The company that has exclusive salvage rights to the Titanic wreckage and ship artifacts filed a map of the surrounding ocean floor in federal court on Saturday showing where searchers found the twisted remains of the Titanic submarine.
The map, a mosaic of sonar images annotated by experts from the company, RMS Titanic Inc., helped indicate how close the ship was to its intended destination when disaster struck.
The vehicle probably exploded on the morning of Sunday, June 18, killing all five crew members. The owner of the Titanic, the director of underwater research of the RMS Titanic, was on the tourist submarine’s last dive as a guest of Oceangate.
sea floor map attached a legal filing As an exhibit, shows the ghostly outline of the bow section of the Titanic. This is one of the most famous features of the wreck as in-depth searches over the decades have found that the bow and forward railing are in relatively good repair, standing upright and standing almost proudly in the pitch darkness.
In an interview, Salver’s attorney Brian A. Wenger said, RMS Titanic Inc., said the map was based on private and public information available with the company. He said he had shared the ocean floor map with the United States Coast Guard as well as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and that no federal bodies had expressed any concerns about the accuracy of the representation.
“We believe this is reliable data,” Mr Wenger said.
In his July 8 court filing, Mr. Wanninger also noted that the Marine Board of Investigation, the branch of the Coast Guard investigating the disaster, would conclude its detective work in about 12 to 18 months and then hold a public hearing where Will provide witnesses. sworn testimony.
The story of Titanic is well known. After hitting an iceberg on its maiden voyage in 1912, the luxury ship broke in two and plunged more than two miles through the North Atlantic into an icy bottom.
The wreck of the Titanic was unearthed in 1985, and in 1994 located at the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk, Virginia. right of defense granted For RMS Titanic. As a designated rescuer, which is defined as a person or group engaged in the recovery of a ship or object lost at sea, the RMS Titanic is overseen by the Court, which has long handled shipwreck recovery cases. is monitored.
Based in Atlanta, the company uses its salvage operations for a number of purposes, including setting up traveling exhibitions of Titanic artifacts.
The map in the company’s filing displays a large dotted circle labeled “Titan Debris Field” in an area on the right or starboard side of Titanic’s intact bow section. The map doesn’t give any other details, such as the size of the field. However, the map shows the location as approximate. The Coast Guard, when it announced on June 22 that there had been a catastrophic explosion aboard the Titanic submarine, said that the debris field was approximately 1,600 feet from the Titanic’s bow.
jessica sandersThe chairman of RMS Titanic said that the seabed map was included in legal filings as part of the company’s obligation to keep the court informed of its activities and that, in this instance, it had added hours and days to Titan’s investigation. How did you cooperate? The submersible disappeared.
“We tried to help,” she said in an interview. “We gave them this map” so that investigators could better understand the characteristics of the ocean floor around Titanic and thus have a better chance of separating information about rocks and natural remains from possible evidence of the ship or its remains.
Ms Sanders said the map was partly developed by her employee who died in the Titan disaster – Paul-Henri Nargiolet, 77, a French submarine expert and a global expert on the Titanic, who was making his 38th dive to the wreckage. were trying to “So part of it was hers,” he said, referring to the map. He said a memorial service for Mr Nargiolet would be held in Paris next week.
Rob McCallumThe founder of EYOS Expeditions, which has led seven visits to the sunken ship, said the map showed no unexpected features or clues. “Nothing unusual turned up,” he said in an interview. The wreckage of the Titan submersible is basically where it was supposed to be, he added.