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about a year ago a fisherman from Wick NE Scotland gave me a number of wreck marks around Orkney.
Last week a boat from Stromness was up in the Northern Isles diving on the 2 U boats U 102 and U 92. While there I asked the skipper Andy if he wanted to look at a possile new wreck? a quick chat with the group and they were all up for it.

What they found is really a bit of a mystery. The wreck is very large, about 100 meters long, no sign of boilers or steam engine but what appears to be a diesel engine near the stern. A sailing ship with Aux engine?

the only loss that may come near size wise in the large german sailing ship
Tamara XII. She was not built with an aux engine but may have been fitted with one in the very early 20s?

attached is the newspaper cutting about the loss of Tamara XII

THE ORCADIAN. Thursday February 22nd, 1923.

The Toll of the sea.

Wreckage washed ashore in Orkney.

Steamer lost off Suleskerry.

Master & Mate dead.

Fate of Ship TAMARA XII.

Ships boat with body at Sanday.

Gallant Effort by Longhope men.

Engulfed by mountainous seas.

The Strong easterly winds continued unabated on Saturday and news of a vessel in distress reached Kirkwall shortly after 7 o'clock in the evening. The lighthouse keeper on Copinshay was the first to observe the signals of distress, which came from a ship, which was between Copinshay and Pentland Skerries.
The vessel when observed was apparently illuminated with electric light. Later reports stated that these bright lights had given place to a dim one, and later this to disappeared.

LIFEBOATS CALLED OUT. The Stromness and Longhope lifeboats were summoned and launched with all possible speed. The Stromness boat reached Holm, the intention being to enlist the services of a pilot to take the boat through the obstructions in Holm Sound. This however was found unnecessary as by the time Holm was reached the lights of the vessel had disappeared. The Stromness lifeboat therefore returned to Stromness.

The Longhope lifeboat notwithstanding the terrible conditions at sea, gamely made its way through the Pentland Firth, and cruised for some time between the Pentland Skerries and Copinshay. The crew were unsuccessful in their search however, and regretfully were forced to return to port.
With the coming of daylight on Sunday the lighthouse keepers eagerly scanned the troubled waters but could find no trace of any vessel. This led to the surmise that the vessel had either foundered or had only been temporarily disabled and been able to proceed on her voyage.

THE MYSTERY UNSOLVED. On Sunday and Monday our representatives made exhausted enquiries but no definite information as to the vessels fate was obtainable.

DISASTER FEARED. On Monday reports came to hand that wreckage has been washed ashore on a number of the islands. Part of a ships boat marked Tamarax II, was reported. This may have been mis-read for Tamara XII ., a sailing vessel according to Lloyds list of some 1700 tons. Tamara XII left Leith on 6th February. Large quantities of wreckage have been passing Copinshay for some days, including seaman's bunks; planks and a part of a mahogany table have also come ashore.
At Deerness, a lifebuoy marked, Jupiter, Bergen - the name of the regular mail steamer which sails between Newcastle & Bergen- was picked up, as also lifebuoy's marked Hamburg at various places in the East Mainland. It was reported from Copinshay that papers, which may have belonged to a German vessel, had been found.
From Shapinsay news came of a deck house being washed ashore but there was no indication as to the name of the ship to which it belonged, but it was of a larger type than found on trawlers.
From Eday word was received that a door with the words ''officers Mess-room'' had been found, as well as other wreckage including the ''billboard'' for an anchor, apparently belonging to a vessel of some size.
On Tuesday, news came to Kirkwall that a ships figurehead of some considerable size had come ashore at Howquoy Head, Holm.
On Monday, forenoon, the trawler Star of the Realm arrived at Longhope and reported the picking up of two bodies off Suleskerry. The trawler also had on board survivors of the steamer Valur, of Hull, which had been lost off the Orkneys. Our Stromness correspondent in this column relates to the foundering of this vessel while an account of a mishap to a Grimsby trawler is also reported.


The following message was received by the Orcadian on Tuesday, which seems to definitely settle the fate of the Tamara XII . A ships boat marked ''Tamara XII, Hamburg'' with the body of a young man aboard wearing a lifebelt, was picked up by Mr Donald Tulloch, Fish house, below Scofferland, near Start Sound at 10 am this morning. The boat was badly damaged. Tamara XII was built by W. Pickersgill at Sunderland, in 1892 and christened Naworth Castle. She is a steel full-rigged sailing ship of 1767 tons register. Later the vessel was purchased by a German Firm and renamed Tarpenbek; later still was renamed Tamara XII, and is probably owned in Russia. Tamara XII left Leith on 6th February, for Hamburg, thus encountering the full force of recent gales. It is unlikely that the ship showing distress signals off Copinshay on Saturday night was the Tamara XII, as wreckage which may have belonged to that vessel was picked up as early as Friday last.

Further trips are planned to this wreck, she is deep, 86 meters, anyone interested pm me and i will get things arranged

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