View Full Version : clearest images yet of Royal Oak in 3D and German Fleet

03-03-2007, 04:09 AM
These are the first 3D images of the Royal Oak, since she was torpedoed in 1939 (and the German Fleet) using the latest technology. The ADUS images, rendered in 3D by Chris Rowland, show the impact damage of the four torpedoes that sank the ship. These chilling images represent the highest level of detail ever produced from the wreck. One of the most powerful images is of the starboard side of the upturned hull in which a bite appears to have been taken out of the bow where the first torpedo struck shortly before 1am as the crew slept. At the other end of the 620ft hull the rudder mechanism is serenely unaffected.

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03-03-2007, 04:15 AM
Excellent find http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

03-03-2007, 04:21 AM
Thats incredible. I wish I knew more about this before I moved out of Durness.

03-03-2007, 05:03 AM
Amazing images http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

Fantastic find - thanks for sharing http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

03-03-2007, 06:42 AM

03-03-2007, 07:09 AM
Originally posted by Liddabit:
Thats incredible. I wish I knew more about this before I moved out of Durness.

I went on 'The Roving Eye' (http://www.orknet.co.uk/rov/rov.html) 'Explore the sunken German High Seas tour' (http://www.orknet.co.uk/rov/rov3.html) in 2005. It was quite incredible! On the way from Houton pier to the wrecks, you get to watch incredible B&W footage of the german fleet moored in Scapa and in action inc Royal Oak; That really helped get you in the mood and set the scene.
The wreck we went to 'see' was the Dresden II, viewed with the ROV (We watched onboard on a large colour TV). It descended to around 100ft and the water was crystal clear -as it is around Orkney. Urchins clung to the wreck as the ROV 'took us' to the bridge and main guns, still pretty easily identified. Very surreal...
The tours ends with us able to tour the island of Hoy, where there is an incredible museum (Scapa Flow Centre)(only reachable by the roving eye or by limited ferry) which contains the most amazing artifacts salvaged from the wrecks; shells, torpedoes, main guns, propellors, boilers and even the original 'Royal Oak name plate in solid brass -was stolen by a diver from the ship but returned due to a guilty conscious!

All in all, best experience i've had in my 43years!

03-03-2007, 08:00 AM
Outstanding find!


Steel is highly demanded. I wonder how long they will still stay there.

03-03-2007, 08:01 AM
The steel from that ship would still be usable :-O?

03-03-2007, 08:03 AM
Sure - they simply melt it again.

03-03-2007, 08:09 AM
That is weird. I always thought the ship was salvaged. I mean, during WW2 Britain was lacking every single resource, so i'd assume they would re-use the first-class steel from the wreck...

03-03-2007, 12:31 PM
A lot of the steel was indeed salvaged from the German fleet -not from the Royal Oak as it's an official war grave.
The steel back in the early 1900s (on the German Fleet) was of the purest form and reused in medical and sensitive instruments for eg.
Steel today is highly contaminated and doesn't have such pure qualities.