Researchers from half a dozen organizations have teamed up to create the most comprehensive map of the Titanic wreck site yet.
The map covers an area of 3x5 miles or 5x8 km. Most of the sonar mapping was done by autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) which were underwater
robots not controlled by humans.
The first image shows the Titanic departing Southampton, England on her maiden voyage to New York. No one could have imagined her fate and the huge
loss of life. Of the 2,200 people aboard, almost 70% or 1,517 would ultimately perish.
The image below shows the wreck site. North is towards the top. The Titanic broke into two pieces as she plumeted to the ocean floor. The bow section
is large piece near the top of the image, and the stern section is further south near the bottom of the image. They are separated by approximately
High Resolution image:
In this image one can see the following:
On the Eastern edge of the map, halfway down is deckhouse debris from the middle of the ship:
South of this deckhouse debris are pieces of the double hull which separated from the ship as she broke in half:
Notice how far east of the main bow and stern sections these pieces are.
The bow section is shown below:
The seafloor mud and sediment was obviously disturbed as the bow sliced into the bottom.
Just NNE of the bow is a square shaped object:
The stern section of the Titanic shows the most damage and looks like it was crushed and ripped apart:
This image shows the incredible forces inflicted on the Titanic as she sank and hit bottom.
East of the stern section is a large debris field:
This pattern of debris just to the East of the stern section suggests to researchers that the stern section rotated like a "helicopter blade" as it
Researchers will be studying these images for clues on why the Titanic floundered like it did. The History Channel will also be airing a documentary
based on these new sonar maps.