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Iconic Naval Gun From SMS Bremse Returns Renewed to Scapa Flow Museum

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Three months ago a rare naval gun from German High Seas Fleet Ship SMS Bremse – one of only five First World War German naval guns surviving in the UK – was sent south for conservation.

It’s now back at Scapa Flow Museum.

After decades outside in the Orkney climate, the gun – which was so iconic at Scapa Flow Museum, standing ominously at the approach to the Museum for many years – made a voyage across the Firth late last year on its way south for conservation.

It is one of only five remaining First World War German naval guns surviving in the UK – of which Scapa Flow Museum has three.

Now, after covering several hundred miles and battling through Orkney’s famously windy weather it has arrived back in the county – and Orkney Islands Council’s Museums team is excited to share it with you!

It is now installed at the newly re-developed Scapa Flow Museum, in the Romney Hut, where visitors will be able to admire its freshly conserved grandeur when the museum reopens to the public on 2 March.

It’s restoration wouldn’t have been possible without funding from OIC and the National Heritage Lottery Fund, and couldn’t be delivered without the expertise and exceptional care of Heddle Construction, Ian Clark Restoration, Allelys Heavy Haulage and Orkney Ferries.

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