GOOGLE Maps coordinates reveal the exact location of the Titanic wreck, a spooky site that marks one of the deadliest marine disasters in history.
The British liner sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on April 14, 1912, killing more than 1,500 passengers and crew.
Formerly marked “unsinkable”, the RMS Titanic crashed after crashing into an iceberg on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York.
The ship was the largest in the world at the time and was built by shipbuilders Harland and Wolff in Belfast. Now, Google Maps coordinates allow any internet user to see the exact spot where the tragedy occurred, revealing how close the Titanic was to its final destination.
Simply go to the Google Maps app and enter the following coordinates: 41.7325 Â° N, 49.9469 Â° W.
Numerous attempts to find the wreckage of the Titanic have been made without success. The problem was that the wreckage was about 12,000 feet below the surface, where the water pressure reached 6500 pounds per square inch.
The first successful attempt to find the ship took place a little over 30 years ago.
In September 1985, a Franco-American expedition led by Robert Ballard discovered that the ship had separated – probably near or on the surface – before sinking.
The two separate bow and stern sections lie about a third of a mile apart, in the Titanic Canyon off the coast of Newfoundland. And the exact sinking site is 13.2 miles from the inaccurate coordinates that were given by the Titanic’s radio operators on the night of its sinking.
Even more tragic is the fact that the Titanic was only 715 miles from the Port of Halifax and 1,250 miles from New York. The Titanic was due to dock in New York on the morning of April 17, 1912, just three days after the disaster.
The ship’s watcher, Frederick Fleet, spotted the iceberg in front of the Titanic at the end of April 14 and notified the crew. And although First Officer William Murdoch ordered the ship to skirt the iceberg, it was already too late. The starboard side of the Titanic collided with the iceberg, denting the hull and causing the seams to warp and separate. The ship quickly began to sink the bow first, causing panic on board.
Unfortunately, there were only enough lifeboats to carry half the passengers and the crew was not sufficiently trained for an evacuation.
At least 1,500 people are believed to have lost their lives in the disaster, with around 710 survivors who were dispatched to New York on board the RMS Carpathia.
It later emerged that the successful hunt of the 1985 liner had been used as cover for a mission to find the lost nuclear submarines. That’s according to retired US Navy officer Robert Ballard, who successfully led a submarine expedition to locate the sunken ship in 1985. CNN and SCS Of the now declassified events, Ballard revealed that his expedition was part of a covert US military operation.
Ballard was tasked with finding the USS Thresh and the USS Scorpion, two nuclear submarines that sank in the 1960s. And the Titanic Hunt was the perfect cover: “They didn’t want the world to know that, so I had to have a cover story, âhe explained. It wasn’t a complete conspiracy, however. Ballard actually wanted to find the Titanic, but couldn’t secure funding for the expensive expedition. The US Navy eventually offered to shell out the money – and that came with a big condition. Ballard would have to find the submarines before the Russians – then a key rival in the ongoing Cold War – can find them.
âWe knew where the subs were,â Ballard revealed. “What they wanted me to do was go back and not get me followed by the Russians, because we were also interested in the nukes that were on the Scorpion, and also what the reactors nuclear [were] do to the environment. “He said the mission was” top secret “and was hidden from the public.” I said, “Well, let’s tell the world I’m going after the Titanic.”
Unfortunately for Ballard, the secret part of the mission took longer than expected.
After finding the Scorpion, he only had 12 days to find the Titanic.
But his research of nuclear submarines had given him useful experience.
âI learned something by mapping the Scorpion that taught me how to find the Titanic: to look for its trail of debris,â he said.
He eventually found the Titanic and had four days left to film the wreckage, as the ship had to be rented by someone else.
âPeople had taken 60 days and couldn’t find it. I did it in eight,â he said.
Ballard remembers being immediately excited by the discovery, but the mood quickly turned dark.
âWe realized we were dancing at someone’s grave and we were embarrassed,â he said. âThe vibe, it was like someone would take a wall switch and click. And we got sober, calm, respectful, and we vowed not to take anything from this ship and to treat it with great respect. . “
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