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25/07/01 - Day 24

More big discoveries

Rob White reports

We've been continuing our survey of the HMS 'Hood' wreck site - covering as much of it as we can while the weather lasts.

We've had some more big discoveries - this is a gun rangefinder, quite similar to the ones we saw on the wreck of 'Bismarck'. Seen from above, it's heavily damaged, but not as battered as the German warship's: 'Hood' had little time indeed in her final battle to take much shellfire from her adversary before the lethal salvo that destroyed her so quickly.


Here's a torpedo - just one remnant of the stock 'Hood' carried, in compartments actually inside the hull, rather than in tubes on the deck. That design caused major arguments between the Royal Navy and the ship's designers - they feared 'Hood's own torpedoes could even sink the ship if they blew up, sited as they were right on the 'strength girder' that held her together.


Sometimes it's the human detail that hits home - here's a plate, just one of the thousand's of "purser's issue" pieces of crockery, perhaps from a wardroom.

Ted Briggs, the last survivor of the three who escaped 'Hood', will be joining us today. If the weather allows him to come on board, we'll show him these new pictures before holding a service of commemoration for the crew of his old ship, just above where she has lain for 60 years.


More pictures of the Hood are available in our gallery section. Real video of the wreckage is also available here.





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