It’s been more than a century since the Titanic went down, but it’s still with us, or at least with whatever lives in the abyssal plane. If you want to pay a visit and have €250,000 to spare, you can dive the Titanic.
OceanGate, a US-based ‘civilian exploration’ company, is currently recruiting divers for its annual Titanic expedition, which will begin in May 2023.
‘First-of-its-kind’ footage shows Titanic in breathtaking detail
The wreck is captured in 8k detail in new video footage from this year’s expedition, providing the best insight yet into what awaits crew members.
“The amazing detail in the 8k footage will help our team of scientists and maritime archaeologists characterise the decay of the Titanic more precisely as we capture new footage in 2023 and beyond.”OceanGate Expeditions president Stockton Rush
New information has emerged, including the name of the anchor manufacturer (Noah Hingley & Sons Ltd), which was previously indecipherable on the portside anchor.
The bow of the massive ship, a portion of its hull, the cargo hold, an enormous anchor chain (each link weighing nearly 91kg), and collapsed railings have all been captured in high definition.
“One of the most incredible clips shows one of the single-ended boilers that fell to the ocean’s floor when the Titanic split in two,” Golden says. “Notably, it was one of the single-ended boilers that was discovered when the Titanic wreck was discovered in 1985.”
The new footage will also aid in the identification of species seen on and near the Titanic.
What exactly is a dive on the Titanic expedition?
According to OceanGate, fewer than 250 people have personally viewed the Titanic and surrounding debris field since the wreck was discovered.
As a result,’mission specialists,’ as the company refers to its crew rather than mere tourists or passengers, are in a very privileged group. You must be 18 years old, have strong sea legs, and be able to board small vessels, climb ladders, and carry weights.
And €250,000 for ‘expedition support and training fees.’
Stockton collaborated with NASA to create the world’s only deep-diving submersible (a small underwater craft) capable of reaching Titanic depths while carrying five crew members.
If chosen, you’ll embark on an eight-day mission that includes dives on the Titan submersible, which is apparently named after Saturn’s watery moon rather than the famous boat.
According to OceanGate, the expeditions are part of a “multi-year longitudinal study of the Titanic and its unique biodiverse ecosystem.”
While the Titanic is unquestionably the company’s flagship expedition, it also organizes deep dives in the Great Bahama Bank and the enigmatic Hudson Canyon, which has been compared to the Grand Canyon underwater.