05/07/01 - Day 4
More frustration for the team
Rob White reports
Last night really tested our sea legs to the limit - with Force 10 winds gusting up to
51 knots. (A knot is a nautical mile per hour - and a nautical mile is 2000 yards. So 51
knots is just under 60 mph.) Force 10 is officially classed as a storm, and 'Northern
Horizon' was right in it.
That added up to more delay starting our search for 'Bismarck', and more frustration
for the whole team - and especially Search Director David Mearns. At his daily briefing he
was clearly aware of the mounting pressure on his expedition. "We'll write off today" he
said firmly. "But...this is eating into our contingency time!"
Cameraman - Mike Robinson
But it's an ill wind, etc. Our two experts, Canadian battleship design specialist Bill
Jurens and leading naval historian Dr Eric Grove, have seized the chance to add to
their already extensive knowledge of 'Hood' and 'Bismarck'.
Conversations between the two have led to Bill carrying out new calculations on how shells in the battle would have pierced their way through armour plate,
while Eric has unearthed more data on the last-minute manoeuvres of the two ships as they came to grips with each other.
Bill Jurens and Dr Eric Grove
Meanwhile Director Gary Johnstone and Cameraman Mike Robinson have been busy filming interviews and reconstructions around the ship.
But now, like the rest of us, all Mike can do is wait for the off. Could it be tomorrow?
Literally, the answer is blowing in the wind.