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HMS Hood in history

Updated 1445 GMT (2245 HKT) August 15, 2012
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The battle cruiser HMS Hood during a dockyard refit. She served in World War II before she was sunk by the Bismarck on May 24, 1941. The shipwreck was located in 2001 -- the 60th anniversary of the battle between the Hood and Bismarck. Hulton Archive/Getty Images
September 1928: A group of sailors on the HMS Hood in high spirits during naval maneuvers. Hulton Archive/Getty images
May 5, 1941: The last picture of HMS Hood as seen from HMS Prince of Wales as she went into action against the German battleship Bismarck Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Octopus, the 414 foot megayacht owned by Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, was moored in Canary Wharf during the London 2012 Olympic Games. A combination of the boat being in the right place at the right time has allowed its inclusion in the recovery efforts. CARL COURT/AFP/GettyImages
David Mearns is heading up the recovery expedition. He told CNN: "I don't think we'd be able to do it now if it weren't for Paul Allen's interest... There are only a handful of people or companies in the world that would have an interest, the capability and the passion to do this." CARL COURT/AFP/GettyImages