The discovery of the wreckage of the RMS Titanic has researchers, such Dr. Robert Ballard, the explorer who found the sunken ship, surprised that a large gash from an iceberg was not the cause for its sinking. Researchers believe the collision may have been not much more than a bump.
Titanic Discovery Reveals No Large Gash from Iceberg
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A gash from an iceberg apparently didn’t sink the Titanic. In fact, the legendary collision may have been a little bit more than a bump. The divers say it was enough to buckle the liner’s sides and cause the stern to break away. Lisa Meyers has more on the latest pictures from the bottom of the Atlantic.
LISA MEYERS reporting:
These are the first pictures of the stern of the Titanic, which eluded the expedition last year and where last week, Captain Robert Ballard placed a plaque memorializing those who died.
ROBERT BALLARD (Expedition Leader): It was here that many people jumped to their death, hoping against all hope that they could survive in the freezing waters of the North Atlantic.
MYERS: The stern is more heavily damaged than the bow and is littered with what Ballard described as a rat’s nest of debris. As a result, both Alvin and Jason, Jr. spent most of their time on the bow. Here, Jason looks at the chief officer’s cabin.
BALLARD: Later, J.J. peers into the promenade windows. What was once where the wealthy walked, is now a home for a rattail fish.
MEYERS: Ballard tried to discourage those who talked of salvaging artifacts in the debris field, pointing out that it is mostly things of little value, like this copper kitchen kettle.
BALLARD: All the beautiful artifacts are inside the Titanic and probably may have been destroyed.
MEYERS: Still, a number of promoters plan to exploit public fascination with the ship. One promises guided tours of the Titanic. Lisa Meyers, NBC News, Washington.