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Paul Allen Helps Retrieve Bell From HMS Hood

According to newspaper reports, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen was hoping to score a medal of his own after the Games by loaning his superyacht, Octopus, to the British Royal Navy to help retrieve the bell of HMS Hood, a battlecruiser sunk by the German battleship Bismarck in the early days of World War II.
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HMS Hood in Sydney Harbour shortly after arriving with the other ships of the Special Service Squadron on 9 April 1924

HMS Hood in Sydney Harbour shortly after arriving with the other ships of the Special Service Squadron on 9 April 1924

Many retreated from the London Olympics with medals in their luggage. According to newspaper reports, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen was hoping to score a medal of his own after the Games by loaning his superyacht, Octopus, to the British Royal Navy to help retrieve the bell of HMS Hood, a battlecruiser sunk by the German battleship Bismarck in the early days of World War II. Allen and Octopus will be working with Blue Water Recoveries, which found the wreck in 2001 in the Denmark Strait between Greenland and Iceland. The bell was located near the wreck. If recovered, it will be placed on display at in a new exhibition hall due to open in 2014 at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth, England, the reports said. The Hood is the largest British ship ever lost in battle. She went down with 1,415 sailors.

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