It’s September 1, 1985. Researchers led by oceanographer Robert Ballard have been scouring the seabed at a depth of some 12,000 feet via the camera of the remotely controlled Argo for a week. They’re beginning to lose hope that they’ll find their quarry, the wreck of RMS Titanic. But then, early in the morning they begin to see traces of debris. Suddenly, they know they’re close.
We’ll come back to that momentous discovery in a little while. And there’s a truly astonishing revelation about the truth behind Ballard’s mission to come as well. But first let’s take a look at the intriguing but tragic story of the Titanic.
The building of the Titanic began in March 1909 when work began on its keel at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Northern Ireland’s capital, Belfast. The ship was commissioned by the White Star Line, a major player in the heyday of the passenger liner business. Her designer, Thomas Andrews, was one of those that perished when the boat sank.