COX'S NAVY: Salvaging the German High Seas Fleet at Scapa Flow 1924-1931

By Tony Booth

On Mid-Summer's Day 1919, the interned German Grand Fleet used to be scuttled via their crews at Scapa circulation within the Orkney Islands regardless of a Royal army defend strength. enormously embarrassed, the Admiralty however hopefully acknowledged that not one of the ships might ever be recovered. Had it no longer been for the force and ingenuity of 1 guy there's certainly each hazard that they'd nonetheless be resting at the sea backside today.

Cox's military tells the really good actual tale of Ernest Cox, a Wolverhampton-born scrap service provider, who, regardless of having no past event, led the largest salvage operation in background to get better the ships. The 28,000 ton Hindenberg was once the biggest send ever salvaged. no longer realizing the limits enabled Cox to use sturdy logic and wonderful improvisation, altering endlessly marine salvage perform in the course of peace and warfare.

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