Scapa Sundown by Jane Appelbee
Original textile art; painted, hand dyed, appliqué and machine stitched. Framed size 52cm W x 26cm H. White frame, grey mount, glazed. Image size 44cm W x 18cm H.
Scapa Flow, a popular diving destination, is a natural harbour located off the north coast of Scotland. Known for its archaeological significance, Scapa Flow holds a unique place in the maritime history as it preserves many fascinating war stories in it's depths. Derived from the Old Norse Skalpaflói, which means ‘bay of the long isthmus’, Scapa Flow refers to the thin strip of land between Scapa Bay and the Orkney island town of Kirkwall.
During World War I and World War II, due to its strategic location, the Admiralty used Scapa Flow as its principal naval anchorage. Thus, the water of Scapa Flow is now a historic wreck site as it has played a significant role in both the world wars which also remain as a unique underwater environment with its rich wildlife.