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

Updated 10-Aug-2015

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 2
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, or 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 these photos: all were reduced in size and lightened/brightened somewhat 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
Two views of the Hood wreck site: On the left, an Ocean Explorer 6000 side-scan sonar image created in July 2001; On the right, an enhanced and annotated version of that same sonar image.
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One of Hoods bells amid the debris
Hood's main bell. It was located against a large, slanting deck/bulkhead section of the Admiral or Captain's cabins. This bell was gifted to the ship by Lady Hood, the widow of Sir Horace Hood who died at Jutland. The bell had previously been used aboard the pre-dreadnought battleship Hood. The bell is in the very centre of the photo.

Hoods bell circa 1935  Close-up of the bell
The bell, before and after. To the left is a photo of the bell sitting just ahead of "X" turret in the mid 1930s. On the right, is a close-up of the bell in the wreckage. Under the coating of sediment, the brass of this typical Royal Navy type bell still shows through. The bell bears an inscription which reads "This bell was preserved from HMS Hood Battleship 1891-1914 by Late ADM Hon. Horace Hood killed at Jutland 31 May 1916." This bell was recovered from the wrecksite in August 2015 and is currently undergoing conservation. When ready, it will be on display at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth.

Assorted debris
Assorted debris. The circular item appears to be an interior scuttle frame. The square opening would appear to be a ventilation trunk. At the bottom of the photo, just to the left of centre, belted 2lb Pom Pom ammunition is visible.

Wooden platform Wooden ladder platform aboard Hood
Frame of a wooden platform. This could be one of the leadsmans platforms, or, possibly a ladder platform. In the photo to the right, you can see such a platform on a stowed accommodation ladder.

Propeller shafting in the eastern debris field
Propeller shafting near the outermost screws in the eastern debris field.

Pom pom gun rounds Pom pom gun rounds
Above/Left- Belted 2lb Pom Pom ammunition and deformed 4" shell brass casings sitting atop plating/debris. A close-up is shown in the right hand image.

Unidentified wreckage- possible vent trunk or ammunition hoist Pom pom gun rounds
Above/Left- The centre portion and HACS base of the After Superstructure. We've rotated the photo to a portrait layout in order to make it more readily recognisable to readers. Its shown here with its top pointing up and to the right. Though the searchlight platform, actual HACS Mk III* director and the After Concentrating Position have been ripped away (in fact, the entire rear portion is ripped away), this area is still surprisingly intact (considering its proximity to the conflagration/explosion). The thin part at the top/right is the cylindrical base of the missing HACS Mk III* director is The computer graphic on the right shows what this structure looked like before the sinking.

Large section of plating
A large section of plating. Probably one of the large portions of the hull from the engineering spaces.

Bottom of conning tower
Lowest portion of the Conning Tower. Note the doorway in the light bulkhead to the right. Also note the electrical wiring. The interior is surprisingly intact.

Interior of the base of the conning tower
Another view of the base of the Conning Tower. Note the bundles of electrical wires dispersed throughout this section (that is not plant life!).

Twisted plating, possibly from the superstructure
More twisted plating. Possibly a superstructure bulkhead.

A solitary stoker's book in one of the debris fields
Yet another poignant reminder of the human element - a stoker's boot. It is one of many seen dispersed throughout the wreck site.

Possible mess tin amidst assorted wreckage Possible mess tin
Above/Left- Smaller bits of debris. Crushed tubing and what may be a mess tin (centre) or a slightly deformed bucket/pot. Above/Right is a close-up of said item taken from a slightly different vantage point.

Possible leather clothing and ammuntion hoist
It is difficult to say what the 'crumpled' item on the right is. It could be extremely deformed metal, but its more likely leather outerwear of some sort. Its lying atop a chain. This chain may be part of one the 4" ammunition dredger hoists, or some other type of hoist.