Disasters & Accidents

Unpublished images of Titanic show ship’s almost intact ruins

Washington, Feb 15 (EFE).- The iconic prow of the Titanic, immortalized by James Cameron in his 1997 film, is seen almost intact, sunk to the bottom of the sea, in unpublished images of the ship’s ruins recorded in 1986 and shown Wednesday.

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in the United States released more than an hour of raw video of the wreckage of the Titanic, recorded in July 1986 with the cameras of manned submarine Alvin and with those of another similar device, Jason Junior, operated remotely.

In the images, published on the YouTube account of the oceanographic institute, the challenges of the boat, covered in rust and marine plants, can be seen.

The video was recorded on an expedition that allowed people to see for the first time the wreckage of the ship that sank in the North Atlantic in April 1912.

The bow, which served as the setting in Cameron’s film for a romantic scene between Rose, played by Kate Winslet, and Jack, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, can be seen clearly in the video, almost intact despite the passing of the years.

The publication of the material by the American institute occurs on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Cameron’s film.

In September 1985, a team from the American institute, led by Robert Ballard, in cooperation with the French center “Institut Français de Recherche Pour L’exploitation de la Mer” (Ifremer), located the ruins of the Titanic.

Nine months later, in July 1986, the American team returned to the site and managed to record the images.

The total duration of the video shown Wednesday is one hour and 21 minutes.

Some 1,500 people died in the sinking of the boat that was heading from Southampton, United Kingdom, to New York.

The publication of the images seeks to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Cameron, released in December 1997, which tells the story of Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bukater, two young people from different social classes who meet and fall in love on board the ocean liner. EFE


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