Bringing the Titanic back to life

We’ve all seen the film and have a pretty good idea about how the unfortunate disaster unfolded! Its almost 100 years since the Titanic sunk to the bottom on the Atlantic. Growing up I was fascinated with the Titanic. Everything from how it was made, the people who were on the ship and items that have since been recovered.

With the anniversary of the sinking coming up, a team of scientists have taken the very first map of the seabed where the titanic lies. The maps have been released today in time for the anniversary celebrations!

‘With the sonar map, it’s like suddenly the entire room lit up and you can go from room to room with a magnifying glass and document it,’ he said. ‘Nothing like this has ever been done for the Titanic site.’

The mapping took place during the summer of 2010. Although it has been known for the past 25 years where the titanic’s stern and bow landed, this is the first time it has been documented in this way.

Its also a sad reminder of all those that lost their lives that night. With the recent sinking involving the Costa Concordia, its a reminder of the power of the ocean.

The AUVs that surveyed the site moved at only 3 miles an hour and went back and forth over the site in a grid like pattern. High resolution photos were taken (130’000 of them in total!). They were then stitched together by computer to produce the map. It also provides new ways for scientists to investigate the site.

It’s bizarre seeing something so clearly that is so far aware! The wonder of technology!

I hope you enjoy the photos – All images are from The Daily Mail story.

FYI – I am terrified of every going on a ferry/boat/cruise!

PS – What do you think of the new layout?!

9 thoughts on “Bringing the Titanic back to life

  1. tearoomdelights

    Fascinating stuff, I didn’t know this had been done. Sonar imagery is really good for this kind of thing, I use it offshore and it’s amazing how clearly things can be imaged. As you say, the wonder of technology!

    I noticed your new layout as soon as it popped up and I think it’s lovely, You, and your hair, look beautiful in the header photo.

      1. tearoomdelights

        I don’t see much of great interest, mostly fairly uniform sea floor sediments. I have seen the odd bit of debris and several oil wells but I’d love to see a wreck, I’m ever hopeful!

  2. maenamor

    Great Post, Liverpool is holding a celebrations of the Titanic if that’s the right word that I,m really looking forward too. Very tempted to go to Belfast also.. but don’t have good memories of there so not so keen :-). new layout looks ace 🙂

  3. Mae East by Shannon Hadley

    I can agree…boats scare me.
    This was an awesome post, thanks so much for sharing. I can’t believe with the anniversary coming up soon that there hasn’t been a lot more about it. (At least here anyway)

    Have you ever been to the Titanic exhibition? A few years ago we went and it had tons of artifacts recovered and even a section of the ship itself. It was kept in a large pool of salt water so it would be preserved as the rest of the ship in the Atlantic.

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