Tragedy marked 100 years on

The Herald - - NEWS -

THE 188 men who died when two war­ships ran aground in a snow­storm a cen­tury ago have been remembered at a cer­e­mony in Orkney.

The tragedy oc­curred in ter­ri­ble weather on the night of Jan­uary 12 1918.

The de­stroy­ers HMS Opal and HMS Nar­bor­ough were both wrecked on the rocks at South Ron­ald­say, re­sult­ing in the loss of all but one of the crew mem­bers on board the war­ships.

A gun­ner aboard the Opal, Able Sea­man Wil­liam Sis­sons, was res­cued two days later.

Those in­volved were remembered yes­ter­day at com­mem­o­ra­tive events in Orkney on the cen­te­nary of the disas­ter.

Wil­liam Sis­sons was the only sur­vivor.

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