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Northern Horizon departs from Cork

Northern Horizon

Northern Horizon - search vessel

Channel 4 and ITN's project to find the wreck of the Hood is finally underway. The survey ship, Northern Horizon, set sail from Cork at 11pm last night.

The Hood project is her most ambitious to date, but Northern Horizon is used to difficult tasks. Latest voyages include the discovery of the wrecks of two Phoenician trading ships dating back to 750 BC. Last year she sailed to the Black Sea in a bid to find the remains of Noah's Ark.

As she departed, Search Director David Mearns of Blue Water Recoveries is pleased with her progress so far.

"As we got Northern Horizon ready" David reports, "the deck looked like Spaghetti Junction! We had an army of riggers, welders and technicians crawling over every inch of it. But mobilization produced no serious problems - with all our heavy gear, cranes, cable wheels and winches going in OK."

Ted Briggs

Ted Briggs - in Cork

And David is as confident of his team - and Channel 4's - as he is of the ship. "I feel good about them" he said. "All 22 coming on board are about as experienced in their field as you can get - and that experience will enable us to fix any problems we encounter on the search."

Ted Briggs, the last remaining survivor of Hood's sinking, was also in Cork to wish the expedition good luck.

"I'm looking forward very much to joining the Channel 4 team for the act of remembrance at the site of the sinking of our great navy", he said from the harbour.

Full Listing
26/07/01 -
Finally - a service of remembrance

The Hood Photo Appeal

25/07/01 -
More big discoveries

23/07/01 -
She's found!

22/07/01 -
Keeping in position

21/07/01 -
Tracking the ocean floor

20/07/01 -
Sonar finds "promising target"

19/07/01 -
Combing the search box

18/07/01 -
Transfers and goodbyes

17/07/01 -
Meet the search team

16/07/01 -
Meet the survey team

15/07/01 -
Meet the experts

14/07/01 -
Meet the film crew

13/07/01 -
Farewell to the Bismarck

12/07/01 -
A service of remembrance

11/07/01 -
More filming from the deep

10/07/01 -
The Bismarck plaque is laid

09/07/01 -
The Bismarck is found!

07/07/01 -
Staying on track

06/07/01 -
The sonar is finally launched

05/07/01 -
More frustration for the team

04/07/01 -
Rough weather halts progress

03/07/01 -
Expedition to film the Bismarck

03/07/01 -
Holding a steady course

02/07/01 -
Northern Horizon leaves Cork

28/06/01 -
David Mearns in Webchat

27/06/01 -
ITN's Rob White reports from the ship