Titanic Wreck

Titanic Shipwreck

Titanic Ship Wreck

The Titanic Ship Wreck (click for full view)

Titanic Wreck Pictures

The idea of finding and raising the Titanic was thought of very soon after the sinking of the vessel. However, the first successful attempt at locating the Titanic Wreck was in 1985 by a French and American expedition led by Jean-Louis Michel and Dr. Robert Ballard. The Titanic wreck was located at a depth of 2.4 miles  about 370 miles from Forgotten Point, Newfoundland, 13 miles from fourth officer Joseph Boxhall’s last position reading where Titanic was originally thought to rest. The fallen vessel was located using a side-scan sonar mounted on the vessel Knorr. Ballard returned a year later to conduct the first human dives in the submersible “Alvin”. The expedition was funded by the United States Navy under the private conditions that the wreckage of two U.S. submarines by the names of Thresher and Scorpion were first discovered. The Titanic shipwreck offered interesting facts and information about the sinking of the Titanic as well as artifacts from her watery grave.

Titanic Ship Wreck by Ken Marschall T1988g1

The Titanic Shipwreck by Ken Marschall T1988g1

One of the main focal points of the wreck that scientists noticed was that the ship had actually split apart, contrary to what was popular belief. The bow was found 1,970 feet from the stern facing opposite directions which contradicted British and American accounts of the sinking of the Titanic. The bow was found to be in much better shape than the stern, as it was probably already filled with water before sinking. The bow is embedded 60 feet into the silt on the ocean floor, and although parts of it are under stress and ready to collapse, it is in relatively good shape. The stern likely had trapped air inside when it sunk, and therefore imploded in areas and received extensive damage upon hitting the ocean floor; the decks collapsed upon impact.

Titanic Wreck ArtifactsMany artifacts such as wooden (including french polished Mahogany) furniture, silverware, and dinnerware was found in the Titanic shipwreck while most of the softer material including carpet, human remains and, wood has been devoured by undersea organisms. Dr. Ballard initially did not take up any Titanic artifacts as he considered this a form of grave robbing, but throughout history more than 6,000 artifacts from the Titanic wreck have been recovered. Among these is the ship’s whistle which was recovered in 1992 and has been operated twice using compressed air as opposed to steam due to its fragility. Most of the artifacts from the Titanic shipwreck are on display at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England.

Titanic Wreck Iceberg

Said to be the iceberg Titanic hit

The current condition of the Titanic wreck is deteriorating and very unstable. Scientists estimate that the extra damage caused by tourists will cause the ship to collapse to the ocean floor within the net 50 years. most of the wood including the crows nest and mast have completely deteriorated.

Titanic WreckA legal battle has been ensuing over the ownership of the Titanic wreck as well as the artifacts pulled up, the largest being a 17 ton piece of the hull.

Titanic Wreck Hull

The Titanic Wreck

Titanic Wreck Artifacts

  • Tyler Hunt

    I love this site, and I get chills EVERY time I see the titanic shipwreck! I only wish I could go to pay my respects at the wrecksite!

  • Rex

    it is sad to say that this was only one of the many sinkings to come like the concordia when will people learn to keep away from ice burgs and rocks near islands

  • Frederick

    I cannot get enough of the history of the Titanic. What a terrible disaster due to the recklessness and cockiness of a few men. I am reading Shadow of the Titanic currently and ‘re-living’ it – 100 years later.

  • Woodsmika85

    Andrews said that!! Not the captain

  • James Howard

    Guys, you shouldn’t be quick to judge ships like that. The Advancement of Technology Center in U.S. started construction with companies to build ships that are designed to be truly unsinkable… Think on that…

  • crystal

    he did say that even god cant sink the ship, but i dont belive he ment to sink the ship he was just proud of his work.

  • Adam09josh

    when titanic was sinking  this guy jumpt off the strn

  • Wfvicky99

    ha

  • Marcusa

    it was allright when it laft belfast.

  • Xavier

    ok thats sad

  • Bridgetmallett

    I’m facinated by the artifacts but do think that they should have been left alone like Bob Ballard wanted.

  • Stuart North

    Changing the subject, does anybody know of a quality book on the artifacts of the Titanic? I went to the recent exhibition twice, and was gutted that there wasn’t one available. Any Ideas? 

  • Carlosbullock

    that was a terrible thing that happend all those poor people

  • Carlosbullock

    it does not matter how the ship was built it should have been strong enough to stand hitting an ice bu8rg

  • Carlosbulloock

    wat do u mean andrew said tht not the capitan?

  • Carlosbullock

    no i do not think they should not have been left down there because they are one of the most important artifacts in history

  • Carlosbullock

    it really is very sad

  • Carlobullock

    wat are u talking about it was alright ?

  • Carlosbullock

    look up the book on google and find wat store it is at and go get  it

  • Carlosbullock

    i wish i could pay my respect  at the titanic site as well

  • Carlosbulock

    that is wat i thought as well

  • Carlosbullock

    i am going to read the book and see for my self wat a 100 years was lke bck then

  • Carlosbullock

    why did u say ha for this is a sad story

  • MeluvsSnivy

    The Titanic was design to to stay afloat with only 4 of it’s watertight compartments flooded, and when it hit the Ice Berg, 5 of it’s watertight compartments flooded, therefore, the Titanic could not survive.

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  • francisco torres

    hey im francisco torres and my great grand mom was in the titanic. she has a lot of pictures from it. i love how she used to talk about it before she died that september 23rd of 1992 ughhh that evening was sooo hurt for me.. i miss her. and before she died she told me that the ship that she was in wasnt the titanic it was the sister of the titanic. i looked at her and said ” So weres the titanic ” and  she responded with this exact words ” The titanic was never finished in time for the departure ” this are truthful words. i miss her

  • The Nebraska Teen

    you know… its really sad to see all of this… i know its been a hundred years almost but, it still really makes me wanna cry

  • pennstatefan

    your right about that

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001402066748 Sutej Chaudhary

    good
     

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RI2RRWJSKRJX5ODYNGIFK6XIGM Cynthia

     Wow . . . if this is true it is NEWS . . . do you have any more proof that the ship that sunk was an imposter? If so, what happened to the Real Titanic that was weeks away from being completed?

  • Sidney Myttonwatson

    Thanks for sharing that. There are researchers who have heard this story and I think that they would appreciate it if you could contact them and share whatever information that you can find for them in regard to your grandmother’s comments. You will find them under google search Titanic conspiracy One of the chaps is called Bruce.

  • Pegibarnet

    sometimes i dream about being in the titanic…and the feeling is odd…it even convince me that i’ve really been there that i am a reincarnation of one of the passengers…creepy but intriguing.

  • Francisco Martinavarro

    quite fascinating indeed!