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

Updated 19-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.

Chainbar divider

The Midsection (Main Hull)
This portion of the ship extends from "A" barbette back to the Forward Engine Room. It is roughly 328ft/100m long and sits upside down on the sea bed. The entire starboard torpedo bulge is missing, and the bottom is pockmarked with various occurrences of implosion.

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.

Computer renderings of Hoods midsection
Above- Two computer renderings of Hood's midsection. On the top, is a view of how this section looked in May 1941, prior to the sinking. On the bottom, a very rough approximation of the amount of this same area remaining today. This is by no means an 100% accurate depiction, but is sufficiently close enough to demonstrate the approximate size of this portion of the ship.

A view of A and B barbettes
A view of "A" and "B" barbettes near the forward end of the midsection.

Closeup of B batbette
A close-up of "B" barbette. At the very bottom/left corner, you can see the portion that was once above the focsle deck. The rest of what you see was all originally below deck (as illustrated by the white paint and the lines indicating adjacent decks). This appears to be the 10" and 5" sections of the barbette. This helps illustrate the extensive damage to the front of the midsection.

Grated opening in underside of hull
A grated opening in the underside of the ship. These were used to either bring in or discharge water for the condenser.

Condenser intake in underside of hull
The circular object is a seawater condenser intake located on the upturned bottom of the hull. Practically no anti-fouling red paint can be seen anymore. Just a vast surface coated with rust and silt.

Condenser intake in underside of hull
A view of yet another circular seawater intake. This one is near the aft hull break.

Implosion damage to underside of hull
One of the typical instances of implosion damage to the bottom of the ships hull. This at least proves that the metal was not flawed- it exhibits signs that it stretched considerably before giving way. So much for the bogus "brittle Titanic steel" theory...

Implosion damage to underside of hull
This appears to be the same instance of damage, but seen from a slightly different view point. This would also appear to be near one of the bilge keels (probably port).

Torpedo mantlet coverings 
Above/Left- These are the inverted port side coverings over the never-fitted forward above water torpedo tubes. This was a very distinct feature of Hood, and was the first thing to confirm that this was indeed her wreck. Inset- 1940 photo showing the location of the mantlets.

A turret barbette 
Above-The inverted barbette of "A" turret. The floor of the massive, rotating gun house is still in place. The walls, roof and guns were lost in the sinking. The ROV is roughly abreast the barbette on the port side of the ship. According to its position, the guns would have been pointing off the starboard bow. This may not have been their final position, but the position they rotated to during the sinking process. Inset- The arrow indicates the portion of the specific gun house seen here.

Implosion damage to underside of hull
This, and the following two photos, show exposed portions of Hood's double bottom structure. These are from the aft hull break. As you can see, though this break is irregular, it is also fairly "clean" (regular failures, and not blasted outward or heavily twisted). Don't be fooled, this is much larger than it appears. Inset- A view of Hood's box keel in 1916.

Hoods keel today 
Above- Elements of the double bottom structure, seen 85 years apart.

Hoods double bottom
A close-up of the double bottom supporting structure. This looks deceptively small, but its actually extremely large!

Inside Hoods starboard torpedo bulge
A view of starboard "torpedo bulge". It is missing its external plating (along with the "crushing tubes" that were once in a section of this area). Note the access ladder to the right and the inverted upper deck to the lower left.

Inside Hoods starboard torpedo bulge
Large structure near one of the midsection hull breaks. This may possibly be one of the funnel uptakes.