On This Day in 1985…first pictures of Titanic wreck capturedBy TheStudentGuide
73 years after the liner sank, the first pictures were released of the wreckage.
The wreck, which claimed over 1,500 lives had been discovered three days before by a joint American-French expedition lead by the explorer Dr Robert Ballard. They found that the ship was lying at a depth of 2.5 miles underneath the surface of the Atlantic Ocean. Film was captured by an unmanned submarine called Argo which was sent down to explore the wreck.
A survivor of the sunken ship, Eva Hart, said at the time that she was relieved they were not planning to disturb the site.
I feel that it's my father's grave, and the grave of 1,500 people," she said.
5 things you didn't know about the Titanic:
- A lifeboat drill had been scheduled to take place onboard the Titanic on April 14, 1912 - the day that she hit the iceberg. For an unknown reason, Captain Smith cancelled the drill, but many believe had it taken place, more lives could have been saved.
- With the order for women and children first into the lifeboats, plus the knowledge that there were not enough lifeboats for everyone on board to be saved, it is a bit surprising that two dogs made it into the lifeboats. Of the nine dogs on board the Titanic, the two that were rescued were a Pomeranian and a Pekinese.
- Titanic had a near collision as she left Southampton.
- Of the 1517 people who perished in the sinking of the Titanic, only 306 bodies were recovered.
- The ship was so brand new when passengers boarded it on April 10 that the paint was still wet in some spots.