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Bell of Sunken WWII Battlecruiser HMS Hood Recovered From Ocean Floor

Bell of Sunken WWII Battlecruiser HMS Hood Recovered From Ocean Floor

Screen grab of the ship's bell of HMS Hood plucked from the ocean floor on Aug 7, 2015.

Screen grab of the ship’s bell of HMS Hood plucked from the ocean floor on Aug 7, 2015.

In May 1941, the British battlecruiser HMS Hood chased down the German battleship Bismarck in an attempt to protect the flow of American supplies to Great Britain. Within 15 minutes of firing its first shot, Hood was hit, exploded and sank to the bottom of the Denmark Strait, taking with it 1,415 of its 1,418 crew members.

On Friday, after sitting on the ocean floor for 74 years, Hood’s bell was recovered by a research team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Read More