Following the release of the first ever full sea-bed scan of the Titanic, Managing Partner Tim Maltin recently discussed what this imaging means for researchers and historians, in an op-ed in The Times and on BBC News.
Tim discussed how this groundbreaking imaging can further our understanding of the events of the Titanic’s famed sinking 111 years ago, including bringing us closer to learning more about the nature of its impact with the iceberg.
Tim noted that next steps include deciding how best to preserve the ship, and undertaking a geophysical survey to truly understand the extent of the damage to the bow and to the hull of the ship.
“There is a lot to be said for leaving the stern where it is, as a memorial, but there is a strong case to raise the bow before it disintegrates any further. In fact, it would cost less to raise it than it would to make the next blockbuster film about the Titanic. Certainly, the return on investment for any interested philanthropist would be significant in terms of global tourism. The ship could even be displayed in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, where it was constructed.
“But given that this is possibly unlikely to happen, at least at the moment, having this scan is a great resource. It is a record of the ship as it is today, almost trapped in amber.”