On mid-Summer’s Day 1919 the interned German Grand Fleet was scuttled by their crews at Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands despite a Royal Navy guard force.
Greatly embarrassed, the Admiralty nevertheless confidently stated that none of the ships would ever be recovered.
Had it not been for the drive and ingenuity of one man there is indeed every possibility that they would still be resting on the sea bottom today.
Cox’s Navy tells the incredible true story of Ernest Cox, a Wolverhampton-born scrap merchant, who, despite having no previous experience, led the biggest salvage operation in history to recover the ships.
The 28,000 ton Hindenberg was the largest ship ever salvaged.
Not knowing the boundaries enabled Cox to apply solid common sense and brilliant improvisation, changing forever marine salvage practice during peace and war.
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Cox’s Navy – Salvaging the German High Seas Fleet at Scapa Flow 1924-1931