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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.

Cameraman Mike Robinson

Cameraman - Mike Robinson

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!"

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,
Bill Jurens and Dr Eric Grove

Bill Jurens and Dr Eric Grove

while Eric has unearthed more data on the last-minute manoeuvres of the two ships as they came to grips with each other.

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.



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