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Paul Allen Live Tweeting HMS Hood Bell Recovery

Thu Aug 23, 2012 6:20 pm

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
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RE: Paul Allen Live Tweeting HMS Hood Bell Recovery

Fri Aug 24, 2012 4:56 am

Wonder if they are doing a detailed survey of the wreck or just recovering the bell.
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RE: Paul Allen Live Tweeting HMS Hood Bell Recovery

Fri Aug 24, 2012 4:36 pm

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.
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RE: Paul Allen Live Tweeting HMS Hood Bell Recovery

Fri Aug 24, 2012 7:39 pm

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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RE: Paul Allen Live Tweeting HMS Hood Bell Recovery

Fri Aug 24, 2012 7:48 pm

Amazing that in the middle of the Atlantic from 2,800 meters down they can live stream video like this.
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RE: Paul Allen Live Tweeting HMS Hood Bell Recovery

Fri Aug 24, 2012 8:03 pm

Fascinating, but they are kicking up much dirt. Sometimes you see very little or nothing at all.
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RE: Paul Allen Live Tweeting HMS Hood Bell Recovery

Fri Aug 24, 2012 8:05 pm

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!

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RE: Paul Allen Live Tweeting HMS Hood Bell Recovery

Fri Aug 24, 2012 11:35 pm

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."
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RE: Paul Allen Live Tweeting HMS Hood Bell Recovery

Sat Aug 25, 2012 8:14 pm

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.

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RE: Paul Allen Live Tweeting HMS Hood Bell Recovery

Sun Aug 26, 2012 2:00 pm

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.
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RE: Paul Allen Live Tweeting HMS Hood Bell Recovery

Sun Aug 26, 2012 8:16 pm

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.
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RE: Paul Allen Live Tweeting HMS Hood Bell Recovery

Sun Aug 26, 2012 10:25 pm

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.
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RE: Paul Allen Live Tweeting HMS Hood Bell Recovery

Wed Aug 29, 2012 1:46 am

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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