Tragedy marked 100 years on
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.