Hello! Welcome to the message board!Dear all, well to confirm after years of delays Oceangate's expedition to RMS Titanic is finally happening next month! RMS Titanic Inc. decided some time ago not to attempt to recover the Marconi this year, so it will just be our completely 'hands off' survey of the site to create a GIS (no wreck penetration or contact of any kind). So many questions, so much ground to cover - and the beauty of Titanic is that it's probably the one archaeological artefact in existence in which it is feasible to 'crowd source' part of the research component: from all the Titanic museums, societies, popular authors, and amateur enthusiasts. So this is an official invitation: if you could pilot Oceangate's Titan for an eight-hour dive for the Titanic, what would you investigate? Personally I'm fascinated by the story of the animals on the Titanic (it's the dog and cat lover in me), a tradition kept alive on the Cunard liners today with their luxury pet areas. I want to get down to what's left the stern area of F deck to see if the kennels were there as some as proposed, or up on the boat deck (which kind of makes more sense, and is closer to where Cunard liners put their kennels today). For me this is part of a larger story of how class and race should be a bigger focus in the stats of who survived than the gentlemanly heroics: three pampered pet dogs survived the sinking, while 52 children from steerage perished. Thanks in advance for all your thoughts and suggestions (many of which on this forum have inspired research questions for the expedition). I'm hoping to post back here regularly but it will be in a limited way during the expedition itself due to lack of internet and also to preserve some surprises till the end.
Wonderful post! could I ask a few questions?
1. Will the footage be hidden away immediately after the expedition, like most of the others?
2. Is there an accompanying documentary?
3. Will the dive time be divided evenly between the Bow and Stern sections?
4. Will the Debris field be explored?
Thanks a ton!