“This year marks the 70th anniversary of the conclusion of World War II, and this effort commemorates the hundreds of brave sailors who were lost at sea,” said Allen. “It is a true honour to undertake the expedition to recover the bell from ‘The Mighty Hood’.”
Paul G. Allen
The bell of HMS Hood has finally been recovered from the depths of the North Atlantic and will be put on public display.
HMS Hood Bell Recovery Video by Paul Allen Productions
Thank you, Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, for discovering the wreck of HMS Hood and later recovering the bell of HMS Hood on behalf of the Royal Navy. Allen has used part of his fortune to preserve lots of World War Two history.
From Daily Mail of London: “…computer genius Allen retains his geeky side. Octopus is also a deep-sea exploration ship, with a research laboratory, ten-man submarine and remotely operated underwater vehicle (or ROV) that can drop to 3,000m.
He has long been fascinated by the ocean deeps and also by World War II — particularly the technology of its planes and ships. That fixation, say his aides, goes back to his childhood when his father Kenneth would tell him stories about his time stationed as a soldier in war-time Britain.”
Read more from the Daily Mail here:
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.
mighty HMS Hood on maneuvers before the outbreak of the Second World War
Paul Allen’s boat, Octopus, one of the largest private yachts in the world.
Brief vid of Allen’s yacht moored in London