My friend, Bill Garzke, a highly respected naval architect and author of
Titanic Ships, Titanic Disasters informed me of this new bacterium which will reduce the ” largest mobile object of its time” to a rust stain by 2030. Details in this news report:
This news made me wonder if a new bacterium will be attacking the Andrea Doria shipwreck which is a much shallower water (250 feet compared to 2 1/2 miles for the Titanic). This definitely emphasizes the importance of continuous study of my beloved Doria. I hope that scientists will continue to film, photograph, and collect scientific data; the conclusions will provide beneficial information as we reckon with our environment. For instance, scientists now believe that H. Titanicae will provide a vehicle to naturally disintegrate old warships and other shipwrecks.
Hearing about this new bacterium creates a personal sense of urgency to visit my shipwreck. When I spoke with James Cameron two years ago, he concurred on the importance of going out to the site. e offered to let me operate his ROV Ellwood from the surface, while it photographs the entrails of the wreck. I must transmit this sense of urgency to the filmmaker, scientist, shipwreck diver and expert. Perhaps in the summer of 2011, this dream will be realized!