Are you dreaming of adding one more wreck to your list of diving adventures? Consider taking an opportunity to dive one of the most famous shipwrecks in history. In July, Blue Marble Private, a London-based travel company, starts offering trips to the fabled RMS Titanic.

Attention photographers! This is your chance to get some real pictures of the Titanic underwater.

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Located off the coast of Newfoundland, the expedition is ten days long. Included is the transportation to the surface ship where you will undertake a three day training course. This course will prepare you for diving in a submersible. Then you will descend 2 miles (3.2 km) below the surface to a wreck site few people will ever see.

Once on site you will explore the ship’s deck, bow, and fabled grand staircase. There may be as many as three dives conducted, giving you a chance to visit different areas of the debris field. The crew of your visit also conducts sonar mapping of the Titanic’s boilers and propellers. Try to get involved or observe while on-board.
At the least, you will get some real Titanic before and after pictures.

105 Years Ago!

“Since her sinking 105 years ago, fewer than 200 people have ever visited the wreck, far fewer than have flown to space or climbed Mount Everest, so this is an incredible opportunity to explore one of the most rarely seen and revered landmarks on the planet.” –Stockton Rush, OceanGate, Inc. CEO

For the lucky few who can join this expedition the estimated cost is a bit over $105,000! Keep in mind that this price is roughly equivalent to the $4,350 cost of a first-class ticket. So, adjusting for inflation, this sticker price would have bought you passage on the 1912 inaugural voyage of the Titanic.

On April 15, 1912, the Titanic struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic east of Newfoundland, Canada. It was on its maiden voyage from Southhampton, UK to New York, USA. Of the estimated 2,224 people on board, more than 1,500 perished, making it one of the deadliest disasters in maritime history.
 
During the sinking of the Titanic, the ship broke into two sections. Today, the bow and stern lie about 600 meters apart. Scattered pieces from the mid-section of the ship separate the two. The bow remains in relatively good condition. The stern was severely damaged upon impact with the sea floor.

 

Diving the Titanic, Better Hurry!

The tour operators stress that if interested, you better hurry! The wreck is deteriorating. Metal-eating bacteria, strong ocean currents, and salt water are all destroying the ship’s iron hull. Some estimate that the wreck will suffer severe damage over the next several decades.

If you are unable to book a slot on this expedition, you might try Los Angeles-based Bluefish instead. There are rumors that this company will also be making dives to the site in 2018. As of today, those reports are not confirmed. For more info, see this article.  Or check out the Blue Marble Private website.

Also, find more scuba diving information in Blue Ocean Network’s #OriginalContributions. For perspective on the Sinking of the Titanic Exhibit at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax, see our post: News from the Maritimes Part 4.

by Robert Frerck, Blue Ocean Network

 

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