM Royal Marines
  • Two modern Royal Navy vessels will take part in a wreath-laying service above the wreck of the Vanguard on 9 July
  • A service of commemoration at the Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery in Hoy, where 41 of the ship's crew were buried
  • A watch night service at St Magnus Cathedral will mark the moment when the ship went down at 23:20

There will be limited space aboard the vessels involved in the laying of wreaths above the wreck, so priority will be given to relatives who have travelled to Orkney for the occasion.

Many other people from our community will want to play their part in commemorating the loss of the Vanguard and her crew, and all are welcome at the services at Lyness Cemetery and back in the cathedral on 9 July.

More detailed information about the Vanguard commemorations will be published in the weeks ahead.

(Picture courtesy of Orkney Library Photographic Archive)