SEATTLE, WA and PORTSMOUTH, UK, August 8, 2015 – A research team led by US philanthropist and entrepreneur Paul G. Allen has successfully recovered the bell of the battlecruiser HMS Hood, sunk in 1941 during World War II. Once restored, the bell will respectfully serve as a tangible and fitting memorial for the 1,415 lives lost when the Bismarck sunk the ship in the North Atlantic.

HMS Hood’s bell lifted from the Atlantic seabed 74 years after it was sunk in battle

The bell of HMS Hood has finally been recovered from the depths of the North Atlantic and will be put on public display following a successful expedition led by billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

Allen, said to be worth some £11.5bn ($17.8bn), deployed his luxury 414ft luxury yacht Octopus and a custom-built submersible for the successful removal of the artefact, which lay near the wreck of the battlecruiser at a depth of 2,800m (9,200ft).

In 2012, Allen lent his state-of-the-art equipment to a British party, which located the bell but were unable to lift it due to strong currents and bad weather at the site, between Iceland and Greenland.

  • Halcyon Daze

    That is a war grave and should be treated as such, by everyone. So, when you really think about it this crowd with their claims of preserving history are little better than the metal thieves breaking up the Prince of Wales and Repulse off the coast of Malay. Disgusting.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Why, are they planning to melt down the bell?
      Oh no, they aren’t.
      So, maybe they really are not the same.

  • chuck_2012

    yes it is a war grave but removal of the bell is considered ok and will form the memorial to those sailors.

  • Maggat

    Good on Allen. The Hood sinking was probably one of the darkest days of WWII.
    A friend of mine lost two uncles on the Hood, at last they’ll have a memorial.

  • AlanUK

    After several months of cleaning and curating, the Bell will be displayed at the National Museum of the Royal Navy at Portsmouth Dockyard.
    A museum on its own houses the remains of the Marie Rose, the flagship for Henry VIII navy. Amongst other exhibits the Museum area has Nelson’s flagship at Trafalgar, HMS Victory and HMS Warrior. The former needs no explanation. The latter was started in 1861 to counter the presence of a French ironclad. It became (for a brief period) the most powerful warship in the world and set the stage for a new era of naval architecture. I visited the 3 ships and the museums several decades ago. It would be well worth another visit although it would need a few days rather than a few hours to do it justice.
    I am sure the bell, the heart and spirit of the Hood, will be treated with the greatest possible respect. It will be in great naval company. As I understand it, the status of the entire ship as a war grave will be maintained.