The Titanic wreck has been the subject of various documentaries, films and conspiracy theories and has even been turned into a tourist attraction.
The doomed ship sank after colliding with an iceberg on its maiden voyage new York – and in June 2023, a submarine visiting the RMS Titanic wreck in the North Atlantic went missing.
How deep is the Titanic?
Since sinking in 1912, the Titanic has been 12,000 feet below the surface of the North Atlantic.
This corresponds to a depth of about 12500 feet.
It has been reported that the wreck could disappear entirely by 2030, all due to “hungry” bacteria in the ocean.
Due to the depth in the ocean, the wreck was initially well preserved, but scientists believe that the remains of the ship will not be around for much longer.
In 2010, proteobacteria were found on gutters recovered from the wreckage, and more recent estimates suggest the ship could potentially have completely eroded by 2030.
When was the Titanic found?
American oceanographer and marine geologist Robert Ballard and French oceanographer and engineer Jean-Louis Michel discovered the wreck of the Titanic in 1985.
The ship was found in two main parts about 2,000 feet apart.
In 2012, the Titanic wreck was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Where is the Titanic wreck now?
The remains of the Titanic lie on the sea floor about 350 nautical miles off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada.
In June 2023, 11 decades after the Titanic sank, a research submersible visiting the wreck disappeared.
The US Coast Guard sent a search for survivors after the ship disappeared with five people on board.
The submersible was sent by OceanGate Expeditions – a private company that charters trips to explore the Titanic wreck.
The ship reportedly had a four-day supply of oxygen BBC.
She set out to explore the iconic Titanic wreck, located 900 nautical miles east of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, but never returned.
Experts revealed they feared the submarine could become entangled in the wreckage of the legendary ship.
The five people on board included French dive pilot Paul-Henry Nargeolet, CEO and founder of OceanGate Expeditions, Stockton Rush, Pakistani millionaire Shahzada Dawood and his son Sulaiman, and British businessman Hamish Harding.
OceanGate Expeditions said in a statement, “Our entire focus is on the crew members on the submersible and their families.”
“We are deeply grateful for the extensive support we have received from multiple government agencies and deepwater companies in our efforts to re-establish contact with the submersible.”
The missing vessel weighs over 10,000 kg and is powered by electric thrusters producing a stopping speed of three knots.
It was designed by a team of NASA engineers but is reportedly controlled by a boosted Playstation controller.
There is no GPS system, the crew instead relying on texting from a team above the water.
The submarine, named Titan, sends text messages to communicate with its team on the transport ship Polar Prince, which is afloat.
Titan is believed to have lost contact with the Polar Prince just one hour and 45 minutes into the expedition on June 18, 2023.