Ken Marschall's Titanic 2001 Expedition Report


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Eric,

Thanks for keeping us posted on this. I've just finished reading it all. Ken's a class-act for taking the time to write and post his observations for everyone to read. It was fascinating - and a little sad - because so much seems to be disappearing or collapsing down there. I was intrigued that so many A-Deck cabins were looked into. I think those rooms were the prettiest on the ship, not ornate and spacious, just cosy and cute, like the bedrooms one might have in a cottage guest house. Perfect.

I noticed Edith Russell's room A-11 was on the list. But no such luck for the Duff-Gordons' cabins which I find curious. I wonder if A-20 & A-16 were damaged or otherwise inaccessible?

All in all Ken's report is as exciting as I'd hoped it would be. For those who haven't read it all, be prepared to be disappointed about some of what has happened to the poor ship AND to be surprised about some things that have been found better preserved than expected.

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Randy, I just finished reading it myself. The advancing decay is quite a disappointment, but I can't say as it's unexpected. Time favours nobody and nothing. From what was posted there, I can hardly wait to see the documentary itself when it finally comes out.

Cordially,
Michael H. Standart
 

Adam Leet

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I have yet to finish reading it. From the introductory passage and watching part five of the Earthship TV program, I can understand now why there was such a wait. Of course, now my appetite is whetted.


-Adam
 

Dave Hudson

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The Reception Room sounds like it will more than make up for the disarray of the staterooms. I'm literally drooling to see those images. Can you imagine seeing the floodlights of Mir pouring through those stained-glass panels?

Wow!

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Eric & Parks!

Thank you both for allowing us to share Ken's own personal experiences, this leave of new knowledge should keep me well and truely preoccuried for the next couples days or so.


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Inger Sheil

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How splendid to have a site that, after all the anticipation, not only lives up to but exceeds expectations! Kudoes to those involved in putting this on the net, notably Marschall, Eric and Parks. Even a die-hard non-rivet-counter like myself is mesmerised when material of this quality is presented!

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Certainly a huge thank you to all those who put that link together. I used only imagine what Titanic's interiors were like, now most of my thoughts about the A deck cabins and others are confirmed.

I particularly like Ken's approach to the Turkish baths. You can see the paragraph is short, but I still read it in anticipation that maybe that room was indeed reached! I wish they can visit it next time.

Inger ... did you notice the search for Molly's room on B deck
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I don't see where the bow quote came from, and although I'm not so sure that Molly had a brass bed, she was definitely not on B deck.

Thanx again to all those that made this account available.

Daniel.
 

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Congratulations to Ken Marschall for an incredible report, to Parks Stephenson for an exceptional website, and thanks to Eric Sauder for letting us know about it. I felt like I was back in college again, sitting through a fascinating lecture. How I longed for a question and answer period afterward. Cannot wait for this to appear in book form, and, of course, to see Cameron's HD3-D film.
 
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Ken's report was stunning!! It seems this is the first time an uncensored and candid play by play of what was seen within the bowels of the ship has been shared with Titanic buffs large and small. Past expeditions often forever cloaked their dicoveries with an air of secrecy.When i worked at the Boston Titanic exhibit, the exhibition crew wouldnt even tell the exhibit staff members what had been filmed. We were given vague ideas- we were told the rungs inside the foremast were filmed (under the forecastle);, but little else. This makes Kens detailed report a refreshing breath of fresh air. Numerous questions have been answered- one being the state of the cabins themslves. Most wood partitions are gone, but bed frames remain! Amazing...According to Kens' account, there seems to be an amazing quantity of intact paneling, despite the absesnse of many cabin walls. The presense of the leaded glass wndows in the 1st class recepotion room, and even an intact corner table in the dining room indicate that there were things within the ship that survived the carnage. I could not get over that image of the intact piece of furnature that still held the glass and caraffe. What were the odds those would survive unbroken? Without doubt THIS is the path future explorers must follow. Have team leaders who know Titanic cold, and are knowlegable enough to be aware of which canins they are exploring even without benifit of cabin walls. Seems that during the 1998 expedition, the poeple who fully unbderstood the layout of the interior of Titanic were far and few between...
The findings must then be shared wiuth the public- and for having done that Ken; THANK YOU!!!!!
Clearly there are some targets that need to be explored in the future
*The Turkish Baths is my top vote. How frustratuing Ken was lierally around the corner when his team had to back off. Given the fact that room was largely paneled with teak, and away from extensive currents. I suspect it will be in fine shape.

