New images of the Titanic have contributed to the investigation into what happened to the transatlantic ship in 1912. Besides the impact of these photographs, another aspect that has attracted the attention of the researchers are the objects they found.
It is incredible that the ship is at a depth of almost 4,000 meters in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, and there are still individual items that have not yet decomposed.
They were also found in the remains of the Titanic, which sheltered life for eight days. shoes, watches, ornate metalwork, figurines, and even unopened bottles of champagne, They were in the waste area.
This is the first full digital scan of the Titanic, showing the entire wreckage with unprecedented detail and clarity. This spectacular work was commissioned by Magellan Ltd, a deep-sea mapping company, and Atlantic Productions, who are making a documentary about the project.
The use of said technology provides a unique 3D view of the entire ship, “which allows it to appear as if it had been pulled out of the water”, it is explained on the former’s official website.
The scan was carried out in 2022, with experts using a submersible remotely controlled by a team aboard a special vessel. They mapped the wreckage for over six weeks (200 hours). They captured more than 700,000 images from all angles, thus achieving an accurate 3D reconstruction.
Richard Parkinson, founder and CEO of deep-sea exploration firm Magellan, estimated that the resulting data, consisting of 715,000 images, is 10 times larger than any underwater 3D model that has been attempted before .
“This is a completely one-to-one digital copy, the Titanic’s ‘twin’ in every detail” Anthony Geffen, director of the Atlantic Productions documentary company, told the AP.
Geffen noted that preview images of the Titanic were often affected by low light levels and only allowed viewers to see one area of the wreckage at a time. He said the new 3D model captures both the bow and stern sections, which were separated when submerged, including the propeller serial number.
The researchers have spent seven months processing the vast amount of data collected and a documentary on the project is expected to be released next year. But beyond that, Geffen hopes the new technology will help researchers uncover more details about how the Titanic met its fate and allow people to interact with the story in new ways.
“All of our assumptions about how it sank and many details of the Titanic come from guesswork, as there is no model that can reconstruct or calculate the exact distance.”
In the images you can see the wrecked ship in its entirety, revealing a complete panorama of the Titanic. It consists of two parts: the bow and stern.
The bow (front) is still recognizable, despite being covered in rusted stalactites. There, just a huge ladder rests.
While in the stern (rear) it collapsed and you can also see how it was after the transatlantic ship sank. Only the remains of the material are visible.
As time goes on, investigators must work swiftly to uncover what really happened to the Titanic. For microbes consume the parts and decompose them.
The positive aspect of this recent scan is that it allows us to examine the secrets of the ship in greater detail.
The Titanic was on her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York City when it struck an iceberg off Newfoundland in the North Atlantic on April 15, 1912. The luxury liner sank within hours, a disaster that claimed the lives of nearly 1,500 people.