Yeah, I've also been a big Titanic fan since I saw the 97 film at age 5 on VHS.
By the way, you're quite a handsome man and I love your stocking cap! I have one just like it, only it's striped, and I also have quite a lot of facial hair like you. I think I'll send you a photo of me wearing it.
I caught the bug in about Autumn ‘89, I was in 2nd grade; we watched the Nat Geo doc about the discovery of the wreck. The one Martin Sheen narrated. I wouldn’t shut up about it to my folks, they saw fit to snag me the kiddie version of the Ballard ‘Discovery’ book for Christmas, which was full of Ken Marschall paintings. I’ve been completely obsessed for 30 years since.
That painting is included on the Chapter 7 title page of Ballard's 2005 book The Lost Ships of Robert Ballard. It is a reprint of Lost Liners, but has an extra chapter on warships added which includes the sinkings of the Hood and Bismarck. I have that book. Here is its Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1592234240/?tag=encyclopediatita I'll post a photo of the page here soon.