11/07/01 - Day 10
More filming from the deep
Rob White reports
Along with the laying of the plaque carrying the Roll of Honour commemorating 'Bismarck's
dead went more extensive filming in the "debris field". Everywhere we looked, the
wreckage of the great ship revealed more of her secrets.
Evidence of the ferocity of the final battle was to be seen in the remains of one of
her gun directors - lying on its roof. Clearly visible is a huge hole torn along inside
the back of the director, probably by one of HMS 'Rodney's giant 16 inch shells.
The main mast
Not far away was what appeared to be a radar antenna. But appearances can be very deceptive
under these conditions. Our naval historian, Dr Eric Grove, concluded that the grille
clearly visible on the wreckage was of the wrong size for radar. He's still trying to
puzzle out what this is, checking through our collection of photographs and drawings.
A part of a mast can be seen, with what looks like radio gear still attached.
Director Gary Johnstone
Pictures like this don't just happen, though. Director Gary Johnstone guides the ROV
as it glides through the cold silence four and a half thousand metres below, making sure
that what we're filming captures the real-life drama of the 'Hood' - 'Bismarck' battle.
More picture of the Bismarck are available in the gallery section.