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13/07/01 - Day 12

Bidding farewell to the Bismarck

Rob White reports

Today we said farewell to 'Bismarck'. On a gently rolling sea, we brought back the ROV from its journey to the bottom of the Atlantic depths.

Filming with the splash bag

Even despite the relative calm, getting this system back on board is not a task to be taken lightly -not when you've got heavy equipment like this.

The system is in fact in two parts: the 'depressor', which weights the long cable from the ship down to stop it yanking at at the ROV while it's floating in the ocean depths (and converts the ROV's signal to get it back up that long wire); and the ROV itself.

The depressor weighs a ton, the ROV more than twice as much - and neither is to be trifled with as it comes back on deck.

Meanwhile Gary and our cameraman Mike Robinson took one of our cameras for a dip. You DEFINITELY shouldn't try this at home unless you've got what they've got - a 'splash bag'. This is a zipped-up waterproof container which enables you to put the camera in the sea.

Heading north

You can operate it too, and it floats. But it's still a difficult task in a boat rising and falling by a metre or two as you try to get the shot right.

By evening, we were well on our way - 9 knots, heading North-North-West, to our next task: find and film the wreck of what was once Britain's greatest warship: the mighty 'Hood'.

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

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