The picture above is the wedding ring belonging to a Royal Navy sailor of HMS Opal which was in the seabed for almost 90 years. Though the wedding ring was recovered by amateur divers Bob Hamilton and Peter Brady almost a year back it took so long for the two divers to successfully trace the members of the Royal Navy sailor and his wife.
Some of the interesting features of the wedding ring are:
- HMS Opal ran aground along with HMS Narborough in a snowstorm on January 12, 1918 at Windwick Bay, off the island of South Ronaldsay and 188 sailors were lost in the tragedy.
- The gold band, engraved ‘To Stanley from Flo, March 1916′ was found by the two divers from the wreck of HMS Opal.
- The wedding ring was found to belong to Ernest Stanley Cubiss, a sailor of HMS Opal. ‘Flo’ was his wife, who he married in 1917.
- The divers traced successfully Stanley’s 78-year-old nephew, Malcolm Cubiss and Flo’s nephew, Mike Forster.
- Malcolm Cubiss has now gifted the wedding ring along with three of Stanley’s medals, Stanley and Flo’s marriage licence, a photograph of Stanley in uniform and a ticket to the Grand Dance at the Town Hall, Lerwick, for one gentleman and two ladies for display at the Scapa Flow Visitor Centre.
- The wedding ring is now at Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and museum in Orkney for display from September 03.
OldSailor salutes Bob Hamilton and Peter Brady for their efforts,dedication and good work.
Read more about the wedding ring from Royal Navy.
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