The story of the famous “Unsinkable” ship will resurface once more as a new, exciting and promising expedition, but first, turn the clock back almost 100 years. Close your eyes and picture the anchors being hoisted, the horns blaring into the distance, seagulls wailing and crowds waving and cheering “Bon voyage!” to their loved ones. It was on April 10th, 1912 that the RMS Titanic departed from the docks of South Hampton, England, and set sail for the Big Apple, New York City, only to never dock…
One of the most tragic events to have unfolded on the open oceans, the luxurious Royal Mail Steamer Titanic was designed to be unsinkable. The ship was created to compete with a rival British steamship firm, Cunard for steamship supremacy. The Titanic was 882 feet and 8 inches long, a gross tonnage of 46,328 tons, 9 decks and boasted a total carrying capacity of 3,547 passengers and crew fully loaded. The total number of passengers on the Titanic was 2,229 where 913 were crewmembers. Other than the ship travelling at an above average speed, the cruise was sailing smoothly. It was only 4 days later when tragedy befell the ship, plunging it to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. It was at around 11:30pm where lookouts had spotted the iceberg and frantically sounded the alarms. The ship’s engines reversed, the crew managed to narrowly evade the iceberg. With a breath of relief, the lookouts believed they were out of the woods. What they had failed to notice was that the glacial mass hid an underwater jagged spur that gashed 300 feet along the ships waterline. This was the first and last nail in the coffin. By the time the captain inspected the area for damage, it was far too late. Water was already filling five compartments while the ship was tilting forward allowing seawater to rush from one compartment to the other. The ship sank a few hours later with only 706 survivors out of the 2,229 passengers on board. Truly a grim and heartbreaking accident that unfolded on the frigid waters of the Atlantic.
Over a century later, the wreckage of the Titanic remains ever so still upon the ocean floor. Have you ever wondered what the ship looks like now? What underwater creatures have nestled within the ruins of the Titanic? How fast the ship is decaying? Wonder no more. This summer, OceanGate Expeditions are launching their submarine tours, plunging over 3,800 metres down into the icy depths of the Atlantic to uncover more of the sunken ships secrets. As a “mission specialist”, you will play a role in data gathering, trained in the art of underwater photography and other research duties during the expedition. The tour lasts approximately 8 hours with plenty of surprises and wonder. As much as one can be shocked laying eyes upon the ruins of the RMS Titanic, you may be equally as, if not more shocked by the price tag. Care to take a guess? OceanGate Expedition’s underwater exploration will sit at just over $168,000 per ticket. That’s right, $168,000! No extra zero there. CEO Stockton Rush justifies the price tag saying “What we're doing is something that's going to add to the historical record of the Titanic, what is it like now, how is it decaying, what kind of marine life is there. We're going to be making real discoveries,” during his phone interview with Washington State.
If you can afford it, this may be an opportunity you don’t want to miss! A chance to contribute to further research and exploration of the Titanic, hands on training from field experts and you can write down your name in the history books! Not only will you be uncovering potential discoveries, you will be presented with the chance to pay your respects to those that perished upon the frigid waters of the Atlantic. After all, this is also a resting place and OceanGate Expeditions plans to keep each excursion ethical and respectful. Why not leave your mark during this underwater expedition?