Voyages on the Titanic: Stunning New Photos Show What Divers Could Encounter for €250,000

More than 100 years after the sinking of the Titanic – and a quarter of a decade since Leo and Kate immortalized her ill-fated voyage on film – the ship looms large in the popular imagination.

It is therefore strange to think of the real ship, which is slowly breaking down 3,800 meters at the bottom of the Atlantic, 400 nautical miles off the coast of Canada.

The Titanic is still with us, or at least with what inhabits the Abyssal Plane. And if you want to pay him a visit – and have €250,000 in reserve – then you can.

The American “civilian exploration” company OceanGate is currently recruiting divers for its annual report Titanic shipping, launch May 2023.

‘First of its kind’ images show the Titanic in stunning detail

New video footage from this year’s expedition captures the wreckage in 8k detail, giving the best glimpse yet of what awaits crew members.

“The stunning detail in the 8k images will help our team of marine scientists and archaeologists more accurately characterize Titanic’s decay as we capture new images in 2023 and beyond,” said OceanGate Expeditions President Stockton. Rush.

New details emerged, such as the name of the anchor maker (Noah Hingley & Sons Ltd), which had previously been indecipherable on the port anchor.

“I’ve been studying the wreck for decades and have done multiple dives, and I don’t recall seeing any other image showing this level of detail,” said veteran Titanic diver Rory Golden. “It’s exciting that after so many years we’ve discovered a new detail that wasn’t as obvious with previous generations of camera technology.”

The mighty vessel’s bow, part of its hull, cargo hold, huge anchor chain (each link weighing almost 91kg) and collapsed railings were all captured in high definition.

“One of the most stunning clips shows one of the asymmetric boilers that fell to the ocean floor when the Titanic broke in two,” says Golden. “Notably, it was one of the one-end boilers that was first spotted when the wreck of the Titanic was identified in 1985.”

The new images will also help support the identification of species seen on and around Titanic.

What is an expedition on the Titanic?

According to OceanGate, fewer than 250 people have personally seen the Titanic and the surrounding debris field since the wreckage was discovered.

This puts “mission specialists” – as the company refers to its crew, rather than just tourists or passengers – in a very privileged cohort. You must be 18 years old and have sea legs. able to board small boats, climb ladders and carry weights.

And have €250,000 to cover “expedition support and training costs”.

Stockton worked with NASA to design the world’s only deep-diving submersible (a small underwater craft) capable of reaching the depths of Titanic with five crew members on board.

If chosen, you will embark on an eight-day mission with dives on the Titan submersible – apparently named not after the famous ship but Saturn’s watery moon.

The expeditions are part of a “multi-year longitudinal study of Titanic and its unique ecosystem of biodiversity,” adds OceanGate.

While the Titanic is undoubtedly the company’s flagship expedition, it also organizes deep dives in the Great Bahama Bank and the mysterious Hudson Canyon – assimilated to the Grand Canyon submarine.

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