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At best it takes two years and, at worst, seven for water to be flushed out of Scapa Flow."
Following the end of the war in November 1918, the Von der Tann, along with most of the High Seas Fleet, was interned at Scapa Flow pending a decision by the Allies as to the fleet's fate.
The 53-year-old man, who has not been named, was exploring the wreck of the World War I battleship Markgraf in Scapa Flow.
1919: German sailors scuttled their eet of warships at Scapa Flow in the Orkneys.
The most exciting dive he has done was at Scapa Flow, in the Orkney Islands, where the cream of the German battle fleet was scuttled after World War I.
It is believed to have been originally fired by the U-47 in 1939, when the German sub crept into Scapa Flow and launched a devastating attack on the pride of the Royal Navy, the Royal Oak.
The men died after being shot by Royal Navy personnel when the High Seas Fleet was deliberately scuttled in Scapa Flow.
HMS Vanguard sank after an accidental explosion in Scapa Flow, off Orkney, on July 9, 1917.
Midland-born Claude Stanley Choules, who was known as "Chuckles" by his comrades, joined the Royal Navy aged just 14 and witnessed the scuttling of the German fleet at Scapa Flow in 1919.
NAVAL engineers are to make a new attempt to stem the seepage of oil from the battleship, Royal Oak, lying at the bottom of Scapa Flow.
Scapa Flow on Orkney, where most of the British vessels involved were stationed, will also be the focus of commemorations on May 31.