I wouldn't want to take the risk of a lengthy dive in a cramped submersible with thousands of tons of water pressure outside just to catch a fleeting glimpse from an uncomfortable position. Seeing recovered artifacts up-close in the exhibit settings more than sufficed for me and gave me a chance to let my eyes linger on the remains of Titanic in a comfortable setting.
Just last night I was once more transfixed with the photographs of MARS which appeared in a past Nat'l Geo. Primarily a black & white photograph of the lander, taken by the ROV. I let my mind wander to the extremes of sci. fi.
I would volunteer in a heartbeat for the prolonged 110,000,000 mile journey. Beside...
...they'll be needing Carpenters to construct
habitats on the red planet...;-)
I would love to see the wreck up close but due to cost will probably not be able to afford it.
However; I have been to Halifax, Nova Scotia and visited the Maritime Museum which has actual items (life jacket, carved wood and a deck chair)from the ship. We also visited the Fairview Cemetary which was a moving experience.
If the opportunity was available for "FREE" I probably would grab it in a minute but I also have mixed feelings due to it being a gravesite for so many people.
It's just a matter of realizing that I wouldn't really be able to see much in that kind of cramped setting. Maybe if we had comfortable submersibles where you could be standing up and looking through a translucent porthole lining the length of the sub, that would be different, but I wouldn't want to get in one of today's submersibles anymore than I'd want to fly in a small private plane.
Wouldn't bother me. If anything went wrong, it would be all over in an instant. Bring it on!
p.s. Light planes aren't death traps. If you read the accident investigations carefully, you will find that 99% of them involve some form of human folly. Flying, like operating a motor vehicle, is only as dangerous as the pilot/driver makes it. In both cases, if you don't do anything stupid, your odds are very, very good.
There was a trip offered on E-bay for around 3,000 dollars. A 10 day trip on the Keldysh.
You did not get to dive on the wreck, but you got to assist with the submersibles and watch the others dive on the monitors. Of course if you wanted to dive just add about $25,000 to the kitty! Then again, pay the $3,000, and when they are about to launch a submersible pull your hidden weapon, take a hostage and go down!
I wonder if there are Titanic freaks in prison?
No, I absolutely would not go down to the wreck, but it's not just because of being that far down in extremely deep water in a confined space...it's 95% to do with the fact I'm absolutely terrified of seeing the wreck that close-up. How many people can say that, I don't know, but unless my submates would want to be trapped for three hours with a panicky madwoman who's going to go even more ballistic when she sees the bow looming up out of the dark, then I think it's just one of those things I'll pass on.
(Why do you think I haven't seen Ghosts of the Abyss? I even had to cancel my order at Amazon for the book!!!!!).
Assuming I could afford it and overcome my claustrophobia (I'm with Kim on that one!), I'd be like Bill Paxton only worse. "So this is where they oxygen comes out, right? What number means there's a problem?"
Oh my gosh, how can you even ask!?! While I am historian of the "dry" ship, I would give my right arm to see it. Yes, I hate close spaces, yes, I need to pee often, and yes, I fear the length/depth of the dive, but NO (extreme NO!) I would never pass up an opportunity to see OUR ship. My heart is there; of course my eyes yearn to be there too.
Any one who has ANY connections: I am a school teacher who will pass on my knowledge to our future leaders: pick me. I want to go. I will keep the whinning down to a minimum and I will only pee with exicitment in my own wet suit. Take me. I'm a "sport" ;->