It's under 3 weeks away not until the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking, our TV channels are beginning to show advertisements of upcoming documentaries and dramas telling the story of the R.M.S Titanic. Numerous Titanic exhibitions are opening around the globe to commemorate the lives lost of those on board the night she sank and magazines such as National Geographic will be releasing special anniversary editions.
The news is no different, stories are starting to fill the media with the most famous ship in history, just yesterday the Daily Mail online featured some hi-tech Titanic photos which have been taken as part of a multi-million dollar two month expedition. The photos taken during this expedition show some never before seen views of the Titanic lying on the ocean floor, almost 2.5 miles down in the North Atlantic.
These photos, in particular the side on view of the bow, really show the extent of the damage done to her as she hit the ocean floor at some 30 knots, plowing bow first into the sea bed. The stern in particular is far more damaged than the bow and from some angles looks unrecognisable as part of a ship. The reason for this is a simple one, Titanic's bow would have been filled with water when it went down, the stern however wasn't, so as it finally sank to the ocean floor the unequal pressure between the inside and outside (some thousand pounds per square inch outside the stern) would have caused it to implode, scattering wreckage across the sea bed.
The wreck site spans some 5 miles by 3 miles with debris scattered as far as the eye can see. Funnels of the ship are no longer attached and would have been detached during the sinking, in addition the crows nest has now collapsed, something which has happened in only the last 10 years. In fact, it's evident from current and previous photos that the overall decay of Titanic is speeding up and she is quickly becoming reclaimed by the ocean.
The photos shown below were taken by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution research group using some of the best technology currently available.
You can click on each of the images below for a full size view.