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17/07/01 - Day 16

Meet the search team

Rob White reports

Finally, meet the guys who get their feet wet. Not literally of course. Or at least not often.


David Mearns

Our Search Director DAVID MEARNS of Blue Water Recoveries is one of the most experienced undersea search professionals in the business. He's been planning this voyage for some 6 years now - delving into archives and working out all the strategies needed

He's also been making sure - with me - that we have the support of key organisations like the HMS 'Hood' Association, the Royal British Legion, the Royal Naval Association and the Ministry of Defence. They've all been very supportive - particularly of our determination to treat the 'Hood' wreck site with the respect it deserves.


And here's the team that David chose to go deepsea for him - a select group from Oceaneering Technologies of Maryland.

It's an all-American crew: on the right standing by the Magellan Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) are TROY LAUNAY, with team leader RON SCHMIDT, DAVID WARFORD and MIKE SCHICK. (The piratical look is the way you do it in deepsea search around here.)


Below, with the Ocean Explorer sidescan sonar are CHUCK HOHING, NEIL CORLISS, ANDY SHERRELL and RICHARD DAILEY. The teams are multi-skilled and can work both vehicles.

Their company and this kit have a distinguished history. To take a few examples, finding the wreck of the giant cargo ship 'Derbyshire', sunk with all hands and without trace in 1980; broadcasting live from the 'Titanic'site; and discovering the tiny 'Liberty Bell' space capsule in 1999. Many of these successes were achieved by the team with us today.


STOP PRESS: We've just put the sonar in the water to start the search for HMS 'Hood'. Wish us luck!





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