Sea History 152 - Autumn 2015

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Allen and his team aboard his expedition ship Octopus, with the use of an ROV (remotely operated vehicle), found and photographed the bell in 2001 but did not attempt to recover it until 2012. Bad weather and technical glitches precluded that attempt. Ordinarily, salvage of the ship would be prevented under international law (Military Remains Act of 1986),




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Recovery ofHMS Hood's bell, August 2015. but Allen got special permission to recover the bell as a memorial to those who lost their lives. Once it has been conserved, the bell will be presented to the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) in Portsmouth, where it will serve as the centerpiece of a new exhibit on the modernera navy. The bell was recovered on 7 August; Allen's team was assisted in the effort by Blue Water Recoveries. (Photos and details about the expedition are online at NMRN, www.; HMS Hood Association, ... The much-anticipated 200-foot steel fullrigged ship Oliver Hazard Perry had its first shakedown cruise this summer. The ship left her berth in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, in July and sailed to Provincetown, MA, before crossing Massachusetts Bay and heading up the coast ro SEAHISTORY 152, AUTUMN2015

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