*The gymnasium- Before the gyms collapses into oblivion, I hope whatever remains can be brightly illuminated and filmed.

*The Reading and Writing Room- This is easily accessable either through the large rust hole on the boat deck. or by the large square window opening on A deck. The alcove could be filmed, and perhaps some glimpses could be caught of the crumpled lounge...In my opinion the Reading and Writing room was the most underrated room of elegance on the ship...

*The port side Verandah Cafe. Ken alluded it was a target, but didnt mention if they explored it after all. Its open to the sea, and looks very accessable...

Thanks again Ken for a fine report, and may future Titanic explorers learn from your example, by putting their findings into clear and concise decriptions that will be shared will all people in Titanic buufdom


Regards

Tarn Stephanos

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On behalf of Ken Marshall a finely detailed narrative. In every aspect the man is a professional. As a prominent member of the THS he appears to keep an open mind in regards to the salvage issue. This can be attested by his article contribution to USA Today Magazine..."A Titanic Task: Confronting the Titanic salvage issue".

I was left puzzled by the fact that Ken mentioned his surprise of a dramatic bend in the stern keel. This was earlier clarified by Dr. Paul Mathias (SEE: "Legacy..." (Wels). No mention of the wing props or rudder??

I was excited as Ken to learn that a trace of the "yellow band" was visible, and something I had hoped for was realized. A precarious visit under the overhanging poop to film traces of the homeport name at the after stern/fantail. WOW!

Ken also mentioned that the stern plaque left by Dr. Ballard was missing. It is obvious, and Ken also surmized that it slid off. If you will refer to the "Secrets of the Titanic" (Nat'l Geo.) video, you will note that during the closing segments of the video, Alvin with occupants Ballard, Foster and Bowen have just set the plaque on a fairlead roller and are reversing the submersible, the film culminates when the darkness envelopes this most sorrowful scene. With a keen eye the viewer will note an ever gently slope of the stern, if I remember correctly to starboard. So logicaly assuming, if Marshall's 15' collapse summary is correct, well naturally the plaque would have tumbled to the seabed.

As with Parks, yes I have always felt if any one individual was deserving of this Titanic treat, it would be Ken. Thru his hand (I like to think touched by GOD) Titanic is alive, and in vivid color in our hearts.

My signed "Greatest Work of Man" by Marshall is very special to me...:)

I would have glady sacraficed my seat in a deep-sea submersible in order for Ken to make the trip.

Michael Cundiff
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Once you've read through the report, you might want to check the Authors' Biographies page off the main site. For one reason, you'll find out things about the authors that you might not have known (Ken Marschall won an Emmy!?! Dave Brown once tried to kill Ethel Merman?!?). Best of all, though, there are pictures of the authors in their natural habitats. Where else can one find such entertainment for free?

Parks
 
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I saw those pics. Captain Dave at the wheel, Ken in the sub, and yourself at the switch. (Now let's see...what does this switch do?) Parks pushes switch over...."Oh shi.....ZZZZZZZZZAAAAAAAAAPPPPPPPPPPP!"
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Ahhhh....oops.

Well, somebody get the dustpan and broom.
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Cordially,
Michael H. Standart
 
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Michael,

Just between you and me...the ROV video proves that the switch I'm holding (the starter for the motor-generator) doesn't belong in that room in Titanic. Oh, well....

Parks
 
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Now might be a good time to emphasise that Ken's report was the result of a lot of hard work by a good number of people...check Ken's acknowledgements on the introduction page. Even Jim Cameron had direct input to the report. What is not mentioned, however, is that Ken started on his account while still at sea aboard the Keldysh. For the past three and a half months, he has dedicated himself to getting this report written, polished and posted for every one of you. Even now, Ken is reading again through each word and looking at each uploaded image, just to make absolutely certain that everything he put out is of the highest quality and accuracy. Expect minor revisions to occur and possibly even new information to appear as he completes his analysis of the footage taken.

Why wasn't the report held up until after all his analysis was completed? Because the analysis won't be complete in the foreseeable future. There has to come a point where you say that we can't wait any longer, everybody's waiting for something. Believe me, the site was launched as soon as it could. These things cannot be done quickly.

Again, even though this effort was the result of hard work by a number of people, it really begins and ends with Ken. He put his all into this report and for no other reason other than to share what has been learned with all of you. And don't expect this to be the last word, either.

Parks
 

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