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18/07/01 - Day 17

Transfers, hellos and goodbyes

Rob White reports

Today we said goodbye (for a time) to our director Gary Johnstone. An SAR (Search and Rescue) boat came out from Iceland to pick him up - so that he can get on a plane to London to carry on working on other parts of the production.


Ship to ship transfer

It was our first rendezvous at sea - fortunately weather conditions were ideal. This is the boat in which Ted Briggs will come out to join us, with Gary, once we've found the wreck of HMS 'Hood'.

Despite those conditions, like most transfers at sea it had its moments. Gary's athleticism was put to the test as the 'Hannes P. Hafstein' rose and fell with the gentle swell.

We also had some new arrivals - Lindsay Taylor of 'Channel 4 News', and Rob Gould from ITN Factual.

Lindsay made it on board OK despite a sprained ankle, the result of an accident at the weekend. It would have taken a good deal more than that to stop him!

Now the search goes on, with David Mearns and Jim Mercer back on station at the sidescan sonar. By midnight we'd completed our first line, with no outstanding target found but some possibilities.

And we can certainly tell we're in northern latitudes - this picture was taken at ten minutes to midnight.





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