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HMS Hood Bell To Be Recovered

Discussion in 'WWII' started by Otter, Jul 30, 2012.

  1. B-24J

    B-24J One of the Regulars

    H.M.S. Hood's Bell

    Yes, I feel conflicted as well about this story.

    The U.S.S. Arizona's bells were removed form the ship. However, salvage work on the Arizona began while the ship was still smoking and the bells were above the water.

    The MailOnline story...


    ...says that H.M.S. Hood Association is fine with the operation.

    Keeping the H.M.S. Hood's memory alive is, I think, ultimately for the best.

  2. Yes, I believe it should remain in place. The Edmund Fitzgerald's bell was removed awhile ago and some of the family members weren't too keen on the idea.

    STEVIEBOY1 Practically Family

    Yes I agree with you there. I thought along similar lines when I heard that item on the news.
  4. Taz-man

    Taz-man Familiar Face

    I hope that they dont bring the bell up. It is a war grave and nothing should be brought up.
  5. Treetopflyer

    Treetopflyer Practically Family

    As a historian and a sailor I am a bit conflicted as well. But, I also understand what it could mean to the families. It is strange, but what basically amounts to a big chunk of brass, can bring so much emotion to people. It might be an opportunity to finally bring some closure to the families. If it was going to be sold at an auction, I would say absolutely NOT, but if it is going to be placed in a memorial, I think that it is the proper location for it. It will give future generations something to physically look at and reflect on. The ships bell is the symbolic heart of the ship. If it were placed in a proper memorial, the memory of the ship and her gallant crew would live on indefinitely; otherwise she would just be something talked about in history books and perhaps eventually fade away.
  6. Just saw the front page of a newspaper and checked on Prop n Turret. The bell was recovered over the weekend.
  7. Big J

    Big J Call Me a Cab

    Wow. I hope that the bell goes to a memorial.
  8. I don't think it is going to the Maritime Museum in London, iirc the plan was for it to go to the church where the commemoration window is.

    Edit: apologies, it is a memorial in St George's church, not a window.
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2015
  9. p51

    p51 Practically Family

    I imagine it'll be one of those things that only a chosen few ever get near...

    STEVIEBOY1 Practically Family

    I Think it is going to a Maritime/Naval museum in the UK Navy City of Portsmouth. The are a large number of historic ships etc there, including HMS Victory & Warrior and the Mary Rose.

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