H.M.S. Hood Today
Photos of the Wreck of Battleship Bismarck
Updated 20-Jul-2016

Contained herein, are many photos of the wreck of Schlachtschiff Bismarck as it lies today in the Atlantic. We owe a special debt of gratitude to our friend David L. Mearns of Blue Water Recoveries Ltd, for generously allowing us to post these photos here. Also, a very special thanks to Thomas Schmid for allowing us to post his excellent computer renderings of Bismarck. Lastly, a very special thanks to John Asmussen, José Rico and Ulrich Rudofsky for their assistance in better understanding the ship and the wreck.

Important Notice: These photographs have been exclusively loaned for display here on the official H.M.S. Hood Association web site, and are not to be downloaded or republished elsewhere without the express permission of David L. Mearns and Blue Water Recoveries Ltd. The wreck renderings may not be downloaded or republished elsewhere without the express permission of Thomas Schmid.

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Missing Shell Plating/Torpedo Damage
Shown here are a few views of missing hull plating from both the port and starboard sides of the hull. It is believed that these areas were initially damaged by British torpedoes, but were later enlarged as a result of the impact with the bottom and subsequent ride down the mountainside.

Computer rendering showing areas of missing plating abreast the bridge on the starboard side
Above- We will not present a wreck map for this page. This is due to the fact that we do not have the precise boundaries of all areas of missing plating. Instead, we are presenting an artistic rendering showing the approximate position of the defect abreast the bridge. It is fairly representative of the other sections of missing plating.

Missing plating beneath Bismarck's main armour belt to port
This and the following photographs are of the the areas of damaged or missing shell plating beneath the main armoured belts. These first images are of damage along the port side. Note how the mud line is actually a bit shallower than originally stated by Ballard. In fact, though the bow is deeply entrenched, as one moves towards the stern, the mud line recedes enough to see the screws (propellors) and the remaining rudder.


Missing plating beneath Bismarck's main armour belt to port
More of the missing plating to port


Missing plating beneath Bismarck's main armour belt to port
More missing plating to port


Missing plating beneath Bismarck's main armour belt to port
A bit farther along


Missing plating beneath Bismarck's main armour belt to starboard
Now, to the starboard side. Looks similar to the port side. These are from the opening roughly abreast the forward superstructure.


Missing plating beneath Bismarck's main armour belt to starboard
The same area as shown above, but from a different angle.


Missing plating beneath Bismarck's main armour belt to starboard
The same area but further forward.


Missing plating beneath Bismarck's main armour belt to starboard
Large section of damaged plating near the forward end of the defect abreast the bridge on the starboard side.