The Unfinished Trip
Then & Now
Echos Through Time
Facts and Fictions
In Memoriam: RMS Titanic
Echos Through Time
There are few tragedies that have affected our lives like the Titanic.
For whatever reason, people are drawn to the drama, the beauty, and the
Memory of the Titanic faded shortly after she sank. Overshadowed by
two world wars and a great depression, she disappeared from the public eye, as
surely as she disappeared from the surface of the ocean. Once the world settled
down, it remained for one man, Walter Lord, to re-kindle interest in her. Mr.
Lord's interest came from his trips on the Olympic with his family.
This part the great liner's history starts with the publication of
A Night to Remember, the book that introduced me to the Titanic.
- 1955: Walter Lord publishes A Night to Remember.
- 1958: A Night to Remember is released as a movie by the
Rank Organization. Starring Kenneth Moore, it remains one of the most accurate
portrayals of the disaster to date.
- 1981: Jack Grimm unsuccessfully attempts to locate the Titanic.
During one of the last days of this mission, Grimm claims he spotted one of
Titanic's propellers. Subsequent expeditions prove this to be false, as
all three propellers are still attached to their shafts.
- 1985: IFREMER/Woods Hole expedition to locate the Titanic
discovers the wreck and brings back photographic evidence of its condition.
- 1986: Woods Hole expedition conducts extensive photographic
exploration of the wreck. Towed submersible used to photograph much of the
exterior. Manned dives with robot sub photograph significant sections of
interior and exterior.
- 1987: IFREMER/Titanic Ventures/RMS Titanic, Inc. expedition
performs site mapping, artifact recovery, and photographic exploration and
- 1991: IMAX Corporation/P. P. Shirsov Institute films the Titanic
in wide screen IMAX format. Biological studies and metallurgical sampling of
the hull plating was performed. This expedition was noted for the carefree
abandon with which the submersibles maneuvered around the wreck, running into
things, and generally disturbing the scenery.
- 1993: IFREMER/RMS Titanic, Inc. performed site mapping, artifact
recovery, and photographic exploration of the interior and exterior. Coal was
recovered from the debris field on this mission.
- 1995: P. P. Shirsov Institute/James Cameron conducted filming for a
fictional motion picture slated for release in late 1997.
- 1996: IFREMER/RMS Titanic, Inc. performed site mapping, artifact
recovery, and photographic exploration of the interior and exterior. An
attempt was made to retrieve a 10 ton piece of the hull. The attempt failed
when the support ropes gave way.