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

Updated 20-Jul-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 3
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.

Underside of 4" gun mount 
Above- Underside of a 4" twin gun mounting. The front of the mounting would be just to the right of the centre/top in this photo (near the small pinion gear). This is the gearing and circuitry which permitted the gun to be rotated, etc. Inset- One of the 4" mounts as seen shortly before the loss of the ship.

Ventilation trunking in one of the debris fields
Assorted debris. The large rectangular structure is overhead ventilation trunking. Note the spherical louvres (for directing air flow). Hood's 1940 medical logs make note of a new type of louvre being added to ventilation trunks throughout the ship...perhaps this is what was being referred to.

A boot lying near ventilation trunking and debris
Another view of this debris area. Note yet another boot in the wreckage.

Assorted wreckage in one of the debris fields
A third view of this same area.

Flag locker from bridge superstructure
This is either a shelf system, a small flag locker or half of one of Hood's four main flag lockers.

Tail section of a torpedo
The rear of a 21" torpedo. Inset- Hood firing one of her torpedoes in the mid 1930s.

Tail section of a torpedo 
Another view of the torpedo. Note the heavy layer of sediment coating its body.

A lamp amidst the debris
A lamp amidst the debris.

Unknown wreckage
A piece of unidentified machinery from Hood.

Machinery, possibly a turbo generator
Smashed machinery. Possibly a turbo generator.

Debris with possible machinery supports
Chunk of debris containing what appear to be machinery supports.

Possible tins that have rusted together
More debris. Inset- These objects may be tins that have rusted together. Perhaps they were in a wooden container that has since rotted away.

Twisted Debris
Twisted metal plating. The single row of rivet holes at bottom and along far edge would indicate a superstructure or internal minor structure rather than main hull structure. Note the extensive electrical wiring.

Possible ventilation trunking or ammunition hoist.
More debris. Possibly ventilation trunking, or part of an ammunition hoist.

HACS Mk III* director inverted on the seafloor
One of the three HACS Mk III* directors. It is upside down and no longer attached to its base. It is not clear if it is from abreast the bridge or from the After Superstructure. It is in the western debris field. Inset- A HACS director aboard Hood in 1940.

Unknown Machinery
A piece of wreckage with a ladder and another unidentified mechanism.