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Hood Bell Unveiling

On the 24th May 2016, the 75th Anniversary of the sinking of HMS Hood, the bell from the ship was unveiled by HRH The Princess Royal. During a commemorative service at The National Museum Royal Navy, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Princess Anne struck eight bells at midday in the presence of descendants of some of the 1,415 sailors who lost their lives when the ship was sunk by Bismarck on 24th May 1941.
After the unveiling, the bell was carried to Boathouse No 5 and the blockbuster Jutland exhibition by a Royal Navy guard. HMS Hood was launched in 1918 by Lady Hood in memory of her husband Rear Admiral Sir Horace Hood who was among the officers and crew killed when HMS Invincible was sunk during the Battle of Jutland on 31st May 1916.
The President of The Hood Association, Rear Admiral Philip Wilcocks 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, 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.”
The Hood Association is running a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for a film to capture the story of HMS Hood’s bell. Maritime Films UK, a Bristol-based team which has regularly captured footage of significant moments at The National Museum of the Royal Navy are aiming to make a film that documents the extraordinary story of the recovery of the bell. The film will seek to honour HMS Hood and the ultimate sacrifice made by her crew. More details on the project can be found here

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