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Remembering the Russian Convoys

The Hoy community played host today to visitors who arrived to remember the Allied service men who sailed from Scapa Flow to protect the convoys which carried vital supplies to Russia during World War 2. Timofey Kunitskiy of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Edinburgh made his third visit to Orkney, to be here on 9th May when Russia remembers the country's great sacrifice during World War 2.



Jean Gillespie started a short memorial service by telling the story of the Russian tanker Azerbaijan, which unusually had a majority female crew when it sailed in the ill fated PQ17 Convoy. After it dispersed Azerbaijan was hit and set on fire by German planes, but the crew quelled the flames and delivered its linseed oil cargo to Archangel on 24th July 1942. After wreaths were laid by the Royal British Legion, Timofey and the Hoy Trust, children of North Walls Junior High School placed Rembrance Crosses at the memorial. Timofey thanked all who had attended and expressed his gratitude for the extensive work that had been carried out to improve the setting of the memorial since his last visit.



. . . .   AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN, AND IN THE MORNING . . . .