“Why didn’t they ever haul up the Titanic?”

Marine artist Robert Lloyd's depiction of the sinking of the Titanic on April 12, 1912. (Courtesy of Frank)

Marine artist Robert G. Lloyd’s depiction of the sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 1912. (Courtesy of Frank Trumbour)

The Eight-Year-Old, like most of us, is fascinated on some level with the Titanic. After last week’s discussion of the differences between flotsam, jetsam, lagan, and derelicts, she naturally wanted to know why no one has ever tried to haul up the Titanic.

The answer, seems to be simply that the Titanic is too big and too deep. According to this March 2012 Smithsonian article “Why the Titanic Still Fascinates Us”, the once-unsinkable ship is now lying beneath nearly two and a half miles of water.

“Many people assumed that, after 50 years, the liner, and the myths surrounding it, would finally be allowed to rest in peace. But in the early hours of September 1, 1985, oceanographer and underwater archaeologist Robert Ballard from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution—together with French explorer Jean-Louis Michel from the French organization Ifremer—discovered the wreck of the Titanic lying at a depth of roughly two and half miles, and around 370 miles southeast of Mistaken Point, Newfoundland. “The Titanic lies now in 13,000 feet of water on a gently sloping Alpine-looking countryside overlooking a small canyon below,” said Ballard, on returning to America a number of days later. “Its bow faces north. The ship sits upright on its bottom with its mighty stacks pointed upward. There is no light at this great depth and little life can be found. It is a quiet and peaceful place—and a fitting place for the remains of this greatest of sea tragedies to rest. Forever may it remain that way. And may God bless these now-found souls.”

For a while, apparently, you could pay thousands of dollars to dive down to the Titanic wreck and see it for yourself.

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About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, or musing about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.wordpress.com.
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3 Responses to “Why didn’t they ever haul up the Titanic?”

  1. rayworth1973 says:

    Hey, Dirk Pitt did in Raise the Titanic and so did a bunch of ghosts in Ghostbusters. I’ve had a lifelong fascination with not only the Titanic but the Lusitania. In fact I wrote an adventure/thriller novel called Lusitania Gold along those lines. Hopefully, it’ll see print one day. The first photo of an ocean liner I ever saw was the Lusitania sinking in an encyclopedia when I was about 3. It left quite an impression.

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