-History of H.M.S. Hood-
Career Timeline of H.M.S. Hood, Part 5
Updated 08-May-2018

The following is a timeline of Hood'scareer from launch until sinking. Much of this information was derived from her official logs by Bruce Taylor, author of the magnificent book "'The Battlecruiser H.M.S. Hood: An Illustrated History". We are most indebted to him for allowing us to borrow heavily from his information to augment our own research here until such time as we complete our own day-by-day history of Hood.

Also note that we have basic location information in our Searchable Database of Movements of H.M.S. Hood.

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Post Hood (May 1941-Present)


Summer: Boards of enquiry into Hood's loss were conducted. Hood (along with the other vessels participating in the actions against Bismarck) was awarded her only battle honour, "Bismarck 1941".


November 1965: Survivor William Dundas, at this time retired from the Royal Navy, died following a car wreck near Stirling, Scotland.

1973: Survivor Ted Briggs retired from the Royal Navy after over 30 years of service.

1975: The H.M.S. Hood Association was formed by Fred White and several other former crewmen. Survivor Ted Briggs was named its first President. Eventually, survivor Bob Tilburn assumed that post.

February 1995: Survivor Bob Tilburn passed away from natural causes. Ted Briggs resumed the Presidency.

Spring 1997: Members of the H.M.S. Hood Association travelled to the Denmark Strait aboard the Danish warship HDMS Triton. They participated in the first on-scene (not at the exact spot, but within a few miles) service of commemoration for the lost men of Hood.

1998: This website started (originally an independent Hood site but incorporated into the H.M.S. Hood Association the following year).

July 2001: An expedition funded by Channel 4 and led by renowned underwater explorer David L. Mearns located and filmed the wreck of H.M.S. Hood. Survivor Ted Briggs visited the wreck site and released a plaque which memorialises his shipmates, the lost men of Hood.

November 2001: Hood was finally recommended to be officially recognised by the UK government as a "Protected Place." She has, at long last, been recognised officially as a wargrave.

October 2008: The last survivor of the sinking of Hood, Ted Briggs, passed away following an illness. Later in the month, the Hood Association unveiled a new memorial to Hood and crew at the National Memorial Arboretum.

August 2012: An expedition unsuccessfully attempted to retrieve a bell from the Hood wreck site.

August 2015: Hood's main ceremonial bell was successfully recovered from her wrecksite. A White Ensign was also placed at the site. The bell was conserved and placed in the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth, UK the following year.