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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A sheltered area of water in the Orkney Islands off northern Scotland. It was the site of the chief British naval base in both World Wars. The German fleet was scuttled here in June 1919 at the end of World War I.


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  • "Ferrol, call the Scapa Flow," he ordered the other.


  • Though what the hurry was for, Roman really couldn't say — by Yamoto's numbers, Ferrol and the Scapa Flow were a good six hours ahead of them already, and Amity's chances of tracking them down at this point were just fractionally above absolute zero.


  • A hero of the epic Battle of Jutland in the first world war, when his light cruiser fired the first shots after signalling an enemy in sight, the admiral was given the honour in 1918 of leading the defeated German High Seas fleet into the Royal Navy's base at Scapa Flow, in the Orkney Islands.

    British warships sunk 90 years ago found off Estonian coast

  • One of his books noted that he was a salvage expert and hard hat diver who worked upon the sunken German fleet at Scapa Flow.

    David Masters

  • Best of all, arguably, is the poem "Diagnosis", where long summer daylight over Scapa Flow brings together unsleeping gulls and an insomniac speaker, who must "keep watching waves/slosh to and fro over the dead ships", but who is actually seeing more than might be apparent:

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1982), p. 277 (“technological revolution”); Marder, Dreadnought to Scapa Flow, vol. 1, pp. 71, vii, 139 (“pensions”); Williamson, Politics of Grand Strategy, pp.

    The Prize

  • They were on their way to Scapa Flow, where they were going to get on a battleship and sail west to confer with the president of the United States.

    Human Smoke

  • A state visit was arranged for Hopkins, including an audience with the king and queen, tours of air-raid damage, meetings with Bomber Command, and a trip by private train to see the war boats at Scapa Flow.

    Human Smoke

  • GERMAN BOMBERS flew across the North Sea to Scapa Flow, a harbor in the Orkney Islands where there were English warships.

    Human Smoke

  • After the signing of the Armistice that ended the First World War in 1918, the warships of the defeated German Fleet were interned at anchorage at the main Royal Navy seabase at Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands in the north of Scotland.

    Scapa Flow


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