It is the first that one can see the manufacturer's name on the portside anchor of the ship that sunk in 1912.
New footage has been released that shows the RMS Titanic's wreck in 8K resolution. It has never been seen before in such high definition which is the biggest screen currently available, reports CNN. This equates to a horizontal resolution of 8,000 pixels, or double the clarity of a 4K TV. And that means that this newest exploration of the 110-year-old wreckage has an incredible amount of detail and color. OceanGate Expeditions shot the footage during a visit to the location in 2022, which is located 2.4 miles below the surface of the North Atlantic, 400 nautical miles from Newfoundland, Canada.
Stockton Rush, president of OceanGate Expeditions, said in a press release, "the amazing detail in the 8K footage will help our team of scientists and maritime archaeologists characterize the decay of the Titanic more precisely as we capture new footage in 2023 and beyond." It will also help scientists identify the aquatic fauna that lives in and around the wreckage, per Science Alert. The newly released footage begins by panning up the bow of the Titanic, which famously sunk first after colliding with an iceberg on the night of April 15, 1912. The ship's features, such as the name of the anchor builder, Noah Hingley & Sons Ltd, are now visible on the port side anchor.
The new footage from Oceangate's expedition to Titanic was released in glorious 8K yesterday. For the first time, we can see the manufacturer's name on the portside anchor, which isn't a huge detail, but it shows how detailed the footage is. pic.twitter.com/SmU6ZSlcL7— Keaton Henke (@henke_keaton) September 1, 2022
Rory Golden, OceanGate Expeditions Titanic expert, and veteran Titanic diver, said in the press release, "I've been studying the wreck for decades and have completed multiple dives, and I can't recall seeing any other image showing this level of detail." He added, "It is exciting that, after so many years, we may have discovered a new detail that wasn't as obvious with previous generations of camera technologies."
According to Paul Henry Nargeolet, a skilled Nautile submersible pilot and Titanic diver, the green lights visible on the port side anchor as the video pans across are from the laser scaling system. He said, "This system allows us to accurately determine the size of objects [...] The distance between the two green lights is 10 centimeters."
He added, "Early in the video you can see the crane used for deploying the enormous 15-ton anchor still located on the deck of the shipwreck and the shackle that was originally attached to the main mast that has now collapsed." One of the "most amazing clips" in the footage, according to Golden, shows one of the single-ended boilers that dropped to the ocean floor after the Titanic broke in two. He said, "Notably, it was one of the single-ended boilers that were first spotted when the Titanic wreck was identified back in 1985."
Over, 1,500 of the 2,240 passengers and crew on board the Titanic died. According to Britannica.com, it took around six minutes for the bow portion, which was likely going at approximately 30 miles per hour, to reach the ocean floor, where it has been lying for 110 years.
For a quarter of a million bucks, I’d better see Jack Dawson swim by. https://t.co/zTrPm6CdUD— David Waldstein (@DavidWaldstein) September 5, 2022
The footage also depicts the Titanic's first of two hulls, its massive anchor chain (each link weighing roughly 200 pounds), the first of the ship's six cargo compartments, and the ship's solid bronze capstans. The magnificent wreck is rapidly deteriorating. Over the past century and more, salt water and sea pressure have quietly wreaked havoc on the steel hull, causing thousands of rusticles – the rusted orange-green formations that dangle from the Titanic like so many thousands of icicles. According to some estimations, the ship will vanish in a couple of decades.
OceanGate Expeditions expects that the new footage will aid in determining the liner's current pace of degradation since future expeditions will acquire further footage that can be compared year after year. The 2023 expedition, which will depart from Newfoundland in May of next year, is already accepting applications. Those who start off the depths will be among just two or three hundred persons who have completed the journey which is fewer than those who have been to space.
Interested people can fill out the Titanic Mission Specialist Application, go through interviews and pay the fee that is about $250,000.
Cover Image Source: Oceanic Expeditions/Youtube