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Paul Allen Live Tweeting HMS Hood Bell Recovery  
User currently offlinecanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2828 posts, RR: 12
Posted (1 year 7 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2271 times:

His 414-foot megayacht is getting a workout this year. Earlier this year he was with James Cameron while he was successfully diving to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific.

Now he's on the current mission to recover the Hood's bell and use it for a memorial. It was earlier in London for the Olympics so why not swing by and help out?

http://blogs.seattletimes.com/today/...rch-for-sunken-british-ships-bell/

He's the twitter feed for Paul Allen and the updates on the salvage effort.

https://twitter.com/PaulGAllen


The beatings will continue until morale improves
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User currently offlineLMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (1 year 7 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2178 times:

Wonder if they are doing a detailed survey of the wreck or just recovering the bell.

User currently offlinecanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2828 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (1 year 7 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2132 times:

Quoting LMP737 (Reply 1):
Wonder if they are doing a detailed survey of the wreck or just recovering the bell.

I think that's already been done. If wiki is correct the wreck was located in 2001 in order to gather footage for a documentary on British TV. As can be expected, it's in lots of different pieces.

Allen tweeted today that they know where the bell is in the debris field and they're diving on the site right now.



The beatings will continue until morale improves
User currently offlinecanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2828 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2107 times:

The bell recovery is now being live streamed with audio, pretty cool!

http://www.livestream.com/apaulgallenproject

They're right over the bow as I type this.

Since the Hood was designated a war grave they got special permission to retrieve the bell for a memorial.



[Edited 2012-08-24 12:47:11]


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User currently offlinecanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2828 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2091 times:

Amazing that in the middle of the Atlantic from 2,800 meters down they can live stream video like this.


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User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7917 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2083 times:

Fascinating, but they are kicking up much dirt. Sometimes you see very little or nothing at all.


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User currently offlinecanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2828 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2081 times:

I have to keep telling myself that it's not as easy as just diving down 2,800 meters and finding it immediately. I think they're almost on the bell right now.

At least you can see one of the propellers and there is wreckage everywhere. The rudder is huge!

[Edited 2012-08-24 13:10:54]


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User currently offlinecanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2828 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2041 times:

Latest news from Mr. Allen:

"ROV re-located Hood's bell but unable to to bring the bell up. Going to put another attach device on ROV arm. Another try maybe 5hrs."



The beatings will continue until morale improves
User currently offlinecanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2828 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1970 times:

Weather has deteriorated now. They weren't able to retrieve the bell so they are on their way to Iceland to wait it out. They'll go back out after the weather gets better. Allen's twitter feed has a photo of one of the HMS Hood's propellers.

[Edited 2012-08-25 13:15:20]


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User currently offlineDano1977 From British Indian Ocean Territory, joined Jun 2008, 474 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1924 times:

My Grandfather served on HMS Hood during WW2, luckily he received new orders and transfer papers only days before she set off for her fateful encounter with Bismark.

At first I didn't agree with this operation, but reading further into it, it seems they have the approval of the HMS Hood association and the Royal Navy.



Children should only be allowed on aircraft if 1. Muzzled and heavily sedated 2. Go as freight
User currently offlinecanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2828 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1882 times:

Quoting Dano1977 (Reply 9):
My Grandfather served on HMS Hood during WW2, luckily he received new orders and transfer papers only days before she set off for her fateful encounter with Bismark.

At first I didn't agree with this operation, but reading further into it, it seems they have the approval of the HMS Hood association and the Royal Navy.

Your grandfather was indeed lucky. I'm also not a proponent of bringing up artifacts from war graves, but as you said they had the blessing of the RN and HMS Hood association to use the bell in a memorial to those that will forever be at sea.



The beatings will continue until morale improves
User currently offlineDano1977 From British Indian Ocean Territory, joined Jun 2008, 474 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1849 times:

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 10):

Like most old folk, he doesn't really talk to much about the war. He only opened up, when he got me a model of HMS Hood and helped me build her.

He said she was the finest ship he served on, and a hell of a lot better than being on Corvettes protecting the Atlantic convoys.



Children should only be allowed on aircraft if 1. Muzzled and heavily sedated 2. Go as freight
User currently offlineLMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1716 times:

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 2):
I think that's already been done. If wiki is correct the wreck was located in 2001 in order to gather footage for a documentary on British TV. As can be expected, it's in lots of different pieces.

Yes it has. It can't hurt though to give the wreck another once over.

http://www.hmshood.com/hoodtoday/2001expedition/index.htm

Quoting Dano1977 (Reply 9):
My Grandfather served on HMS Hood during WW2, luckily he received new orders and transfer papers only days before she set off for her fateful encounter with Bismark.

Very lucky indeed. The HMS Hood was probably one of the finest looking warships ever built IMHO. It's unfortunate that plans to upgrade her along with added armor were never carried out. When she engaged the Bismark the fatefull day she was going up against a more modern foe.


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