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16/07/01 - Day 15

Meet the survey team

Rob White reports

While the Northern Horizon sails north to the Hood's search area, Rob White continues his look at the team that make this extraordinary expedition possible.

Jim Mercer

JIM MERCER is an experienced hand at this kind of an operation - he's a key figure at Blue Water Recoveries, who range the world's oceans on every kind of deepsea work: from cable surveys to salvage, and, of course wreck finding.

On this voyage he's our electronic systems superintendent - tasked to make sure all the complicated systems we're using work together. He's also a key figure when the ROV and the sidescan sonar are at depth, working closely with Search Director David Mearns.

Chris Jones

Without CHRIS JONES we wouldn't know where we were - literally. He's our navigator.

When the ROV and the sidescan sonar are deployed, it's his job to make sure we get to the right place and stay there. This also enables us to make the best use of our time; vitally important, as wind and weather can overturn the best-laid plans when you're at sea.

Chris works for Thales Geosolutions, whose speciality is navigation and discovery in the most difficult parts of the earth - and the "inner space" of the sea.

Will Handley

WILL HANDLEY is our camera specialist. When Chris has got us to where we need to be (and is keeping us there) Will's job is to make sure we can SEE where we are.

There are four cameras on the ROV - two colour and one black and white video, plus a digital stills camera. The depressor also has a low-light black and white video. The 'Magellan' ROV carries a powerful lighting system too - there's no light at all in the depths we're working.

Will maintains the system, and operates the cameras during the dive. Definitely another guy to treat with consideration and respect - without him, no movie!

Just a day away now from the 'Hood' wreck site - stand by Jim, Chris and Will.

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