If you mean by "present day photos" any photos of the swimming pool or raquetball court in the midst of the wreckage, no. Those areas were probably destroyed when the ship hit the bottom. Even if they weren't, they would be unreachable by camera.
Why do you say "Those areas were probably destroyed when the ship hit the bottom."?
They were quite a bit forward from the scene of the break up, so they should be as they were in 1912 (apart from a few rusticles, a tad to much water in the pool and a court fit only for synchronised squash!)
They may have been destroyed if there was a completely catastrophic collapse of the bulkhead (the same one that separates Boiler rooms five and six - David Brown mentioned this possibility in "The Last Log..."), but I can't see how hitting the ocean floor would have wrecked them.
Good point, Sam, but having seen too many car accidents, I took into consideration the pressure of the collision and the ocean and the speed at which it struck ground. I have no evidence of course, all surmising. But you raise a solid argument that the areas could have been so full of water prior to submersion that they could be intact.
I know that Jim Cameron was trying to get to the Turkish Bath and the Swimming Bath on F deck. He also tried to get to Scotland Rd on E deck. He couldn't get to Scotland Rd, and he got to a landing on F deck, but got silted out and couldn't get any further. He tried hard though, that's for sure, and he would have been the only one to get there.
I've just noticed that the squash court (I can't spell racqcquet!
) was in the compartment forward of the pool, so it could not have been damaged by a collapsing bulkhead.
However,previous expeditions have checked out the holds in this area and the wall structures seem to be reasonably intact. It would be reasonable to assume that the court would be relatively okay as well. It's a shame they can't access the court as it is tantalisingly close to area of expedition (Bunker Hatch No.3 backs on to it but there is no way of accessing it).
Perhaps I'm wrong on this one, but wasn't there an expedition in 2000 which managed to access the swimming pool? I heard about this, I think, in "Ghosts of the Titanic." I recall it mentioning somewhere that the tiles still gleamed under the strobe lights.
David: I'm guessing that a "silt out" is when the sub makes contact with parts of the wreckage that is covered with a layer of silt, causing a "snow storm" of sediments.
Yes BW, a "silt out" is exactly that, and being no current inside Titanic, the silt just kinda hangs there for awhile. You can't see squat and Jim Cameron complains that alot of his footage has a lot of "silt outs". Good reason to edit, yes?
David, did you ever get to view the feed on eartshp.tv my friend? Get some sleep.
I was wondering if I could barge in on this conversation. I'm curious, because later on Cameron was able to get to the Turkish baths. On floor plans, the swimming pool is only down the hall, I'm surprised he didn't go a little further to try and see it.