The RMS Titanic earned some visitors recently for the first time in 14 years! The new findings reveal that what remains of the shipwreck is being eaten up by the ocean floor. Metal-eating bacteria is also swallowing up the wreckage. A series of five dives were completed this month, by an exploration team from Triton Submarines.
The team would explore 370 miles south of Newfoundland, Canada, and 4,000 meters below the surface. Experts were able to capture footage of the 107-year-old wreckage with specially adapted 4k cameras.
Photos from the first Titanic dive in 14 years
The legendary RMS Titanic set sail in 1912 when the allegedly “unsinkable” ship hit an iceberg. The ship then sinks to the bottom of the ocean floor. The disaster leads to 1,517 deaths of the 2,223 people on board that fateful evening. The new high-quality footage by Atlantic Productions will be showing the effects of salt corrosion, the metal-eating bacteria, and the decomposition of the ship.
Patrick Lahey, the president and co-founder of Triton Submarines, speaks on the findings. “The most fascinating aspect was seeing how the Titanic is being consumed by the ocean and returning to its elemental form while providing refuge for a remarkably diverse number of animals,” he says.
Experts are hopeful this experience may lead to more shipwreck dives around the world
Victor Vescovo, CEO of Caladan Oceanic and the submersible’s chief pilot, hopes that their new technology will allow them to visit other underwater shipwrecks globally.
In the meantime, the Titanic II is coming…
Of course, the team may have come for scientific and historic findings, but they did so with respect. The team lay a wreath and hold a ceremony for those who died as a result of the ship’s sinking all those years ago.
In other Titanic news, the Titanic II will allegedly set sail in the year 2022. It will follow its original voyage plans from 1912, and hopefully, will make it fully across this time! Construction of the replica ship recently resumes after a financial dispute that held up the project for a few years. The replica will carry about 2,400 passengers and, thankfully, it will have modern navigation and safety features aboard.
What do you think about these interesting new findings from the first Titanic dive in 14 years?