The Titanic appears to be “rapidly deteriorating” under the sea, as new images using the latest technology show signs of the wreck’s state of disrepair.
The story of the Titanic remains fascinating more than a century later, after it struck an iceberg and sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912, during its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. On that fateful day, more than 1,500 of the 2,224 on board died.
The ship, under the command of Captain Edward Smith, was carrying some of the richest people in the world, as well as hundreds who had emigrated from Western Europe in search of a new life on American soil.
Just four days after leaving Southampton, it struck an iceberg at 11:40 p.m. CST, about 375 miles (600 km) south of Newfoundland.
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Upon impact, the hull plates deflected inward along the starboard side of the ship and opened five of the sixteen watertight compartments.
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The shipwreck was first discovered in 1986 by a French-American expedition and lies at a depth of 3,784 meters, almost 12 times the height of the Eiffel Tower.
However, images from a recent expedition show signs of rapid deterioration.
OceanGate Expeditions made its first trip to the site using the Titan submarine, highlighting how one of the world’s most famous shipwrecks has reached the “final stages” of its decomposition.
In the world’s only five-person submarine, measuring 4,000 meters, OceanGate has completed six weeks of dives. “These changes are distinctive and noticeable, including the Gorgonian Hydroid missing from the bow rail,” OceanGate reported in August, according to GeekWire.
Its masts collapsed and an increasing amount of debris spread in and around the site.
In its dive series, OceanGate used 3D imaging techniques along with video and sonar. The team will assess the true extent of the deterioration in the coming weeks and months.
They said this year’s trip marked the beginning of the annual documentation of the Titanic.
In a press release, Dr. Bridget Buxton, who served as the mission’s chief archaeologist, said: “We have compiled thousands of valuable new images and videos that can be shared with other researchers. We have also produced a map ArcGIS “. We will continue to add layers of data and images to this map each time you dive into Titan. “
A Newcastle University report in 2019 revealed for the first time the extent of the Titanic’s deterioration, which was “eaten up by metal-eating bacteria.”
More images from the mission will be released this year. OceanGate Expeditions in Youtube.
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