The Elusive Lady: The Discovery and Exploration of RMS Titanic

Here is the guest post I did for the Titanic anniversary. This is the brief account of the discovery and exploration of the Titanic, if anyone is interested.

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When the RMS Titanic sunk she took many secrets, as well as lives, with her. To this day there are many unanswered questions. But before her discovery there were conflicting views and theories, mainly had she sunk intact or broken in two? Where exactly had she sunk? Could the White Star liner be raised or had she been buried in a mudslide during the 1929 Grand Banks Earthquake? Today we know much more about Titanic than buffs did prior to Titanic’s discovery in 1985. This is mainly thanks to Ballard and his American-French expedition.

Dr. Robert Ballard’s desire to locate Titanic had been fueled by William ‘Bill’ Tantum, a longtime Titanic enthusiast. Although Tantum died a short time before Titanic’s discovery he had urged Ballard to find the great lady of the deep. So when the chance came, Ballard took it. The navy was agreeing to fund a three…

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