The effort to recover the bell from the sunken British warship HMS Hood is underway off the coast of Greenland, using Paul Allen’s megayacht Octopus as a staging platform.
Allen’s been using Twitter to provide live reports of mission this morning. The 414-foot Octopus was in London for the Olympics where he watched several of his Portland Trail Blazers play in the games.
More than 1,400 sailors died when the Hood was sunk by Germany’s Bismarck in 1941, the worst loss of life on a single ship in the Royal Navy’s history. The current mission is to recover the ship’s bell and use it for a memorial.
Allen posted this picture from the Octopus, with a model of the Hood and members of the recovery team. Allen’s at left, with a cap.
Allen’s also used his yacht to participate in other deep-sea adventures. In March he helped movie director James Cameron with his record-setting exploration of the Mariana Trench.
Here’s streaming video:
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Here’s the control room for the submersible recovering the Hood’s bell:
Here’s a sample of Allen’s tweets this morning: