RMS Titanic capsized on its first voyage in April 1912, which resulted in the deaths of more than 1,500 people. The massive ship collided with an iceberg and sank in a matter of hours in the North Atlantic. However, more than a century after the tragic incident happened, a never before seen video of the Titanic’s wreck on the floor of the Atlantic has been made public.
The clips, which were captured by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) only a few months after explorers discovered the wreckage in 1985, show shots of the ship’s famous bow section, deck, and machinery.
The 80-minute video of raw footage, the majority of which had not earlier been made available to the public, shows the inside of the ship as well as sea creatures swimming around it. It was recorded about two miles beneath the surface of the ocean.
After the Titanic sank on its first voyage, numerous attempts to locate the wreckage were made. However, in September 1985 a team led by Robert Ballard in collaboration with Institut français de recherche pour l’exploitation de la mer (IFEMER) was able to locate the Titanic’s wreckage.
“By 1985, WHOI had developed new imaging technology, including Argo, a camera sled that was towed from the research vessel Knorr and captured the first photographs of the ship beneath more than 12,400 feet of water,” reads a press release from WHOI.
The very next year, a squad from the WHOI made the first trip to see the underwater ship using the newly created remotely controlled vehicle Jason Jr. and a three-person submersible named Alvin. The 1986 expedition is featured in this recently made available video.
The Titanic was the largest ocean liner in operation at the time, which was considered to be ‘Unsinkable’ when it was constructed. On April 14, 1912, it hit an iceberg in the Atlantic while en route from Southampton, England, to New York. The sinking shocked the world and fueled uproar over the lack of lifeboats on board. Stay tuned to Thirsty For News to get more updates.
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