Week-long expeditions to the Titanic are set to depart from St. John’s, N.L., this June. They will be organized by the US company OceanGate Expeditions. “What we’re doing is something that’s going to add to the historical record of the Titanic – what is it like now, how is it decaying, what kind of marine life is there. We’re going to be making real discoveries,” CEO Stockton Rush said. Passengers are called “mission specialists.” They will take a hands-on role in data gathering, with training in underwater photography, sonar operation and other note-taking duties.
Titanic underwater (illustration)
The accident of „Titanic” claimed the lives of more than 1,500 people in April 1912, after the vessel hit an iceberg about 600 kilometres off Newfoundland’s southeast coast. Explorers will seek to answer the question of how fast “rusticles,” or bacteria, are devouring the ship’s remains. They will use a five-person submarine. Only two of the 54 spots remain open for the six 2019 expeditions, and more are available for 2020. The historical connections to Newfoundland raise the possibility of other adventures for guests, like iceberg tours and exploring the island’s role as the source of radio transmissions that told the world the unsinkable ship was going down.