Centenary of the WWI Armistice

Supported by the National Lottery
through the Heritage Lottery Fund

To mark the centenary of the Armistice which ended the fighting in World War I, North Queensferry Heritage Trust will present an exhibition focussed on a major event which took place on our doorstep, with national and international significance. . .

Destination Forth

– WWI –

The Last Act and Beyond

The Surrender of the German High Seas Fleet in the Forth, November 1918

The Forth Bridge Heritage Centre at the Railway Station will exhibit images, audio and video clips related to the event.

Hear first-hand accounts of the surrender from W.B.Adam a lowly midshipman,
Commodore Tweedie in charge of the destroyer flotillas of the Grand Fleet,
his eight-year-old daughter Mona,
and Lord Cameron, who was then a Midshipman RNVR.

Read how the news was reported on facsimiles of historic booklets.

Follow Beatty’s sailing orders to the Grand Fleet on Admiralty charts from 1918

Examine the log-book of HMS Cardiff which led the High Seas Fleet from “Rendezvous X” to their anchorage in the Forth

Watch film clips from news reporters on board the ships in the Forth and Submarines at Harwich.

The Fisherman’s Hut next to the The Light Tower will focus on the role played by Communications in WWI.

You can create secret messages in code, and send naval signals by flag, to the Museum in South Queensferry, who are hosting a complementary exhibition from July 2018.

You can also try your skill at code-breaking and enter our on-line Code Breaking Competition

On selected weekends in November, we will be running an amateur radio station from this site.
Call sign GB1FB. QSL cards will be available.

Walking tours

As well as self-guided walks round the village and peninsula; later this year we will be running a series of expert-led walks round some of the WWI military sites in the village.

Details will be published HERE.

This web-site will provide background material related to events of 1918:

The stories of the fallen who died in WWI and WWII commemorated on the
North Queensferry War Memorial

Naval Communications in WWI – wireless, Aldis lamp, signal flags, codes. Brush up your knowledge before visiting the exhibition in the Fisherman’s Hut or entering our code-breaking competition.

The progression of Naval Warfare from the Victory at Trafalgar to the mighty Dreadnoughts of WWI.

The Emergence of Germany as a nation state with global ambitions, and a plan to defeat the Royal Navy.

The creation of new Naval Bases particularly Rosyth and the evolution of their defences in response to the growing threat in the North Sea.

The genesis of Naval Air Power, and the first Naval Air Station in Scotland at North Queensferry. The Royal Naval Air Service and The Royal Flying Corps amalgamated to form the R.A.F. in 1918.

The outbreak of war, and highlights of key Naval Battles of WWI

The events leading to the signing of the Armistice on 11th November 1918

The Surrender of Germany’s High Seas Fleet in the Forth, and their submarines at Harwich.

The subsequent Scuttling of the surface fleet at Scapa Flow, and how this accelerated the negotiation of the Versailles Peace Treaty in 1919.