The Titanic Might Disappear Once And For All
The Titanic is making headlines again and, once more, the news is, unfortunately, nothing to rejoice about. What remains of the most well-known cruise ship in history is in the process of disappearing forever. The wreckage has been resting at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean for 107 years, but experts say its underwater reign might be coming to an end.
For the first time in 15 years, searchers have travelled 3810 metres underwater in order to study the famous shipwreck equipped with the latest technology. The powerful cameras were able to capture never seen before images of the cruise ship’s remains. American explorer Victor Vescovo was able to make new discoveries about what remains of the 1912 tragedy which made history and was romanticized on the big screen in James Cameron’s acclaimed and award-winning classic of the same name.
The discovery is a sad one for everyone fascinated with the symbol that was the Olympic-class ocean liner that struck an iceberg during its cross-Atlantic trip from Southhampton and never made it to New York City. It seems that after over 100 years underwater, the Titanic, which is separated into two parts at about 600 metres of each other, is disintegrating. Along with normal corrosion damage, a metal-eating bacteria is feasting on the impressively large boat accelerating the process of nature reclaiming the remains. Experts say that important parts of the ship have already disappeared. Among them, some iconic elements such as the captain’s tub.
The diagnostic is not reassuring: the deterioration is happening fast. In fact, experts predict its full disappearance within 14 to 20 years.
During his excursion, Vescovo was joined by a Titanic expert and a production team working on a documentary about the British ship liner. Titanic enthusiasts, history fanatics and everyone remotely interested in the tragedy will at least have the opportunity to learn and relive the full report on this historic event for one last time before it erodes away.