New 4K Titanic Photo Reveals Extreme Decay

August 22, 2019

New 4K images taken earlier this month reveal the remains of the Titanic more than 107 years after the ship sank in the North Atlantic Ocean. 

A team of four deployed a submergence vehicle that took the photos, which show large amounts of decay. The group totaled five dives to the remains in an eight-day period. 

The trip marked the first time in 14 years the site was revisited. 

“The future of the wreck is going to continue to deteriorate over time, it’s a natural process,” said Scientist Lori Johnson in a news release. “These are natural types of bacteria, so the reason that the deterioration process ends up being quite a bit faster, is a group of bacteria, a community working symbiotically to eat, if you will the Iron and the sulphur.”

The photos will allow 3D models of the ship to be produced and help researchers create visualizations using augmented and virtual reality.

What is left of the Titanic sits 370 miles south of Newfoundland, Canada, according to a news release. 

Metal-eating bacteria, currents and salt corrosion are impacting the remains the most. 

“The most shocking area of deterioration was the starboard side of the officer’s quarters, where the captain’s quarters were,” said Titanic Historian Parks Stephenson. “Captain’s bath tub is a favourite image among the Titanic enthusiasts, and that’s now gone. That whole deck hole on that side is collapsing taking with it the staterooms, and the deterioration is going to continue advancing.”

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