By Cristina Hodgson • 26 August 2019 • 7:26
The Titanic: Images of the legendary shipwreck reveals a rapidly-decaying wreck.
Credit: Wikipedia Commons
Ocean explorer Victor Vescovo recorded footage of the famous ship 643-kilometres off the coast of Newfoundland, where he visited the wreck in a submersible vehicle equipped with 4K-resolution cameras earlier this month. Images reveal the legendary ship is dissolving into the sea from the effects of salt water, strong currents and metal-eating bacteria.
Parks Stephenson, a Titanic historian who was also on the expedition, stated the worst decay appears to be on the ship’s starboard side.
“That whole deck house on that side is collapsing, taking with it the state rooms. And that deterioration is going to continue advancing.” “The captain’s bathtub is a favourite image among Titanic enthusiasts, and that’s now gone,” Stephenson added.
The imagery captured during the exploration will also be used to calculate how long it may be until the Titanic completely disappears.
The Titanic was meant to be unsinkable, but it crashed into an iceberg and sank on its maiden voyage in 1912.
Of the 2,227 passengers and crew aboard, only 705 survived after being rescued by a nearby ship, Carpathia.
Titanic ll set to sail in 2022 along the same ill-fated route, promising ‘an authentic Titanic experience’
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