Shipwrecks have been a source of fascination since medieval times. The word conjures up images of piracy, plunder, gold and jewels and long forgotten stories. The publicity which surrounded the raising of Henry VIII’s ship, Mary Rose, from the English South coast in 1982, gives an indication of the level of interest in raising ships from their watery graves. The sunken galleons of the Spanish Armada continue to fascinate treasure hunters and the under-water casualties of World War Two have become areas of study for marine archaeologists.
- View video footage of the wreck of the Titanic
Shipwrecks- Raising the Titanic
It is hard to think of a more exciting sight than a long-submerged hull breaking the surface of the water for the first time in hundreds of years. But even set alongside these rich treasures of history, it is difficult to think of a shipwreck which has attracted more interest than Titanic. Unlike the Mary Rose, there is no possibility of raising the Titanic wreck
. The possibility of refloating an intact ship vanished when the wreck was discovered 25 years ago. We rely on the images, footage and information provided by specialist diving teams who have the ability to reach the Titanic wreck
, over two miles below the surface of the Atlantic. Since the discovery of the Titanic wreck, the iconic image of the ship has become the rusty point of her bow, sticking up out of the mud.
Map of Titanic's Wreck- Location of the Titanic Wreck
Only a handful of people have witnessed this sight first hand but thanks to modern technology, it is possible for us to explore the Titanic wreck of the ship via our computer screen. A new mission left Newfoundland, Canada in late August to create a 3D map of Titanic’s wreck and to calculate the extent of its deterioration. The Titanic wreck site is located approximately 49 degrees 56’ North and 41 degrees 43’ West. The bow and stern sections lie about six hundred feet apart with a debris site stretching for approximately six kilometres.