Explorer scientists are willing to pay $250,000 to visit the wreck of the Titanic that has been lodged in the depths of the ocean for 110 years.
The scientific excursion plans to reach a depth of 3,810 meters in the icy waters of the North Atlantic Ocean in the summer of next year, but it is not a pleasure trip, but a series of explorations of 8 days each that will begin in May and end in June to collect images and data, according to the organizing company OceanGate Expeditions.
The “Titan” submarine with which they will reach the wreck is made of carbon fiber and titanium, equipped with high-resolution cameras and can carry up to five people.
During each dive of the submarine, which lasts eight to ten hours, it will be possible to capture images that will help to determine the percentage of decomposition of the wreck, as well as to evaluate the marine life that lives there.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Aaron Newman, one of the OceanGate Expeditions specialists who conducted the same expedition in 2021 said in a statement that ‘it was like something out of the Discovery Channel or National Geographic. It was very surreal and amazing’.
“This is one of the most interesting and unique experiences I have ever had. Less than around 200 people have ever been down to the Titanic and seen the wreck in 110 years.”
“Even diving to almost 4,000 meters [13,123 feet] in a submersible is an experience onto itself. That’s what life is about!” said Newman.
While PH Nargeolet, an experienced expeditionist who mentioned that he made more than 30 dives on the world’s most famous wreck over the past 30 years, said that “The bow is the most exciting part of the Titanic to see”.
“Year after year I have seen a lot of deterioration. It isn’t going faster, but you can see more of the inside of the ship as the wreck decays. Also, the mast has fallen down on the well deck,” he recounted.
“When you see the wreck with your own eyes it is very different than seeing it through an ROV camera. You need to see it with your own eyes,” Nargeolet noted.
The expedition with the ‘citizen scientists,’ which includes archaeologists and marine biologists, will depart from St. John’s in Newfoundland, Canada, to reach the wreck’s resting place.
OceanGate will also take approximately 40 people who paid to go and will take turns conducting the expedition.
“Somebody paid $28 million to go with Blue Origin to space, not even the moon,” Renata Rojas, a 53-year-old woman from Hoboken, N.J., who has been obsessed since childhood with the Titanic’s story, told The Columbian. “This is cheap in comparison.”
On April 14, 1912, five days after the start of its maiden voyage from Southampton, Canada to New York, the cruise ship sank after being struck by an iceberg. The wreckage of the iconic ship was discovered in 1985, and since then only 250 lucky people have been able to see it.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the ship’s hull and structure are likely to collapse within the next 40 years.