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12/07/01 - Day 11

A service of remembrance

Rob White reports

Just after 9.30 yesterday morning, we were gliding along the great trench cut in the sea bed as 'Bismarck' smashed into the ocean floor - and slid down the slope of the undersea volcano to where she now lies.


The great trench in the sea bed

Suddenly, out of the blue haze, appeared a great square shape - at a slight angle to us, looming up like a huge monument from the sea bed. It was the 'Bismarck'- her aircraft recognition swastika clearly visible as we rose over her stern.

Then followed a full day of filming. With Gary directing the ROV's moves, we systematically filmed the ship from end to end, combining three key requirements: televisual, historical and scientific.

Of particular interest to our two expert observers is the shell damage caused to the ship - like the hole blown in the thick steel seating of turret 'Dora'. (The German Navy called its 4 main gun turrets Anton, Bruno, Caesar and Dora, going from bow to stern.)


The service of remembrance

Though the huge main turrets tore out of her as she turned over when she sank, many of 'Bismarck's guns are still in place - along with some of her directors. But everywhere there are signs of the terrible destruction suffered on board as the Royal Navy peppered her with shells.

At the end of the day, we conducted a short and simple service in remembrance of those who died here. Dr Eric Grove read a lesson and a specially written prayer in German, which I repeated in English. Then Search Director David Mearns placed a wreath on the waters above 'Bismarck's last resting place.

More picture of the Bismarck are available in the gallery section.

Real video footage of the ship is available in the video clips 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