New video from the Titanic is awe-inspiring. The footage captured the ‘unsinkable ship’s’ 15-tonne anchor, copper caps and boiler that fell to the bottom when the ship sank 12,500ft in the North Atlantic in 1912.
The video, captured by dive tour company OceanGate Expeditions, reveals an amazing level of detail and color not seen since April 12, 1912. The team filmed the historic vessel in the highest video resolution, approximately 8,000 pixels (8k) wide. where it allows them to zoom in on specific areas without losing image quality.
This allowed them to see details they had never seen before, such as ‘Noah Hingley & Sons Ltd’, which is etched into the anchor and provides an insight into how the wreck is changing in its watery grave.
This is OceanGate Expeditions’ second annual trip to the Titanic, carrying “expedition experts” and researchers aboard the massive ship while safely inside the company’s Titan submarine.
The Titanic mission took place during an eight-day mission that began in May and ends in June, and each “special mission” seat costs $250,000 – an increase of $125,000 from the previous year.
Tockton Rush, President of OceanGate Expeditions, said: “The amazing detail in the 8k footage will help our team of scientists and marine archaeologists characterize the Titanic’s erosion more precisely as we capture new footage in 2023 and beyond.”
The citizen explorers, or mission experts, began their adventure by traveling on the mission ship from St John’s in Newfoundland, Canada to the Titanic’s wreck site, 370 miles away.
“Later in the video you see three round structures along the inside of the railing. These are the triple mooring lines that were used to feed the mooring lines to the anchors on the shore to secure the ship to the dock when the Titanic was in port,” Nargeolet continued.
During the voyage, the divers spotted hull number one, cargo hold number one, and solid copper caps, the metal structures used to move heavy weight by means of ropes, cables or chains.
And all of this is being seen for the first time since the Titanic sank to the bottom of the ocean.
There are also dramatic signs of decay where part of the Titanic’s rail has collapsed and fallen away from the ship.
Rory Golden, OceanGate Expeditions Titanic expert and veteran Titanic diver, noted “One of the most amazing clips shows one of the boilers with one end falling to the bottom of the ocean when the Titanic broke in two.”
While such trips aboard the vessel have generated excitement, they have also sparked controversy: experts believe that rescue missions and other missions over the decades – including filmmaker James Cameron’s famous dive in 2001 – have further weakened the integrity of the 108-year-old hull .
The ship’s landing on the wreck has caused considerable wear and tear to the promenade deck, with some of the most significant damage caused by Cameron’s expedition, in which a submarine collided with the ship’s hull.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the ship’s hull and structure is likely to collapse within the next 40 years.
Dubbed the “unsinkable ship,” the Titanic sank on April 14, 1912, four days into its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York.
The giant ship collided with an iceberg and in the end 1,517 of the 2,224 passengers and crew on board died.