Take a trip to the Titanic wreck

Schenelle Dsouza
Everyone has heard of the glorious RMS Titanic and it’s unfortunate downfall. We’ve either watched the movie, read about the ship, or at least heard about it through various sources.  
Photo Courtesy: IMDb
If you have always wondered what the unfortunate shipwreck looks like, here is your chance to see it for real. OceanGate Expeditions, a worldwide leader in the human exploration of the deep ocean is giving a select few the opportunity to personally visit the underwater shipwreck of the original RMS Titanic. The Titanic Expedition comes with a hefty price tag of USD 250,000 per head.  
RMS Titanic 
One of the largest steamships in the early 1900s, the RMS Titanic was designed by British businessman and shipbuilder Thomas Andrews and built by Harland & Wolff in 1912. As the story goes, the Titanic sank after colliding with an iceberg on its first voyage from Southampton, England to New York on April 15. After its collision, the ship stayed afloat for about three hours before sinking, taking down over 1,500 people.  
RMS Titanic
The shipwreck of the Titanic was first discovered in 1984 by Robert Ballard. By then, the shipwreck had already started decaying which is why it was not brought out of the ocean, for fear of it crumbling to pieces.
Photo Courtesy: Titanic Branson Museum
However, a few memorable artefacts were recovered like the violin belonging to band leader Wallace Hartley who played Nearer, My God, to Thee as the ship sank; a menu of the ship’s last meal; the deck bell that issued the iceberg warning, sheet music, and much more. While some of the items were sold for golden prices, others are kept on display at The Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge.
Photo Courtesy: Titanic Branson Museum
The expedition 
OceanGate Expeditions inaugurated the Titanic Expedition in 2021 to document the shipwreck and its decay process. Based on the rate of decay, scientists have predicted that the wreckage will completely disappear by the year 2037.  
The Titanic Expedition comprises of five 10-day missions. Each mission includes 8 days spent training at sea. Three mission specialists – a pilot, researcher, and citizen scientist (you), will take off in what is currently the world’s largest deep dive submersible, named Titan.
Photo Courtesy: OceanGate
Sailing off from St John’s in Newfoundland, Canada, the submersible will travel to the site of the wreckage which is 12,000 feet or 370 miles deep in the Atlantic Ocean. Each dive can last about 10-12 hours, where each submersible dive team will spend several hours exploring the Titanic wreck site.  
The Titan submersible is outfitted with the latest camera technologies to capture ultra-high-resolution imagery that will help determine the wreck’s rate of decay and assess the marine life that dwells on the wreck.  
Photo Courtesy: OceanGate Expeditions / Instagram
Stockton Rush, president of OceanGate Expeditions, said in a statement, “Honoring and remembering all those lost and impacted by the tragic sinking of the Titanic is an integral part of our efforts to study and document the wreck site. We are mindful of the lessons learned in the sinking and look forward to what theTitanicwill teach us over the next 110 years.” 
The expedition will take place from June 15 with only a limited number of seats. If you miss out this year, the expedition is said to take place next year as well.  
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