Lost Fleet of WWI

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At the end of WWI, 74 of the most powerful warships of the German High Seas fleet disappear into the depths of Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands. We follow maritime archaeologist, Innes McCartney and historian, Nick Jellicoe on a unparalleled underwater survey as they interrogate the motives, actions, and outcome of the greatest scuttle and act of defiance in wartime history.



Assassins of the Deep

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Three different German U-Boat wrecks from WW1 and WW2 tell the story of the threat posed by the unseen weapons of war. Maritime archaeologist, Innes McCartney, finds the UC66, the first German U-Boat to be sunk by a plane. The otherwise successful U-87 discovered in the Irish Sea was rammed by an Allied ship. And the identity of the rubber coated U480 confirms the German success in developing stealth technology.



Danger Ahead

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Two sinkings almost exactly 100 years apart; one in 1914, the other in 2015 show that tragedy at sea is never far away if human error is involved. The Empress of Ireland, a liner, sinks in the St Lawrence in 1914 resulting in a huge loss of life. The ill-fated container ship, the El Faro, lost in 2015 in a hurricane asks even with advances in modern technology can travel by ship ever be safe?



Failed Invasions

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The stories of two of the greatest failed invasions in the history of naval warfare. In 1588 King Philip II of Spain assembled his Armada to sail to England and overthrow Queen Elizabeth I. Centuries later, the Allies make massive military miscalculations when their fleet is crushed by Turkish artillery in the Dardanelles. Questions remain around the dramatic sinking of French battleship Bouvet.



Scotland's Sea Secrets

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Over 100 years ago, two great First World War warships sank in the waters surrounding Orkney, their final moments shrouded in mystery. Rod Macdonald leads an investigation into the HMS Hampshire, which sank with the famous Lord Kitchener on board. Whilst in Scapa Flow, Emily Turton examines the wreck of HMS Vanguard, looking for clues as to how this great battleship disappeared in a matter of minutes.