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Memorial to HMS Royal Oak - SMC036
HMS Royal Oak was a Royal Sovereign Class battleship that was sunk in Scapa Flow on the 13th of October 1939. She was torpedoed by U-47 and went down in under 11 minutes with the loss of many lives.
There is a memorial to the men who lost their lives on the Royal Oak in the north choir aisle of St Magnus Cathedral. The memorial incorporates a plaque, a book which records the names of all the men lost, and the bell of HMS Royal Oak which was recovered from the wreck.
Once every week a page in the memorial book is turned as a mark of ongoing remembrance of the men who lost their lives.