Exactly 110 years ago, the RMS Titanic hit an iceberg and sank, shocking the world and reminding it of technology’s fallibility. Since then, the sunken ocean liner has become almost like a myth. Especially since the release of James Cameron’s film. But Titanic‘s sinking was a very real event, a tragedy that took thousands of lives. And its graveyard still lies on the North Atlantic ocean floor, 12,500 feet down.
Recently, thanks to DesignTAXI, we learned that the 2022 Titanic Expedition crew journeyed to the ship’s final resting place. Only this time, with state-of-the-art 8K cameras, to capture details never seen before. You can check out some of that amazing new footage in the video above. It shows the bow, the portside anchor, one of the hulls, and an anchor chain. Until now, we’ve never seen footage this detailed.
Although still intact, the Titanic is deteriorating more and more with each passing year. It’s likely that in a few decades, nothing will be left of her. So it’s important to chronicle as much as we can while the ship remains intact. The current crop of researchers is assessing the Titanic’s current rate of decay, as well as the sea life living around it. All with the help of new high-definition deep-sea cameras and 3D sonar scanners. This latest expedition lasted eight days.
The OceanGate Expeditions crew has been exploring the wreckage for decades. Not everyone these days realizes that the Titanic’s resting place went undiscovered for 73 years. They did not discover it until 1985. But since then, they’ve done dozens of dives to explore the lost ship. OceanGate’s Stockton Rush explained “The amazing detail in the 8K footage will help our team of scientists and maritime archaeologists characterize the decay of the Titanic more precisely as we capture new footage in 2023 and beyond.” We can’t wait to see more.