The RMS Titanic is arguably the world’s most famous ship.
It was immortalised in the James Cameron film (Leonardo DiCaprio still hasn’t lived that one down), and in other weird ways, like this Titanic-themed house in Jozi.
The ship, which was once the height of luxury, sank 107 years ago. You can read a harrowing firsthand account of what that was like for the passengers on board, here.
Since then it has rested 4 000 metres below the surface of the ocean, roughly 600 kilometres south of Newfoundland, Canada.
Here’s some footage of the Titanic before it sank:
If that song is now stuck in your head, you have my apologies.
For the first time in 14 years, divers have revisited the wreck of the Titanic, reports CNN.
A series of five dives were completed this month by an exploration team from Triton Submarines.
A team of experts, scientists and a National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration representative captured footage of the 107-year-old wreck with specially adapted cameras. The 4K footage will make it possible to see the wreck in augmented and virtual reality technology.
Before we take a look at the new footage of the ship, watch this video of the wreck, filmed in 2004. It will give you an idea of how much has changed in 14 years.
Moving on to the most recent footage of the Titanic:
This short clip forms part of a documentary made by Atlantic Productions. You can see how, in a short space of time, salt corrosion, metal-eating bacteria, and deep current action have eaten away at the ship.
“The most fascinating aspect was seeing how the Titanic is being consumed by the ocean and returning to its elemental form while providing refuge for a remarkably diverse number of animals,” said Patrick Lahey, the president and co-founder of Triton Submarines.
As part of the expedition to the Titanic, the team laid a wreath and held a ceremony to honour the 1 517 people who died in the ship’s sinking.
No necklaces were tossed into the ocean during the memorial.
On that note, I’ll leave you with this comic from Kit Beukes – a Cape Town based illustrator, specialising in comics and story boarding for animation.
Follow Kit on Instagram to see more of their work.
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