Titanic as Museum Ship

Dan Kappes

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If the Titanic was found to be in one piece and in good condition as it was originally thought to be before the wreck was discovered in 1985, do you think it would've been raised by now and became a museum ship like the Queen Mary? If so, what port do you think it would most likely be docked in?

It's a shame that the fantasy of the ship being intact and in good condition like in Clive Cussler's novel Raise the Titanic! was dispelled in a way by the discovery of the wreck in 1985, which showed that in reality, the ship broke in half while it sank and that bacteria are eating the rusting hulk till there's nothing left.
 

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Far, far too big a job .... and then some !

Even if the ship rested relatively intact upon the bottom, even today we just don't have the technology to lift such a huge monster from two and half miles down.

And even if they did bring her up then every single inch of the ship would need indefinite painstaking preservation work done upon it, and that's another huge project in itself which brings us to the next problem.

Where would the money come from ? This would be a billion dollar plus project. Even if someone was crazy enough to foot the bill they would be asked (quite rightly) if they want to burn this money then why not give it to a much more worthwhile cause such as fighting world hunger, protecting our environment, cancer or dementia research etc.

Raising the so called "big piece" during the mid nineties proved to be an expensive, complex, highly frustrating and sometimes dangerous undertaking. And that was just a fraction of the ship !

If you want a laugh then I'd recommend doing a Google search on Douglas Woolley, the eccentric (don't know if he's still alive) who claimed he is the legitimate owner of the ship and his various stark raving bonkers plans to raise the ship. Complete nonsense of course but quite amusing nonetheless. :D
 
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Mike Spooner

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What is left of Titanic now? She a total wrench scattered in pieces over a large surface area decaying fast and plundered by many sea explorers.
The only chance for a ship museum is have a ship one piece. There is enough problems in keeping Queen Mary on going in California.
Number one enemy of any steel built ship is rust which is on going battle with any ship to day. Queen Mary got of to a bad start by partly built hull and project stopped due to financial reason. The hull left to rust in the open. When restated tons of rust had to be removed. But once in there is a nightmare to completely remove. I sail on her in 1966 and saw the crew members just painting over the rust!
I was quite surprised sailing on the new Queen Elizabeth just over 3 years old how much rust she had already on the deck and hull.
Or was just Italian steel may be!
 

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Dan was not talking about raising Titanic as she is now, he was talking about hypothetically raising the ship had she been discovered intact and in relatively good condition.
 
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Dan Kappes

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The 1976 sci-fi novel Imperial Earth by Arthur C. Clarke features a chapter in which the Titanic is described as having sank intact and is raised in the 2200s and docked in New York City in time for the USA's quincentennial in 2276.

By that year in our reality, the rusting remains of the Titanic will most likely be long gone.

The chapter also mentions that the "biggest movie about the ship" is currently being filmed on the raised wreck. Arthur C. Clarke couldn't have known that the "biggest Titanic film" would be James Cameron's film in 1997, which actually features film footage of the sunken liner in the opening scenes! :p
 
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The short version: No way. Even if the technical means existed to lift the whole of the ship intact, after a century underwater, it would take at least another century to leach all of the salt out of the steel so the ship could be displayed. Anything less and the hull would rapidly disintegrate when exposed to the open air.
 
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