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There's something very disturbing about grave robbing. As ER has stated maybe a good public caning would encourage others to cease and desist this horrible practice.
Remembering HMS Hood: Bell of battlecruiser sunk 75 years ago in Royal Navy's biggest ever disaster retrieved from the seabed by Microsoft founder Paul Allen is formally unveiled by Princess Royal
The bell from HMS Hood has been unveiled by the Princess Royal 75 years after the ship was sunk by the Bismarck
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen had funded expedition to retrieve bell from seabed between Iceland and Greenland
Ceremony watched by descendants of some of 1,415 sailors who died when battleship hit by German vessel in 1941
Only three of Hood's crew survived and it was wish of one of them to recover ship's bell as memorial to shipmates
By Sam Tonkin For Mailonline
Published: 16:43 GMT, 24 May 2016 | Updated: 17:02 GMT, 24 May 2016
The bell from HMS Hood has been unveiled by the Princess Royal to mark the 75th anniversary of the Royal Navy's largest loss of life from a single vessel.
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen - who funded the expedition to retrieve the bell from the seabed of the Denmark Strait between Iceland and Greenland - attended the event at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard where the bell has gone on display.
Anne struck eight bells at midday during the ceremony, held with HMS Victory as a backdrop, watched by descendants of some of the 1,415 sailors who died when the battleship was hit by German vessel Bismarck on May 24 1941.
Mr Allen, 63, told the Press Association: 'It's an incredible way of recognising and remembering the men who gave their lives.
'There are very few things that have this amount of history, it's an amazing object when you see all the inscriptions. I think it's great to have a tangible artefact here, that the families of the men who went down on the ship and the survivors can have an amazing artefact like this so they can come and give remembrance to the amazing sacrifice that those men made that fateful day.'
Patricia Beach, 82, of Beech Hill, Berkshire, was seven when her father Albert Varlow died as an officer aged 44 on HMS Hood.
She said: 'It changed my life. He talked to me a lot and he said he really thought he wasn't going to come back, he knew he was going on a very unsafe boat. He said, 'Look after your mother'.
'I think of him every day, he was a personable person, a great father.'
Commander Keith Evans, 96, from Haslemere, Surrey, the chairman of the HMS Hood Association who served on board in 1938-39, said: 'It's quite emotional. I was lucky not to be there that day, it was a real shock throughout the whole country when it went down.'
James Warrand, from New South Wales, Australia, attended to remember his father, Commander Selwyn Warrand, who died at the age of 37.
He said: 'It's staggering, is all I can say, it's great to see the bell returned here, it's very emotional.'
Derick Collins, from Fareham, Hampshire, lost his father, torpedoman Able Seaman Reginald Collins, 36.
He said: 'It's an emotional day and now generations can see what the Hood was to the nation and the great loss we all suffered, not only us personal families but the nation as a family as well.'
Only three of Hood's crew survived and it was the expressed wish of one of them, Ted Briggs, to recover the ship's bell as a memorial to his shipmates.
After the unveiling, the bell was carried by a Royal Navy guard to Boathouse 5 for the official opening of the exhibition 36 Hours: Jutland 1916, The Battle That Won The War, which marks the centenary of the Battle of Jutland.
Lady Hood launched Hood in 1918 in memory of her late husband Rear Admiral Sir Horace Hood, who was killed in his ship, HMS Invincible, at the Battle of Jutland on May 31 1916.
An inscription on the side of the bell reads: 'In accordance with the wishes of Lady Hood it was presented in memory of her husband to HMS Hood battlecruiser which ship she launched on 22nd August 1918.'
The bell's retrieval nine months ago from a mile and a half below the water's surface was led by a team assembled by Mr Allen and included Blue Water Recoveries.
The expedition was launched from Mr Allen's yacht M/Y Octopus, equipped with a state-of-the-art remotely operated vehicle (ROV) which was adapted to retrieve the bell.
Rear Admiral Philip Wilcocks, president of the Hood Association, whose uncle died on board, said: 'There is no headstone among the flowers for those who perish at sea.
'For the 1,415 officers and men who lost their lives in HMS Hood on 24 May 1941, the recovery of her bell and its subsequent place of honour in the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth will mean that future generations will be able to gaze upon her bell and remember with gratitude and thanks the heroism, courage and personal sacrifice of Hood's ship's company who died in the service of their country.'
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E.R. Campbell said:Sunken warships are, themselves, "hallowed ground" and should be left as is.
There are other, better ways to memorialize those killed in action at sea.
This is, without putting too fine a point on it, nothing more than grave robbing. It may be tied up in a memorial ribbon but it is still plain, simple grave robbing. The UK authorities should know better.
Totally agree.ModlrMike said:I have no issue with artifacts being recovered on an official basis for commemorative purposes. I have a completely opposite perspective on scavengers who would retrieve articles from a wreck for their own selfish pleasure or profit.
jollyjacktar said:This past week l have the pleasure of viewing the Franklin Expedition exhibition at the Canadian History Museum. There were some actual items on display from the ships and other sites associated with Franklin. One, is the ship's bell from HMS EREBUS.
Seeing her bell only cements my personal opinion that saving it for future generations to learn of the ship and her crew, is the right thing to do. To have it lost for all time and by doing so lessen the connection to them is folly if it can be saved. All items were treated and displayed with respect, it did not feel like a ghoul show.