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Hesta Head

A headland on the east coast of the island of South Ronaldsay, Hesta Head lies a mile (1.5 km) south southeast of Lythes and 12½ miles (20 km) south of Kirkwall.

The British destroyers HMS Opal and HMS Narborough struck Hesta Head during a blizzard while returning to Scapa Flow from patrol on the 12th January 1918. All but one member of their combined crews were lost.

Hesta Rock lies immediately to the south.


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