GRAVE OF HMS HOOD; Lost warship found after 60 years.
THE final resting place of HMS Hood was found yesterday 60 years after she was sunk.
The pride of Britain's wartime fleet was blown apart during an attack on the German destroyer the Bismarck in one of World War Two's biggest sea battles.
The Hood sunk in seconds after the explosion in May, 1941 killing 1,415 of her crew. Just three sailors survived. Mini subs found parts of her hull more than 3,000ft down in the Denmark Strait, between Greenland and Iceland.
The Channel 4 team beamed back amazing underwater pictures that reveal the extent of the carnage for a documentary later in the year.
Producers are now preparing a poignant return for Ted Briggs, 78, the only crewman still alive, to lay a wreath. The exact location is being kept secret to stop scavengers diving for memorabilia.
A Navy spokesman said last night: "Hood was considered one of the best ships in the fleet. We are delighted to now know her final resting place."
LOST TREASURE: The stern of sunken warship HMS Hood as filmed by TV crew on the sea bed; WAR RELIC: The ship's bell on the sea bed; LEGEND: Battle cruiser was pride of our fleet
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Jul 24, 2001|
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