WARTIME ORKNEY, COAST BATTERIES

stanger head_flotta RMARRStanger head, Flotta From a black & white medium format series of coast batteries, Viewpoint. More from that series here.

During the war Orkney was the most significant of locations and watching the seas was of critical importance. Now the same seascapes seen from the crumbling towers are watched for their natural drama, a different view from the same point.

The buildings themselves stand as witness to a different world when Orkney’s population swelled to over three times in size. Thousands of troops were stationed in the batteries around the coast to watch the seas and skies. The eerily silent buildings sit on remote edges, home now to ravens and cattle, sheep and swallows. Walkers take shelter from the wind and, like the troops, take in the panorama watching the seas and the skies.

ness.138Ness Battery, Stromness. From the Director Tower

 

feb09.089Ness Battery, Stromness.

 

ness.064Wooden accommodation huts at Ness Battery, Stromness

 

ness.190Links, Ness

 

ness.191Links, Ness

 

feb09.113Links, Ness

 

balfour.106Baflour, Hoxa, South Ronaldsay

 

21june.049Bu, Hoy

 

cara.039Cara, South Ronaldsay

 

flottajune.113Neb, Flotta

 

flottajune.123Neb, Flotta

 

april09.102-1Stanger Head, Flotta

 

july.057Stanger Head, Flotta

 

sep09.083Z-battery, Flotta

 

graemsay.033Hoy Low, Graemsay

 

graemsay2.051Hoy Low, Graemsay

 

houton.626-1Houton

 

rerwick.041Rerwick

 

rerwick.048Rerwick

 

hoy0309.062-1Scad Head, Hoy

 

hoy0309.101Scad Head, Hoy

 

hoy0309.009Wee Fea communications centre, Lyness

 

hoy0309.013Wee Fea communications centre, Lyness

 

13Jul.168Yesnaby guns