David Mearns wasn't able to retrieve the bell of HMS Hood this go around. They had difficulties with the ROV, the weather and then maintenance on the ship. Their window of opportunity closed, but there's always next year. I thought I'd close out the coverage of Hood with a final quote from Captain Wellings' journal:
“14 January (1941) – At Anchor – made preparations to leave Hood. All arrangements completed for my going to Curacoa in about two or three days. Arranged to have Curacoa (HMS Curacoa D41) inform Admiralty when I should report. Plan to go to London for a day. Called on Admiral and Captain. Had lunch, said goodbye to all the officers and at 1420 left Hood with bag and baggage. I certainly had a grand 5 weeks on Hood.”
Wish I had more news to report, but am always open to hearing from any of you who may have a story to tell about your father, grandfather, or uncle.