WHOI Returns to the Titanic

Nearly 25 years after WHOI first discovered the final resting place of the RMS Titanic, researchers will this week return to the site to conduct the first comprehensive survey of the wreckage. The expedition is being organized by RMS Titanic, Inc., the company that was awarded ownership rights to the wreckage as salvor-in-possession in 1994, and is co-led by David Gallo, WHOI’s director of special projects.

WHOI researchers will help their expedition colleagues map the ship’s hull and debris field in high definition and in three dimensions. Large portions of the wreckage are believed to be in danger of collapse after nearly a century 2.5 miles beneath the surface of the Atlantic. Their images and data will help provide a detailed picture of the condition of the wreck. In addition, many deep-sea animals have made the hull their home, and studying the wreckage as a marine ecosystem may help scientists who study deep-water reefs and the unique plants and animals that inhabit the deep ocean.

In addition to Dr. Gallo, WHOI research specialist Bill Lange, who was part of the original group to discover the site, and members of the autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) REMUS operating group will accompany the expedition to the North Atlantic.

Last updated: December 5, 2012