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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.


The main mast

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.

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.


Director Gary Johnstone

A part of a mast can be seen, with what looks like radio gear still attached.

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.





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


25/07/01
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