Unseen Titanic

Monday, April 09, 2012

Hampton Sides, author of the article “Unseen Titanic,” in National Geographic’s April issue, and Dr. James Delgado, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) archaeologist who was part of an expedition down to the Titanic, discuss the new technologies that have revealed the most complete—and most intimate—images of the famous wreck.

© Emory Kristof/National Geographic
Bow railing of R.M.S. Titanic illuminated by Mir 1 submersible behind the forward anchor crane. Rustcicles' slant shows the direction of the current.
© Photo by Emory Kristof/National Geographic
Newspaper headlines detail the tragic sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic which, after being hailed as unsinkable, did just that on its maiden and only voyage.
Courtesy Joseph H. Bailey Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Interior of a first class cabin in the shipwrecked R.M.S. Titanic


Dr. James Delgado and Hampton Sides

Comments [6]

Mike from New Jersey

Of the Titanic's intended running mates, the Britannic was indeed lost during WWI (to a mine). The Olympic, however, did not sink but led an otherwise normal service life until the mid-1930s. RMS = Royal Mail Ship (meaning it carries postal shipments). HMS = His/Her Majesty's Ship (referring to a *military* vessel only). I have not studied the "brittle steel" theory and so cannot help there.

Apr. 09 2012 11:24 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I remember an article in the NY Times science section many years ago that said the rivets in the hull of the Titanic (as well as the Britannic & the Olympic, which also sank) were made w/a high slag content, which weakened the rivets & allowed more extensive tearing away of the hull segment than stronger rivets would have. Can the guests comment on this? And why were these ships "RMS" rather than "HMS"?

(I'm not specifically a Titanic geek but a more general science geek.)

Apr. 09 2012 12:24 PM
Suzanne Mannion

Passenger records of some of the Titanic survivors are in the Ellis Island database - both famous (Madeline Astor) and those whose stories haven't been told.

Apr. 09 2012 12:18 PM
Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

When is the precise minute (local NYC time) that marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking? Most of the timelines I have seen use shipboard time. The problem with shipboard time is that it matches NOTHING. The closest estimate that I can make puts the sinking at 220A shipboard which was 5:47 GMT - 12:47 in local New York. There was no daylight savings time in effect in 1912, so the anniversary of the time will be from 11:10 pm on 4/14 through 1:47 am on 4/15. How close did I get?

Apr. 09 2012 11:13 AM
George from Brooklyn

Why are people still fascinated with the Titanic after all these years?

Apr. 09 2012 09:15 AM
Brenda from New York City

I look forward to this show. There was a very interesting piece by Tanya Mohn (NYT) that looked at the physical construct of the passenger spaces of the ship. It illuminates ways in which we've changed in relationship to our spaces and to each other.

Apr. 08 2012 10:04 AM

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