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Full Titanic wreck site is mapped for 1st time

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posted on Mar, 9 2012 @ 09:33 AM
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 2,000 feet.

High Resolution image: Wreck Site

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:

High resolution: Bow Section

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:

Full resolution: Stern Section

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 sank.

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.


posted on Mar, 9 2012 @ 10:32 AM
reply to post by Nicolas Flamel

Very awesome! Thanks for sharing the links and photos.

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posted on Mar, 9 2012 @ 10:48 AM
reply to post by guppy

You're welcome. My jaw literally dropped when I saw these images. Their use of autonomous robots is pretty cool too.

I'm trying to identify various bits and pieces, while also taking in the whole scene. If someone sees anything interesting, let us know!

posted on Mar, 9 2012 @ 11:11 AM
Could this be one of Titanic's boilers, east of the stern section?

It's hard to remain detached, knowing what happened there.

posted on Mar, 9 2012 @ 03:40 PM
reply to post by Nicolas Flamel

To quote Tychus from Starcraft 2, "Well it's about time."

posted on Mar, 9 2012 @ 04:38 PM
Thanks for posting!
Titanic holds a great place in my heart

posted on Mar, 10 2012 @ 01:16 AM
what a fantastic find. Nice work...
It's amazing to be able to see it like that, and in such high-res, too... what amazing images.

posted on Mar, 10 2012 @ 01:33 AM
so does that mean that the conspiracy theory that a submarine torpedoed the Titanic isnt doesnt hold any water due to this information posted here?

posted on Mar, 10 2012 @ 09:16 AM

Originally posted by krazyiven
so does that mean that the conspiracy theory that a submarine torpedoed the Titanic isnt doesnt hold any water due to this information posted here?

The best German submarine in operation at the time was the Type U 2. It barely had the range to make it from Germany to the North American Coast and back. More significantly, it only had a maximum speed of 13.2 knots, while the Titanic was speeding at over 20 knots. So the Uboat would have had to be ahead of the Titanic at just the right place and time waiting for her to arrive.

There are however many reports of icebergs in the area Titanic sank, not to mention everyone on deck saw the iceberg and reported the iceberg strike. Some people think this is the actual iceberg that Titanic hit, it was in the right location and shows damage:

Titanic's sister ship, Britannic, was either torpedoed or hit a mine (which is basically an anchored torpedo) in 1916 off Greece during WWI. Her wreck has been explored by by Jacques Cousteau and Robert Ballard among others. Her wreck looks like this, totally different than the Titanic wreck:

Although the bow is damaged where she hit bottom, the ship is still basically intact. The torpedo or mine hole is not visible since she is lying on her side.

Also, while it took Titanic 2 hours and 40 minutes to sink, Britannic sunk in only 55 minutes, even with improvements made after the Titanic sinking.

So my short answer is no, Titanic hit an iceberg, and was not attacked by a Uboat.

It's ironic that of the three "unsinkable" Olympic-class ships (Titanic, Britannic and Olympic), two floundered in a relatively short period of time.

posted on Mar, 10 2012 @ 04:07 PM
reply to post by Nicolas Flamel

well thank you! I actually had never heard the theory of Titanic getting hit by a Uboat until i came here to ATS. Thanks for the info!

posted on Mar, 12 2012 @ 09:23 PM
Now for a theory that the Germans had an Ice-berg that could travel faster than a U-boat...

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