The Bismarck’s crew was made up of just over two thousand men. Following her sinking, only 114 survivors were plucked from the sea, 110 of them by HMS Dorsetshire and the Tribal-class destroyer HMS Maori. The rescue of survivors was called off by the captain of HMS Dorsetshire amid reports that a U-boat may be in the area.
Later, three of the survivors were indeed rescued by a U-boat that made it to the scene and a further two were rescued by a German fishing trawler.
For more on the hunt to find and sink the Bismarck take a look at John Moffat: Legend of the Bismarck. Click here to read the Kindle preview.