Titanic discoverer Bob Ballard, acclaimed seabed explorer and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence is launching cutting-edge technology – a series of autonomous underwater vehicles that will reshape the search for more than three million wrecks scattered across the ocean floors, according to Unesco’s estimate.
According to the United Nations, around 3 million wrecks, some of which are even millennia old, are spread across the world’s oceans. “The sea is the largest museum in the world,Explains Dr. Bob Ballard. Each wreck is like a time capsule offering a glimpse of past civilizations, a glimpse of their lives on board, hundreds or even thousands of years ago.
The discoverer of the Titanic, Bob, is particularly excited about the latest technologies because they are much cheaper to operate. It is a mobile system that can embark on smaller vessels or work from shore, costing a few thousand pounds per day, rather than tens of thousands. He can travel to the deepest depths (which is not possible as a diver) and stay on the ground for days and save a lot of time.
With the help of these underwater robots (which have their own intelligence), the field of marine archeology will be largely revolutionized. “We’re going to find them (shipwrecks) like crazy. It will be a quick discovery thanks to this technology. New chapters in human history are to be read. said Bob, the discoverer of the Titanic.
As it turns out, Bob knows a thing or two about shipwrecks as he is the man behind the discovery of the RMS Titanic wreck in 1985. But that’s only half the story as it was revealed that The search for the Titanic was a secret tale for a then-classified US Navy mission to find two nuclear submarines that got lost in the 1960s.
For a very long time, Ballard dreamed of exploring the wreck of the Titanic, which sank on her maiden voyage in 1912. He was finally given the opportunity to pursue him in 1985 on a top secret Navy mission to explore sunken nuclear submarines.
The 1997 film starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead roles dramatized but captured tragedy in all its essence. He also covered pieces of the exploration that led to the discovery of the remains. Titanic discoverer Bob says he and Oscar-winning director James Cameron are “very good friends.” On the sets of the movie Titanic, referring to the Titanic, he said: “I knew what the old lady looked like in her grave, James showed me the beautiful young lady who sailed from Southampton.”
When asked if he would have found it sooner with this latest technology, the discoverer of the Titanic, Bob, replied, “Oh my God, yes.”
He is one of the coveted group of marine archaeologists, geophysicists and scientists associated with a new Dive & Dig Podcast Series, presented by historian Bettany Hughes. The series is funded by the Honor Frost Foundation. Bob also worked as a consultant on the marine exploration series “seaQuest DSV” produced by Steven Spielberg, with Roy Schneider. Seaquest had a distinct Star Trek feel, but with an underwater setting deviating from the feel of outer space. “It was great fun working with Spielberg. Our job was to stretch reality, not to break it ”, The discoverer of the Titanic, Bob, remembers.
He was a renowned American marine geologist and deep-sea explorer who discovered the remarkable Titanic, along with the German battleship Bismarck in the Atlantic and many other impressive historic sunken ships all over the world. Other Titanic discoverer Bob’s “greatest hits of all time” include the discovery of hydrothermal vents near Galapagos Island and the remains of John F Kennedy’s WWII patrol boat PT-109. in the Solomon Sea. He even set out to find Amelia Earhart’s plane, among many others.
Many of Ballard’s fascinating maritime adventures have been revisited in the all-new Nat Geo documentary titled “Bob Ballard: An Explorer’s Life”. While an hour-long documentary hardly brushes the tip of the iceberg of the remarkable career he has had over the years, it certainly offers a glimpse into his rich life and exploits. His memoir “Into the Deep: A Memoir from the Man Who Found Titanic” will be published by National Geographic this month.
In the book he writes about his passion for ocean exploration which was inspired by Nemo, the fictional captain of the submarine Nautilus in the classic Jules Verne novel Twenty thousand leagues under sea. He watched the Disney screen adaptation when he was 12 years old. “It blew me away… I wanted to be Captain Nemo. I wanted to walk on the bottom of the ocean “ he remembers.
Through his memoir, An Explorer’s Life, the discoverer of the Titanic, Bob Ballard, says his mission is to rekindle everyone’s curiosity for Mother Nature. “I hope to keep pouring fuel on everyone’s pilot light, so that it doesn’t go out. The ocean will play an essential role in our survival because we will not be able to feed the planet in 2050 ”, Ballard warns us. “Then we will have to look to the sea where we are literally cutting off life in the ocean.” Titanic discoverer Bob Ballard has just turned 79 and is on his 158th expedition to scientifically explore the deep sea in the Pacific.