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HMS Hood
Location  

Place Name : Portland Roads

Lat / Long : 50 ° 34 ' 6 '' - - 2 ° 25' 12'' - System used to obtain Long / Lat : unknown
OS Grid Ref - Square : 0 8 Figure : 0
Construction
Type : Battleship Built :  
Shipyard : Chatham
Hull material : steel  
Dimensions
Size : 14100 tonnes Length : 100 m Beam : m
History
Sunk : 1914.11.04 Cause : scuttled Date Found :
Depth
  Shallowest Deepest
Top : 3 m 5 m
Deck :
0 m 0 m
Bed : 15 m 20 m
Postition
Orientation : unknown Lying : unknown Condition : Unknown
Seabed Type : Unknown
Artifacts : Brass
Wreck Owner
Owner : Royal navy
Access : Public
War Grave : Unknown Protected : Unknown
Restrictions : unknown
When to Dive Best time to dive the wreck, relative to high wate
5 - hours 0 - minutes - - high water
General Information :
Small Boat Launching :
Chesil Cove
Notes :

Diving is currently banned by the Harbour Master in Portland

References :
Dive Dorset - see Underwater Bookshop
Link to More Info :
Information Provided by :
Name : From a dive on : 1995.06.04
Supplementary Imformation
Added by:
Gary Slegg
Posted on : January 23, 2008
The HMS Hood you're refering too (i.e., the one sunk by the Bismarck) is not the same as the wreck in Portland habour. The ship in Portland habour is a Royal Sovereign class battleship (pre-Dreadnought), that was scuttled in 1914. The HMS Hood that fought the Bismarck was a battlecruiser, and was launched in 1916

Added by:
Colin G
Posted on : September 20, 2007
I have dived this many times over 20 years and it has changed a lot over that time gradually, slowly collapsing. Been in much of it though usual care should be taken. You can swim along the inside of the superstrucure (at deck level) on the seaward side (port side of ship) and go through from one side to the other near the stern turret on the deck level below the main deck (physically above as she is inverted). Exit points normall stand out quite well when inside except when vis is bad. I used to dive on all states of the tide which you couldn't so easily do 20 years ago when she stood higher and blocked more of the south entrance resulting in faster currents.

NB Local Skipper, Andy Smith mentioned previsously is not longer with us but Skin Deep still operates.

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