Live on Twitter, Paul Allen covers battleship salvage

When he’s not partying with has-been celebs, Paul Allen is hosting a salvage crew aboard his Octopus yacht — and reporting back to the world about what’s happening.

In a series of tweets started earlier today, the Microsoft co-founder is documenting the recovery process of the bell from the HMS Hood battleship in the North Atlantic. As we previously reported, Allen is working with the British Royal Navy to recover the bell for display by the National Museums of the Royal Navy at a new exhibition hall in Portsmouth.

In addition to giving the Brits use of his megayacht, Allen is funding the recovery efforts. The discovery of the HMS Hood and the recovery efforts are quite important: That ship was sunk in 1941 by the Germans and lost more than 1,400 men.

How’s the progress going? Just a couple hours ago, Allen reported, “Recovering ROV to fix issues…another dive in a few hours hopefully, we did verify we are on the right spots and saw pieces of HMS Hood.”

And don’t forget this earlier post that did, indeed, confirm cuteness under the sea: “ROV now has sea bed in view depth 2849 Meters….small starfish and urchins on the bottom.”

Here are some pics from Allen’s Twitter updates: