Diving The ‘Titanic’

On the 1st September, 1985, an expedition organised by Robert Ballard finally discovered the wreck of the RMS Titanic (sunk in the North Atlantic on the 15th April 1912 after colliding with an iceberg) lying at a depth of about 3,800 metres, some 600 kms southeast of the Newfoundland coast.   

In August of 2005, ‘Shadow Divers’, John Chatterton – the first diver to use rebreather diving technology on the wreck of Titanic’s sister-ship, HMHS Britannic, sunk near the island of Kea, in Greece – and his long-time dive partner, Richie Kohler, put together an expedition to search for previously unseen pieces of RMS Titanic’s scattered  wreckage.  

Operating from the Russian Research Ship, Keldysh, the pair made a series of dives on the wreck to a depth of 3,786 meters in MIR submersibles – each descent taking some 2.5 hours – to film hitherto unseen aspects of the wreck that subsequently featured in a History Channel special documentary, ‘Titanic’s Final Moments – Missing Pieces’.

Richie Kohler (L) and John Chatterton

Categories: History

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