Latest footage of the Titantic is its highest quality ever. Take a look.
A commercial expedition team has captured the highest quality footage of the 'unsinkable' Titanic, the legendary passenger liner that sunk in 1912 during her maiden voyage.
OceanGate Expeditions, a company that takes paying tourists in submersibles to shipwrecks and underwater canyons, shared a one-minute clip of the doomed ship, the world's first and only 8k video of the sunken wreck, captured in "amazing" and vivid detail.
For the Titanic expedition this summer, guests paid $250,000 to take a submersible down about 2.4 miles to where the wreckage rests on the seabed.
"The amazing detail in the 8k footage will help our team of scientists and maritime archaeologists characterize the decay of the Titanic more precisely as we capture new footage in 2023 and beyond. Capturing this 8K footage will allow us to zoom in and still have 4K quality which is key for large screen and immersive video projects. Even more remarkable are the phenomenal colors in this footage," Stockton Rush, President, OceanGate Expeditions, said in a statement.
OceanGate has already led two expeditions to the site and has planned one for 2023. During the trip, scientists and historians provided context and conducted site research. The wreckage is also documented with high-definition cameras to monitor the ship's decay and capture intricate details.
Astonishing details revealed on the doomed liner
The first-of-its-kind footage shows Titanic's renowned bow, the portside anchor, hull number one, an enormous anchor chain (each link weighs approximately 200 pounds or nearly 91 kilograms), the number one cargo hold, and solid bronze capstans, according to the press release. The video has also captured 'dramatic' evidence of decay where some of the Titanic’s rails collapsed and fell away from the ship.
Rory Golden, OceanGate Expeditions Titanic expert and veteran Titanic diver who was onboard the submersible said that he had never seen the name of the anchor maker, Noah Hingley & Sons Ltd., on the portside anchor. "I’ve been studying the wreck for decades and have completed multiple dives, and I can't recall seeing any other image showing this level of detail. It is exciting that, after so many years, we may have discovered a new detail that wasn’t as obvious with previous generations of camera technologies," he explained.
Green lights from the laser scaling system can be seen as one views the portside anchor. "This system allows us to accurately determine the size of objects we are looking at on camera and through the main viewport of the Titan submersible. The distance between the two green lights is 10 centimeters," PH Nargeolet, veteran Nautile submersible pilot and Titanic diver said.
According to Golden, one of the "most amazing clips" shows one of the single-ended boilers that fell to the ocean’s floor when the Titanic broke into two. "Notably, it was one of the single-ended boilers that were first spotted when the wreck of the Titanic was identified back in 1985," he pointed out.
But, not everyone's impressed
Paul F. Johnston, curator of maritime history at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, told the New York Times that the OceanGate trips were "people paying a lot to be ballast".
"I don’t object to this kind of commercial exploitation because they’re not touching or damaging the wreck. And it brings attention to the underwater world and shipwrecks in general, but in my opinion, there’s not that much to be learned from Titanic that we don’t already know," he said.
Don Lynch, the official historian for the Titanic Historical Society, told the New York Times that though he did not prefer the Titanic artifacts to be brought up, he was impressed with the quality of the new OceanGate footage.
"The more they photograph, then probably there will be things we discover that we didn’t see before or something like that. But I can’t say there was anything that was a real discovery now. It’s just amazing to see with such clarity," he said.
Another bummer is that most people who watch the video on YouTube won't be able to appreciate the intricate detailing provided by the footage as it is in 8K resolution, which is way higher than the resolution of most televisions and computer screens.
But Rush, the OceanGate president, said that the high quality of the footage could help experts and researchers get a magnified look at the site without having to go underwater. He also compared the OceanGate trips to space tourism.
"For those who think it’s expensive, it’s a fraction of the cost of going to space, and it’s very expensive for us to get these ships and go out there," he told the New York Times.
Meanwhile, the science team of the expedition will review the 8k, 4k, and other footage captured during the 2022 Titanic Expedition for any new changes.