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Can you dive on the Titanic?


(WJW) – Even 110 years after the sinking of the Titanic, the stories and images of the iconic ship continue to captivate audiences around the world. Have you ever wished you could see the ship up close and in person? Well, now you can.

It’s true – you can dive into the depths of the ocean and see the Titanic for yourself.

OceanGate Expeditions, a company made up of underwater explorers, scientists and filmmakers, offers a unique opportunity. The company says fewer than 250 people have seen the ship – which sits about 2.5 miles below the surface of the ocean – since its discovery 37 years ago.

This is a chance to join this shortlist.

The images below are provided by OceanGateExpeditions.com

What is the Titanic 2023 expedition?

According to OceanGate, the Titanic 2023 expedition is an eight-day mission that begins and ends in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

There is a series of missions that will take place in 2023.

Each mission includes up to five dives of 6 to 8 hours.

During each mission, on the way to the dive site, a team of six “Mission Specialists” will participate in the training. The purpose of the training is to familiarize yourself with the crew, the officers, the safety procedures and in general how things work on board.

OceanGate explains that Mission Specialists are “citizen explorers” who work as part of the crew and provide support.

What is the purpose of the assignment?

The mission is to explore the site of the wreckage of the Titanic.

According to OceanGate, this is the company’s third expedition to inspect the site. And due to the size of the vessel and the scale of the surrounding area, the dives will continue for many more years.

The company describes on its website the work of the participants:Throughout your mission, you will actively support the team to help collect imagery and video, and to perform laser and sonar scans to collect data to provide an objective baseline to assess the current state of the pavement. This baseline will be used to assess the rate of degradation over time and will help document and digitally preserve the historic maritime site. »

How can I qualify?

There are typically 30 positions available for Mission Specialists each season, according to organizers, and the mission series usually takes place between June and August.

Requirements include:

  • Be at least 18 years old at the start of the mission.
  • Have a valid passport, be able to live on board an offshore dive support vessel for up to a week
  • Ability to board small boats (Zodiacs) in rough seas
  • Must be comfortable in fast-paced environments where plans and schedules may change
  • Be able to demonstrate basic strength, balance, and flexibility (i.e. climb a 6 foot ladder, carry 20 pounds, etc.)

More details here.

How much does it cost?

According to the company, training and support costs amount to $250,000.

The experience includes training, the eight-day mission and dives on the Titanic aboard what OceanGate says is “the world’s only five-person submersible capable of reaching 4,000 meters”. Learn more about the ship here. If you would like to join the shortlist, you can reserve your spot here.

Why is the Titanic so famous?

Although her sinking on April 15, 1912 is far from the only maritime disaster (the RMS Lusitania is another well-publicized shipwreck), the RMS Titanic remained extremely famous for more than a century.

By the time it set out on its maiden voyage, the Titanic was already very famous. As well as being the largest ocean liner in the world at the time (hence its name), the ship was also touted as being “unsinkable”.

A total of around 1,500 passengers and staff were killed in the disaster, which lasted for several hours. At the time, the casualty toll was among the highest in commercial sailing, giving it shock value. Additionally, the fact that the Titanic sank slowly, allowing for hours of panic, may also add to the mystique.

“The Titanic sank in two hours and 40 minutes, the length of a typical play,” wrote Stephen D. Cox, professor of literature at the University of California, San Diego, for CNN. “…Other disasters were either too big or too small to generate that kind of interest. They came too fast or too slow… People didn’t have time to weigh their options; consider what they could do, or should do, morally.

Fame also matters in the equation. Some of the most notable members of American and European society were aboard the Titanic, including American socialite Molly Brown and multi-millionaire tycoons John Jacob Astor IV and Benjamin Guggenheim. Astor and Guggenheim died in the disaster.

“Titanic”, written/directed by James Cameron. Leonardo DiCaprio (L) as Jack and Kate Winslet (R) as Rose. Released on December 19, 1997 by Paramount Pictures. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)

Hollywood also kept the Titanic alive.

There have been at least 15 motion pictures involving the ship, in addition to countless documentaries. Most notable among cinematic portrayals is 1997’s “Titanic,” directed by James Cameron. The mega-blockbuster grossed over $1.8 billion since its release, has helped catapult the careers of stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, and won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Celine Dion’s smash hit “My Heart Will Go On” – featured in both the film and its soundtrack – also remains one of music’s best-selling singles, serving as a musical reminder of the film and the ship. .

It may have been 110 years since the sinking, but the “Ship of Dreams” has not yet been forgotten.

“The catastrophe has become so invested with mythical status,” writes literary biographer Andrew Wilson in his 2012 book, “Shadow of the Titanic,” parts of which were published in Smithsonian Magazine. “The name Titanic is said to be the third most famous word in the world, after ‘God’ and ‘Coca-Cola’.”


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