Underwater camera spots Titanic
The long-held belief that the ocean liner contains jewels and gold has fuelled many a pirate spirit. For fear of more treasure hunters, Ballard does not reveal the exact location, only that she is hidden in a huge underwater gorge somewhere off the coast of Newfoundland. The oceanographer says he has no interest in the riches, hoping only to study the mighty Titanic's engineering aspects and preserve her as a marine memorial.
• In a 1987 expedition to the wreck, Canadian researcher Joseph MacInnis's submersible sonar and camera equipment located one of the vessel's containers. It was later exhumed.
• In 1997, an expedition retrieved the "Big Piece," a large chunk of the hull lying 16 kilometres from the wreckage site.
• Ironically, a number of microbiology tests later found the ship was not in as good condition as Ballard had claimed. The tests discovered that "rusticles," iron-eating formations that occur only underwater, consume about 90 kilograms of the ship each day. Based on this information, microbiologist Dr. D. Roy Cullimore predicted the Titanic would implode within 20 years.
• The 296-metre British passenger liner was the world's largest when she was built.
• Just before midnight on April 14, 1912, the ocean liner struck an iceberg. Two hours and 40 minutes later, she sank and claimed the lives of more than 1,500 people. It was her maiden voyage.
• The high death toll was blamed on an insufficient number of lifeboats, muddled evacuation procedures and poor response to distress signals. New safety rules and the International Ice Patrol were created as a result.
Program: The World At Six
Broadcast Date: Sept. 3, 1985
Guest(s): Shelly Lauzon
Host: Bob Oxley
Reporter: John Calver
Last updated: March 9, 2012
Page consulted on December 6, 2013
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