Many scientists, including Dr. Robert Ballard, the man who discovered the Titanic in 1985 believe that in order to preserve the nature of the ship, that something must be done. With the rate that bacteria is eating away at the ship and the damage that salvages and tourist trips have done to the Titanic, it is likely to collapse to the ocean floor in a few years if something isn’t done.
In an attempt to mend the fences with the scientific community, American company R.M.S. Titanic has agreed to launch two more expeditions to the ship but not do any salvaging. The company which has recovered over 4,650 Titanic artifacts from the wreck has met the scorn of many individuals in the scientific community comparing the act to grave robbing.
The R.M.S. Titanic company will launch an expedition on t 29th that will involve archeologists who will document the ship and make notes in order to help the long term plan of the ship. Researching aspects of the ship such as the bacteria and ways to prevent the collapse of the Titanic will all be things that are focused on during the expedition. The hope is that instead of stripping the Titanic, that a map and analysis of the ship will better preserve its state.
In addition to studying the causes for the ship’s decay, the expedition will also provide more photographs of the Titanic wreck. Even though there are many photographs out there today, only 40% of the site has been looked at, and even less than that photographed. Many of the Titanic pictures that people associated with the wreck are actually paintings. Using submarines, the expedition will take about 80,000 photographs.
Under new management, R.M.S. Titanic Inc. has decided to work with scientists to keep the Titanic wreck around long enough for future generations to enjoy. Instead of fighting with archeologists, the new management of R.M.S. Titanic Inc. has decided to help them map out the ship from top to bottom; something that has been a priority in the scientific community for quite awhile now.