Lost WWII wreck found 78 years after deadly attack
More than 800 men lost their lives when the HMS Royal Oak was torpedoed at anchor in 1939.
The wreck of a boat sunk during an attack on a Royal Navy warship has been found almost 80 years later.
More than 800 men lost their lives when the HMS Royal Oak was torpedoed at anchor in the Scapa Flow on October 14, 1939.
About 100 sailors attempted to escape the sinking battleship in her steam pinnace but the small boat only had a capacity of 59 and quickly capsized.
Some men were thrown into the freezing waters, while others were trapped inside.
The pinnace sank and was lost in the deep waters of the Scapa Flow for 78 years.
It has now been rediscovered by divers working with the University of the Highlands and Islands.
The Shiptime Maritime Archaeology Project pinpointed the location of the wreck using sonar and a dive survey was carried out by a team from SULA Diving.
Diver Wayne Allen said: "It was a privilege to be able to assist SULA Diving in recording these historically important sites."