Deep-sea exploration company OceanGate Expeditions has released 8K footage of the Titanic at its bottom for the first time. This is the first video with such a high level of detail.
During the 8-day mission, the research team studied and documented the current state of the liner using two submersibles, high-definition cameras, 3D sonar and a team of experts.
The footage captures a number of important features of the ship, including her prow, port anchor, huge anchor chain, and sturdy bronze spiers.
We can see new details in these frames. For example, I have never seen the manufacturer’s name Noah Hingley & Sons Ltd. at anchor on the port side. I have been studying the wreck for decades and made several dives and I cannot recall seeing any other image showing this level of detail.
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One of the most amazing shots shows one of the single-stroke boilers that fell to the bottom of the ocean when the Titanic broke in two. Notably, this was one of the boilers that was first seen when the wreck was identified in 1985.
The “unsinkable” ocean liner sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on 15 April 1912 after colliding with an iceberg on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York. At least 1,500 passengers died, and the wreckage sank at a depth of about 4,000 meters, 740 kilometers from Newfoundland (Canada).
The wreckage of the ship was first discovered only in 1985, after 73 years. Since then, fewer people have visited the Titanic wreck than in space. Today, OceanGate Expeditions offers tours to the liner, allowing you to literally touch the history.
However, the days of this story may be numbered. During the expeditions of recent years, scientists have found that the ship is rapidly destroyed by rust, sea salt, bacteria and other forces of nature. Since its discovery 37 years ago, the forward mast and aft deck have collapsed, the crow’s nest has disappeared, and the gymnasium by the front staircase has collapsed. There are fears that the bow of the ship could be next.