Titanic’s highest-quality footage yet reveals stunning close-ups of the underwater wreckage. Just look.

A screenshot of OceanGate Expeditions footage

A screenshot of Titanic’s bow from OceanGate Expeditions footage.OceanGate Expeditions

  • An expedition team has captured the highest-quality footage of the Titanic ever.

  • It is the world’s first and only 8K video of the sunken wreck.

  • The footage will help scientists monitor Titanic’s rate of decay and identify marine life in and around her.

An expedition team captured the highest quality footage of the Titanic, the legendary passenger liner that sank on its maiden voyage in 1912.

The footage, the world’s first and only 8K video of the underwater wreck, shows “amazing detail” that will help marine archaeologists continue to study Titanic’s rate of decay, said Stockton Rush, president of OceanGate Expeditions, the organization behind the expedition.

It will also help scientists identify the marine life that thrives in and around the shipwreck, which lies at a depth of about 12,500 feet, according to a press release.

The “unsinkable” ship

Footage from the Titanic 2022 Expedition team has already led to experts identifying startling new details about the doomed luxury liner.

“For example, I had never seen the anchor manufacturer’s name, Noah Hingley & Sons Ltd., on the port anchor,” said Rory Golden, a Titanic expert at OceanGate Expeditions, according to the press release.

“I’ve studied the wreck for decades and made multiple dives, and I don’t recall ever seeing another image with this level of detail,” Golden continued. “It’s exciting that after so many years we may have discovered a new detail that wasn’t so obvious with previous generations of camera technology.”

Golden said one of the “most amazing clips” in the footage showed one of the one-sided cauldrons falling to the sea floor as the Titanic split in two. “Remarkably, it was one of the single-ended boilers first sighted when the Titanic wreck was identified in 1985,” he added in the press release.

Of the 2,240 passengers and crew aboard Titanic, more than 1,500 lost their lives when it struck an iceberg in the middle of the Atlantic. Reports later speculated that it took about six minutes for the bow section, which was likely traveling at around 30 mph, to reach the seabed, where it lay for 110 years, according to Britannica.com.

Built at the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the 882.5 foot opulent Titanic was the largest ship ever built. It was designed with a series of compartment doors that could be closed if the bow was breached and deemed unsinkable, Britannica.com said.

Titanic wreck with one-sided boiler

A screenshot of Titanic’s 2022 expedition footage shows a one-sided cauldron falling to the sea floor.OceanGate Expeditions

Other details, including the crane used to deploy a 15-ton anchor and a shackle originally attached to the ship’s now-collapsed mainmast, can be seen in the footage.

“Later in the video you can see three circular structures along the inside of the railing,” said PH Nargeolet, a veteran Titanic diver, according to the press release. “These are the triple fairleads used to guide the docking lines to the bollards on land to secure the ship to dock when Titanic was in port.”

Green light for the Titanic expedition

Green light from Titanic Expedition 2022 laser scaling system.OceanGate Expeditions

The footage also shows small green lights from the laser scaling system, which allowed the expedition team to determine the size of the objects they viewed through cameras and the Titan sub’s main viewing window.

The Titan, with five crew members on board, is the world’s only deep-diving carbon fiber submersible. A spokesman for OceanGate Expeditions told Insider that the organization worked with NASA to design and construct it.

With the Titanic Expedition 2022 now complete, OceanGate Expeditions is already planning the next trip to the wreck. It will set sail in May 2023 and record new footage.

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