First full-scale 3D reconstruction of the shipwreck Titanic was released, showing the entire ship without water distortion. The image was created by combining more than 700,000 terrain scans taken last year by deep-sea charting company Magellan Ltd. They used remotely controlled submersibles to take pictures of the ship and debris field from all angles and cover every square inch of the surface. extensive site. Scans reveal everything from giant stern and bow sections to individual shoes and champagne bottles.
Gerhard Seiffert of Magellan, who led the expedition’s planning, said it was the largest underwater scanning project he had ever undertaken.
“Its depth, almost 4000 m, is a problem, and you have currents there too – and we can’t touch anything so as not to damage the wreckage,” he explained.
“And another problem is that you have to map every square centimeter – even the uninteresting parts, like the debris field, you have to map the dirt, but you need it to fill the space between all these interesting objects” .
The scan shows both the scale of the ship and some small details, such as a serial number on one of the propellers.
The wreck of the Titanic was discovered in September 1985 2.5 miles below the surface of the cold North Atlantic off the coast of Newfoundland. A team from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution returned to the site in July 1986 with one manned submersible and one remotely controlled vessel to film the interior and exterior of the Titanic. Footage from the 1986 expedition was first released earlier this year.
Since then, the wreckage has been repeatedly explored by submersibles, including private adventurers, and photographed in high resolution. In 2010, when a team of archaeologists and oceanographers from RMS Titanic Inc. and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution returned to map the two major parts of the ship and the complete wreckage field. The inky darkness of deep water required all film and photography to be focused on small areas of the wreck. In 2012, the centenary of the sinking TitanicNational Geographic has published beautiful new photos of the wreck, compiled from thousands of photos, scans and sonar images from the 2010 expedition.