Titanic Was Revisited After 15 Years And While The Heart Will Go On, This Ship Might Disappear By 2030
I’ve gone through several historical accounts of the RMS Titanic, and they make it sound like she gloriously descended into the ocean, heralding those aboard into the freezing waves. However, in reality, there was nothing so glorious or serene about it. The sinking of the ship was so catastrophic, it forced Titanic to crack into half before heading straight into the ocean. And she did, with so much pressure, the dents are still visible on the seafloor of the North Atlantic Ocean. Today, it stands, still tied to its fate of being devoured by the ocean. Recently, after more than a decade, the first manned expedition took place to explore the ship. The speed at which she is deteriorating has shocked the explorers and they believe very soon, she will have completely perished.
Over a span of eight days, a team of experts completed five manned submersible dives to survey and photograph the ruins of the ship, at a depth of 3,800 metres in the North Atlantic. The ship has gradually ceased to exist because of salt corrosion, metal-eating bacteria and deep ocean currents.
Parks Stephenson, a Titanic historian on the expedition, revealed what sections have given way. “The most shocking area of deterioration was the starboard side of the officers’ quarters, where the captain’s quarters were,” said Stephenson to National Geographic. In fact, the hull of the ship took the staterooms with it, too.
Several expeditions to the sunken Titanic have revealed that the area is plagued with new litter the visitors have left behind. In fact, mollusks have eaten up most of the ship’s wood. Even the ship’s bow is being gobbled up by microbes, forming “rusticles”. Some people say the bow will be gone in a year or two; some say it will remain for decades. We don’t know when, but one thing is certain that there will be no trace left of the historic ship years down the line. With all the survivors having passed away, the wreck is the only thing left that tells the gruesome yet grand tale of Titanic. Lori Johnson, an expedition scientist, said, “The … wreck is going to continue to deteriorate over time, it’s a natural process.” One expedition predicted that all traces of the ship will be gone by 2030.
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James Cameron, director of the movie Titanic expressed, “The Titanic disaster was the bursting of a bubble. There was such a sense of bounty in the first decade of the 20th century. Elevators! Automobiles! Airplanes! Wireless radio! Everything seemed so wondrous, on an endless upward spiral. Then it all came crashing down.” She has been on the floor since 105 years – shunning the humans and returning to nature, gradually.