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David Mearns - Live on the web

Expedition leader, David Mearns, will be talking live on the web this evening at

David is the impetus behind the Channel4/ITN project to find and film the wreck of World Ward 2 Battlecruiser The Hood. The expedition, leaving Cork this weekend, will attempt to locate the remains of the ship - some 3000 metres down, off the coast of Greenland.

As yet, nobody has found the wreck and her exact location remains a mystery.

David is a world expert in exploring the deep sea ocean. He was responsible for finding and filming the Derbyshire in 1994. This bulk carrier went down in suspicious circumstances and David's findings at the site paved the way for a full government inquiry.

His past successes also include the Lucona - a ship deliberately sunk for insurance fraud and now the subject of a movie - and the John Barry - a liberty ship sunk by U-boats during the war. The latter was on its way to Saudi Arabia when it went down and contained hundreds of silver riyals.

You can read the full trascript to David's chat here.

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26/07/01 -
Finally - a service of remembrance

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