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15/07/01 - Day 14

Now meet the experts

Rob White reports

Bill Jurens and Dr Eric Grove have been hard at it today, drawing together their conclusions about what they saw as we filmed the wreck of 'Bismarck'. That's well over 16 hours of information to be assimilated - all of it new data, never before seen in such detail or so close-up.

Fortunately both of them have knowledge and skills in depth to rely on...

Bill Jurens

BILL is from Winnipeg in Canada. He's a teacher by profession - technical drafting is his speciality. Ideal for his current task, but he's been keenly interested in warship design and construction since he was a boy.

An Editor for 'Warship International', and a senior member of the United States Naval Institute, he's also a specialist in Marine Forensics - using scientific method to understand ship losses of every kind, but especially those of warships sunk in battle.

Added to those forensic skills is an expertise in big gun ballistics and aerodynamics, which enables him to analyze the dozens of heavy shell hits we witnessed on the wreck of 'Bismarck'.

Eric Grove

ERIC is increasingly in demand for TV warship documentaries in Britain and around the world. He appeared in Discovery/ITN Factual's 'The Mighty Hood', and also in Channel 4's major series 'The Battleships'.

His 'day job' is wider than that, however - as a defence analyst, lecturer and academic, specializing in modern naval history. As a lecturer at Dartmouth and Greenwich Royal Naval Colleges, he became used to challenging conventional opinion with new ideas.

Presently he's director of the Centre for Security Studies at the University of Hull. His books include 'Great Battles in Close-Up' and 'The Price of Disobedience' - a new examination of the battle of the River Plate.

It's going to be interesting indeed to hear what Bill and Eric have to say about both 'Bismarck' and 'Hood'!

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