Still waiting to hear if the expedition to find the bell is to get back underway. The latest tweet from Paul Allen is an image of the Hood crew on the deck of the ship and a caption that only three men survived of the entire crew compliment of over 1400+ men. I'd post the photo, but am not sure about the legalities of posting a photo from a tweet and have not yet received permission from Mr. Allen to do so. I've kept a copy though, and may be able to post it at a later date.
I received a photograph from Chip Cline, son of George Cline, a sailor who survived the sinking and went on to serve on the USS Stephen Potter DD 538. This is one of the things I really enjoy about this project. I've heard from more than one person that they have found boxes of stuff, books, photographs and all sorts of memories because they suddenly have become interested in learning more about their family member, and this project has inspired them. Even if we don't make it to the Kula Gulf, I feel proud to be a part of anything that helps you rediscover your ancestor. They are worth learning about.
If you have a photo of your Strong sailor from his time in the Navy as Chip found, pass it along to me and I can post it on the Memories page.
Wellings daughter emailed me about a book, The Discovery of the Bismarck by Robert Ballard. She was reorganizing some books at home and found this among them. She was excited about it because within the book are several references to her father and his role with the British Royal Navy in pursuit of Bismarck after the sinking of Hood. I found a copy of the book on Ebay and got it yesterday. Needless to say, it now has paper tabs and highlight marker throughout! I will post a reference to the book in case anyone is interested in picking it up from a library as well.
Well, here's hoping they get back to work on Octopus this weekend. I'll keep you all posted.