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The wreck of the Hampshire was surveyed on two occasions once in 1977 and then again 1983. During the 1983 Survey its 43 ton bronze propeller and drive shaft were illegally salvaged by a foreign salvage company. This wreck is a war grave and nothing should be removed from it. The prop was later returned to Lyness museum, Orkney after international protests.
The results of these two surveys confirm the 'official' Admiralty version that the Hampshirestruck a mine. The evidence is that plating at the bow where the explosion took place was blown inwards and not outwards as one would expect with an internal explosion.
Each of the pictures below are of items salvaged from H.M.S. Hampshire and all are now on display at the Scapa Flow Visitor Centre, Lyness, Hoy, Orkney. Telephone: (01856) 791300.
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