Fetlar Museum Digitisation Project

<< Fetlar Interpretive Centre Web Site



World War 1
this collection consists largely of two albums of remarkable images taken by the Nicolson family from ships of the British fleet from 1914 to 1919. Three of the Nicolson sons - Arthur J., Harold Stanley ("Stanley") and Lionel, were officers in the Royal Naval Reserve on ships of the British fleet during World War 1. Stanley Nicolson, who was particuarly interested in photography, was amongst the inspection party which boarded German ships as they surrendered in the Forth, and he was also present when the fleet was scuttled at Scapa Flow in Orkney.

His remarkable collection of pictures not only details these events, but also shows rare images of German sailors on board their vessels, some of whom may not have survived the subsequent sinking of their ship. The images also show the crews of the British fleet at work and leisure. It is a truly remarkable record, and we hope that by making it available to the world via the Web we are adding important images to the international documentation from this period.

Click on a thumbnail picture below to view a larger image and a full detailed description.
German battleship Baden interned at Scapa - 1919 German battleship Grosser Kurfürst interned at Scapa - 1919 German battleship Friedrich der Grosse interned at Scapa - 1919 German battle cruiser Hindenburg interned at Scapa - 1919 German battle cruiser Seidlitz interned at Scapa - 1919 Bows of the Seidlitz at Scapa - 1919
<< Back to the Main Front Page
Click on a thumbnail picture below to view a larger image and a full detailed description.
German light cruiser Brummer, interned at Scapa - 1919 Unknown naval officer and Sir Arthur T.B.R. Nicolson at Brough - between 1914 and 1917 German light cruiser Emden interned at Scapa - 1919 German light cruiser Dresden interned at Scapa - 1919 H.M. Trawler Chirsin alongside German Light Cruiser Emden at Scapa - 1919 Interned German sailors in Emden at Scapa - 1919
<< Back to the Main Front Page

Funded by:
Heritage Lottery Fund
Heritage Lottery Fund

© Fetlar Interpretive Centre
Beach of Houbie, Fetlar, Shetland, ZE2 9DJ
Tel: 01957 733206 email: info@fetlar.com