It had been ordered by Ronald Reagan to find two sunken submarines.
The history of the Titanic continues to fascinate researchers who add new details about the sunken ship. Now it was revealed that the search for the ship was actually a mission ordered by Ronald Reagan to find two submarines lost during the Cold War.
The exhibition “Titanic: The Untold Story”, which takes place in the National Geographic Museum in Washington, presents memories and objects never before exposed and details the top-secret mission linked to the Cold War that led to the discovery in 1985 of the sunken ship.
The United States Navy used the Titanic expedition to find two submarines sunk during the Cold War. It was led by a former US naval intelligence officer, Robert Ballard.
“President Reagan wanted me to carry out a mission to recover two Cold War submarines … conveniently the two were the remains of the Titanic,” Ballard said.
“Most of the Cold War was fought underwater and much of this was never known to the American people,” said the expeditionary.
The exploration in September 1985 found the famous ship at a depth of 2.5 miles and about 370 miles off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada.
“I only had 12 days left in the mission when I found it,” Ballard added. At that time, the research team published photos of the remains but said they had no plans to save the ship or explore its contents.
The following year, Ballard returned to the site and did eleven more dives at the site of the find.
In addition to revealing this mission, the exhibition features never before exhibited expedition memories and ocean floor artifacts, passenger belongings and lifeboats, including scores of songs the band played while the sinking occurred.
The Titanic, built in Belfast, was the largest passenger ship in the world when it entered service. It sank on its inaugural trip in 1912 and 1,500 people lost their lives.
Source: Clarin Society