“I don’t know why the Titanic sank.”–PH Nargeolet, Director of the Underwater Research Program for RMS Titanic, Inc

Paul-Henry Nargeolet, Director of the Underwater Research Program for RMS Titanic, Inc., expressed his  fortright assessment during a meeting with the  national marine forensics committee for SNAME ( Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers) Marine forensic scientists-explorers continue to do numerous expeditions.

Last September, Nargeolet led an expedition on behalf of RMS Titanic, Inc., in partnership with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Waitt Institute. It was  probably the most technologically-advanced scientific expedition to Titanic ever organized.  RMS Titanic, Inc., brought together a team of leading experts in various oceanographic, scientific and nautical archaeological fields. Using the latest advances in technology, the expedition team conducted a full survey of the wreck site capturing Titanic in 2D and 3D video, creating a first ever archeological site map.

Some of the achievements of this expedition was the use of an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) and Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) equipment, and multi-beam sonar to develop a photo-mosaic incorporating more than 130,000 photos.   A full survey of the bow section and survey  the debris field of stern section were realized.  A panoramic sonar ( very high frequency)  was also used.  Unfortunately,  they did not recover the engine in the debris field.

One important conclusion reached was that the stern was turning upon dissent.

The History Channel plans on releasing a documentary regarding the expedition prior to the centennial anniversary of the loss of Titanic (April 15, 1912)

Sifting through the sands of research is tedious and complicated. Perhaps the  documentary will bring us closer to conclusive evidence:   was it the construction,   rivets of inferior quality,  or other reasons? If your answer is, “It was the iceberg!”, it doesn’t suffice to explain the sinking of the “unsinkable” ocean liner.

 

 

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