LONDON – An American philanthropist and investor has recovered a bell from a British battleship that was sunk in the North Atlantic with almost its entire crew of 1,418 men during World War II.
A team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen retrieved the bell from the HMS Hood, once the largest warship in the world and the Royal Navy's symbolic flagship. The Hood was sunk by the German ship Bismarck in the Denmark Strait between Greenland and Iceland in 1941, with only three survivors.
A first attempt in 2012 to recover the bell from the wreck — lying at 2,800 meters (9,186 feet) deep — failed. Britain's Royal Navy and Allen's website said Monday a second try, using a remotely operated vehicle, succeeded on Friday.