New high-definition images of the ruins of the mythical Titanic were unveiled on Wednesday, showing that the shipwreck is deteriorating rapidly in the Atlantic Ocean, just over 600 km off the coast of Newfoundland.
The images were recorded as part of an expedition led by the explorer Victor Vescovo, who piloted a specialized device that took more than three years to develop.
Thanks to this mission, a high-performance camera captured the first images in 14 years of the Titanic, whose wreckage languished at a depth of 3810 meters.
The team made five dives in eight days last August. Victor Vescovo admits that even if the history of the Titanic is well documented, he did not expect to see a wreck of this magnitude.
“It’s a very, very big wreck,” he marveled. I wasn’t fully prepared for that. When we saw it appear on the sonar, it really stood out.”
The team performed photogrammetry around the wreck in order to reproduce it in 3D and adapt it to virtual reality and augmented reality models. The images collected could also allow experts to better determine how fast the boat will continue to deteriorate.
On April 10, 1912, the Titanic sailed for a crossing from Southampton, England, to New York. Four days later, on the night of the 14th to the 15th, the ship struck an iceberg, killing 1517 of the 2223 passengers and crew aboard the ship described as “impossible to sink”.