H.M.S. Hood Today
Photos of the Wreck of H.M.S. Hood in 2001

Updated 07-Nov-2016

Contained herein, are many photos of the wreck of H.M.S. Hood as it appeared at the bottom of the Denmark Strait in 2001. We owe a special debt of gratitude to our friend David L. Mearns of Blue Water Recoveries Ltd, for generously allowing us to post these photos here. Additionally, we would also like to thank renowned author and draughtsman John Roberts for his invaluable assistance in helping us to identify items pictured here. Lastly, much thanks to accomplished graphics artist Thomas Schmid, for the computer renderings shown here.

Important Notice: These photographs have been exclusively loaned for display here on the official H.M.S. Hood Association web site, and are not to be downloaded or republished elsewhere without the express permission of David L. Mearns and Blue Water Recoveries Ltd. The wreck renderings may not be downloaded or republished elsewhere without the express permission of Thomas Schmid.

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Assorted Debris & Wreckage, Part 1
When Hood exploded, collapsed and sank, the ship was violently ripped apart. Much of what was deposited on the ocean floor was severely distorted, making recognition difficult. When preparing these pages, we were only able to consult the photos presented here. We were not able to view the raw video footage, nor see most items from different perspectives. These limitations, combined with the lack of any scale indicator, made precise determinations difficult at best. Nevertheless, we've done our best to identify the various pictured pieces here.

Please note that we have slightly modified some of these photos; some were lightened/brightened a small amount to reduce the "murkiness" inherent in underwater photographs. Lastly, please be aware that this page is image intensive, and may take some time to fully load.

Graphic of Hood wreck site
Sonar view of the Hood wreck site: On the left, the original Ocean Explorer 6000 side-scan sonar image from July 2001; On the right, an enhanced and annotated version.

Hoods wrecked foremast starfish 
Above/Left- This is Hood's foremast, specifically, the underside rear of the starfish platform. A large portion of the foremast broke off sometime during the ship's descent. It came to rest upside down in the mud. Note that this photo has been turned upside down. We've deliberately done this in order to help the viewer make a better comparison to the accompanying inset photo; Inset- This is the same portion of the ship, but shown here in late 1940.


A pair of boots
A pair of boots lying where their owner fell in 1941. This is a very powerful reminder of the human element of this tragedy...1,415 lives lost and countless others affected.


Twisted metal plating, possibly from superstructure
This appears to be twisted section of hull or superstructure. Note the metal deck rising vertically in the foreground.


Possible trunk or vent
More twisted metal plating. This could possibly be deformed W/T trunk or vent.


Light twisted metal plating
Even more twisted metal plating. Due to its light nature, this could be part of a superstructure screen, but it is difficult to say for certain.


Possible hatches
To some experts these appear to be windows. To other experts, they appear to be hatches. The small size is indeed more suggestive of a window than a hatch, but generally speaking, Hood's windows were not as rounded at the corners and they were slightly taller than they were wide. There is also the matter of what appears to be a stanchion socket on one of the openings...this is a feature windows didn't have. That is more suggestive of a hatch (stanchion sockets were used for hand rails). Unfortunately we have not yet been able to locate these items within plans of the ship.


Edge of one of the barbettes
The edge of one of Hood's 15" gun barbettes


Unidentified wreckage- possible vent trunk or ammunition hoist
We are not 100% certain what this is. It may be the top of a vent trunk or ammunition hoist.


Twisted wreckage-possible warped deck segment
This appears to be a severely warped section of decking. We are looking at the underside (what someone standing on the deck below would have seen as the ceiling). The large opening is possibly a through-deck ladder access way, a ventilation opening or hoist trunk opening.


One of the aft 15inch barbetters
One of the aft two 15" barbettes, most likely "Y" barbette. From other angles, it is reported to show signs of a large, upward-rushing explosion.
Left to Right- Barbette armour (lower section), Ring Bulkhead (support to lower roller path), Lower Roller Path, Roller Ring (complete with rollers) and the base of the Turntable.


Section of planked deck with unidentified features
Section of planked deck. It is not clear what the twin round items are. Whatever these items may be, they are certainly small when one compares them to the 9"/22.8cm wide teak planks. This at least rules out these being bollards. It has been suggested that they could be a pair of Lewis gun magazines, but this is impossible to confirm at this time.


Twisted beams and plating
Twisted beams and plating. Note the assorted 4" shell cases and pom-pom anti-aircraft ammunition in the rear.


0.5" machine gun base and ready use locker from Hoods shelter deck 
Above/Left- This is one of the aft 0.5 inch machine gun platforms that used to be abreast the after superstructure (gun positions "M3" aka "Simon" and "M4" aka "Paul" ). We have no idea which of the two it is though. The rectangular object at top/left is an attached ready-use ammunition locker. Each mount carried one on its pedestal and one on the deck below. Inset - The shipboard location of the aft 0.5" platforms.


0.5" machine gun platform, then and now 
Above/Left- This is another view of the 0.5" machine gun platform shown above. Note the metal stanchions and the training mechanism as well as the bent metal shield that protected the front of the gun. Inset - Shown here is one of the platforms (including the shielded gun) aboard the ship in 1940 or 1941.


Possible section of screen outside Admirals cabin 
Above- This is possibly an external section of the port screen just outside of the Admiral's Day Cabin (viewed upside down). We are not 100% uncertain though; although we can see indications of Home Fleet Dark Grey exterior paint, we cannot see the "rigols" (small metal rain guards) that should be above both openings. They may have been ripped (or rusted) away. If so, then we are viewing this area upside down. Inset- The same features from 1920s era photo of Hood.


Possible bulkhead section 
Above- This appears to be a section of bulkhead. We're not able to identify its original location on the ship.