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James Cameron's Expedition: Bismarck May - June 2002

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Expedition Diary
Leaving the Wrecksite

Friday 7. June 2002:

I got out of bed at 08:00.

I spent most of the day helping making a database of the wreck recordings for Discovery Channel.

The Keldysh picked up the transponders and at 16:15 we left the wreck site.

At 16:30 the last commemoration was held for the victims of the loss of the Bismarck.

Photo: The team prepare for the final Bismarck commemoration when we left the wreck site.
Photo: The Bismarck survivors Walter Weintz and Karl Kuhn here throw a wreath into the sea at the wreck site at our final Bismarck commemoration
Photo: In the center of the photo the wreath can be seen while the Keldysh was leaving the Bismarck wreck site.
Photo: A group of team members have turned their back to the wreck site after our final Bismarck commemoration. From left to right, Lewis Abernathy, Dr. Holger Herwig, Karl Kuhn, producer Andrew Wight and Walter Weintz.
Photo: Walter Weintz, Andrew Wight, Karl Kuhn and John Asmussen after the final Bismarck commemoration. We were now heading for the Azores.

The Keldysh was now on its way to the Azores (group of islands belonging to Portugal).

I went to bed at 03:00 in the morning.

Saturday 8. June 2002:

I got out of bed at 07:00.

I spent most of the morning watching film recordings from dive 6.

At 11:00 photos of all Mir divers were taken.

Photo: From left to right, Walter Weintz, John Asmussen, Lewis Abernathy and Karl Kuhn.

The rest of the day I spent relaxing.

I went to bed at 02:00 in the morning.

Sunday 9. June 2002:

I got out of bed at 11:00.

I spent most of the day helping make a database of the wreck recordings for Discovery Channel.

I went to bed at 03:00 in the morning.

Monday 10. June 2002:

I got out of bed at 09:00.

I relaxed and had a good time with the other team members.

Photo: John Asmussen as helmsman of the Keldysh.
Photo: We launched an expedition to the engine room of the Keldysh. It was extremely clean.

At night we had a barbecue party together with the Russian crew on the pool deck.

I went to bed at 03:45 in the morning.

Tuesday 11. June 2002:

I got out of bed at 11:00.

Relaxed all day and had a good time with the other team members.

We were all looking forward to seeing land again.

I went to bed at 01:00 in the morning.



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