3-D Reconstruction Of The Titanic Shows Never-Before-Seen View Of The Shipwreck
Using deep-sea mapping, a team of scientists has created an “exact ‘Digital Twin’ of the Titanic wreck for the first time,” revealing never-before-seen views of the luxury passenger liner that tragically sunk after being struck by an iceberg while sailing from South Hampton, England, to New York in April 1912.
The disaster has long concerned the minds of researchers and historians believe that this new 3-D scan, 111 years after the Titanic’s infamous sinking, may provide some answers to the lingering questions surrounding the shipwreck that killed more than 1,500 people.
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“It allows you to see the wreck as you can never see it from a submersible,” a Titanic analyst, Parks Stephenson, told the BBC. “You can see the wreck in its entirety, you can see it in context and perspective,” he said of the Titanic that was discovered in 1985 resting 12,500 feet down in the Atlantic.
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Stephenson believes the scan could provide insight into how the ship collided with the iceberg 370 miles off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada. “We really don’t understand the character of the collision with the iceberg,” he said. “We don’t even know if she hit it along the starboard side, as is shown in all the movies. She might have grounded on the iceberg.”
The scan was carried out in summer 2022 by Magellan Ltd., a deep-sea mapping company, and Atlantic Productions, which is making a documentary about the project. Using remote-controlled submersibles, a team of specialists spent over 200 hours surveying the shipwreck, collecting more than 700,000 images from every angle, to create the 3D reconstruction of the doomed cruise liner.
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