The settlement at the west of the sound is Baltasound.
On 12 March 1917, the World War I British E class submarine HMS E49 was heading out of Balta Sound on patrol when it struck a Naval mine laid by German U-boat SM UC-76. It was sunk in the channel between the islands of Huney and Balta with the loss of the entire crew. The site of the wreck is now designated as a war grave.
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