Plumbing the depths: Amazing pictures of Titanic captain Edward Smith's bathtub intact on the bottom of the ocean
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Created 12:42 PM on 1st July 2011
Created 12:42 PM on 1st July 2011
This amazing picture of Titanic Captain Edward Smith's private bathtub is among a series of spectacular images that have been shown for the first time during a court case into the salvage rights.
The porcelain tub, which has intricate plumbing for both freshwater and seawater, has sat in the captain's cabin at the bottom of the ocean for almost 100 years.
Captain Smith went down with his ship on April 14,1912. He was one of an estimated 1500 people who lost their lives in the tragedy.
Frozen in time: The bath in Captain Edward Smith's cabin aboard the Titanic is in remarkably good condition
Captain Edward John Smith went down with the Titanic
Scientists showed never-seen-before images in a Virginia courtroom during an ongoing case into salvage rights.
Those present at the federal court room in Norfolk were given 3-D glasses to take a virtual tour of the Titanic’s stern, which lies 2,000 feet (609 meters) from the bow.
They were shown a series of dramatic three-dimensional views of the rusting hulk and the ghostly images of the sea floor where the ship sank almost a century ago.
The team who took part in a 2010 expedition to the North Atlantic wreck site said the images, taken from a remote-controlled submersible vehicle, are the most extensive and highest quality ever taken of the Titanic.
The ongoing salvage claim is still in dispute 26 years after the Titanic was discovered by oceanographer Robert Ballard.
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A lifeboat crane, known as a davit, hangs over the edge of the Titanic's hull where it had been used to lower wooden boats over the side
This shot of two first class cabin windows is among the never-seen-before images of the Titanic taken during the 2010 expedition
The company has exclusive rights to salvage the wreck, and has gathered nearly 6,000 objects from the once-opulent cruise ship. They are valued in excess of $110 million.
Many veterans of past Titanic expeditions were recruited for the 2010 trip which was organised by RMS Titanic Inc.
The team used the latest recording technologies, stitching together images in a mosaic-like process to create large-scale, almost panoramic views of the wreck.
It allowed them to map the 3-by-5-mile(4.8-by-8 kilometre) wreck site, which is located 2 1/2 miles (4 kilometres) below the ocean’s surface. The experts said the entire debris field has now been documented for the first time.
These well-preserved bath taps were salvaged on an earlier expedition to the wreck
Scientists said the images will eventually allow members of the public to take a virtual tour of the Titanic using a joystick to navigate around the wreck.
U.S. District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith ruled last year that RMS Titanic is entitled to full compensation for the Titanic trove, but has not determined how it will be paid.
This week's hearing was intended, in part, to demonstrate the extraordinary costs to RMS Titanic of organizing the risky expeditions and salvage operations.
The seas above the wreck are commonly raked by fierce storms, and the wreck site is pitch black and subject to powerful deep-ocean currents.
William N. Lange of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts said: 'We have an image of everything. That’s what’s important.
'This has never been done before in the deep sea.'
An exhibition about the doomed liner is running until July 31 at the O2 Bubble in London
Since Ballard and an international team discovered the Titanic, most of the expeditions have either been to photograph the wreck or gather thousands of artefacts, like fine china, shoes and ship fittings.
Film director James Cameron also has led teams to the wreck to record the bow and the stern.
Chris Davino, president and CEO of Premier Exhibitions, RMS Titanic’s parent company, estimated the cost of the 2010 expedition at between $4 million and $5 million.
He said company officials have not decided whether they will launch another salvage expedition.
The Titanic struck ice while making its maiden voyage on April 12, 1912, about 400 miles (645 kilometers) off Newfoundland, Canada.
More than 1,500 of the 2,228 passengers and crew perished as the liner plunged into the deep.
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