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A New Mission Sets Off for the Titanic

But this is a scientific one, with only robotic subs heading to the ship

(Newser) - A new mission to explore the sunken Titanic embarks on Friday, but unlike last year's submersible disaster , this one will involve unmanned subs. The BBC reports that the US company RMS Titanic—which has the salvage rights to the iconic wreck—plans to send down robotic subs to photograph...

A Year After Titan Disaster, Questions Remain

The ongoing investigation is a 'complex and ongoing effort'

(Newser) - Tuesday marks one year since the experimental submersible Titan imploded en route to the Titanic, reports the AP , and unanswered questions linger, with no immediate answers. The US Coast Guard quickly convened a high-level investigation into what happened. Concerns leading up to the investigation included the Titan's unconventional design...

Billionaire Plans to Prove It's Still Safe to Visit Titanic

Triton Submarines says OceanGate's imploded sub was the exception, not the rule

(Newser) - Nearly a year after the implosion of an OceanGate submersible en route to the Titanic's final resting place, a tragedy that killed all five people on board, a billionaire is planning another trip to the wreck. Larry Connor, whom the BBC refers to as an Ohio luxury real estate...

He Went Down With Ship in Titanic, Roused Troops in LOTR

Actor Bernard Hill is dead at 79

(Newser) - Actor Bernard Hill, who delivered a rousing cry before leading his people into battle in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and went down with the ship as the captain in Titanic, has died. Hill, 79, passed away Sunday morning, agent Lou Coulson said, according to...

Watch of Titanic's Richest Passenger Brings $1.5M
Titanic Watch
Sells for Record

Titanic Watch Sells for Record

Gold timepiece belonged to John Jacob Astor, who died in the sinking

(Newser) - A 14-carat gold pocket watch owned by the Titanic's wealthiest passenger has sold for a record-breaking amount. Expected to bring about one-tenth of the winning bid, the watch went for $1.485 million at auction Saturday, CNN reports. That's a "world record for Titanic memorabilia," said...

Infamous Titanic Prop Sells for $720K

Viewers have long wondered why DiCaprio's Jack couldn't fit on wooden slab with Winslet's Rose

(Newser) - Conspiracy theorists have long argued that Kate Winslet's Rose had plenty of room for Leonardo DiCaprio's Jack on the floating door she clung to in the icy waters of the movie Titanic, after they'd abandoned ship. Now, one lucky person will get to examine those dimensions for...

Billionaire Re-Ups Plans for Titanic II

Australia's Clive Palmer says the replica will set sail in 2027

(Newser) - Australian billionaire Clive Palmer says he plans to build a replica of the Titanic, to set sail in a few years. That might feel like deja vu. The mining tycoon first launched the idea of building the Titanic II , "a more buoyant version" of the original ship, in 2012,...

These Auction Items Touched Titanic Survivors, and the Dead
3 Rare Titanic Artifacts
Top $100K at Auction

3 Rare Titanic Artifacts Top $100K at Auction

Pocket watch taken from body of 2nd-class passenger sells for nearly $119K

(Newser) - Someone paid more than $100,000 for a century-old dinner menu, reflecting "ongoing interest" in the Titanic, according to auction house Henry Aldridge & Son Ltd. The menu—coveted by Titanic enthusiasts as the only one to survive from April 11, 1912, three days before the luxury ocean liner...

Submersible Debris, Human Remains Recovered

Salvage mission was follow-up to June effort that recovered wreckage of the Titan

(Newser) - The Coast Guard says it has recovered the remaining debris of the Titan submersible from the Atlantic Ocean floor, along with presumed human remains. All five people on board the submersible, including OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush, were killed when it imploded during a dive to the wreckage of the Titanic...

The Feds Battle a Planned Titanic Expedition—Again

RMS Titanic Inc. and US government engaged in a nearly identical battle in 2020

(Newser) - The US government is trying to stop a planned expedition to recover items of historical interest from the sunken Titanic. The expedition, tentatively planned for May 2024, is being organized by RMS Titanic Inc., the Georgia-based firm that owns the salvage rights to the world's most famous shipwreck. The...

OceanGate Suspends Operations After Tragedy

Company says all submersible trips are off, at least for the near term

(Newser) - Has OceanGate sent its last submersible to the deep? The company behind last month's tragic Titanic excursion has suspended operations, reports NBC News . Details of exactly what that means were not immediately clear: The entirety of the company's announcement on its website reads, "OceanGate has suspended all...

Subway's Riff on Titanic Sub Does Not Go Over Well

'Our subs don't implode' sign at Georgia franchise is quickly taken down

(Newser) - A Georgia Subway's attempted riff on the Titan submersible disaster resulted in a very easily foreseeable brouhaha of the public relations variety. As WTOC reports, it seems that someone at the restaurant in Rincon thought it was a good idea to update its roadside sign with this little missive:...

Critics Slam Netflix for Bringing Back Titanic

Insiders say it's a coincidence, not an attempt to profit from Titan tragedy

(Newser) - When Netflix arranged for Titanic to return to the streaming service on July 1, the company probably wasn't expecting people to complain that it was too soon. The company is facing backlash accusing it of trying to profit from the Titan submersible tragedy, with Twitter users calling the move...

Titan Debris Is Brought Back to Land
Coast Guard Believes
It's Found Human Remains

Coast Guard Believes It's Found Human Remains

Wreckage from submersible Titan was found on seabed

(Newser) - This file has been updated with the Coast Guard's latest announcement. Wreckage from the Titan submersible was pulled from the depths of the North Atlantic on Wednesday, and the Coast Guard later said the recovered parts apparently contained human remains. The Titan was carrying five people when it imploded...

Mom of Teen on Sub Says He'd Planned on Breaking a Record

Christine Dawood says Suleman Dawood, 19, was going to solve Rubik's Cube deep under the surface

(Newser) - Christine and Alina Dawood, the wife and daughter of Pakistani billionaire Shahzada Dawood, who died on the Titan submersible along with his 19-year-old son, Suleman, weren't far from their loved ones when they perished last week in the vessel's "catastrophic implosion." The grieving mom tells the...

Coast Guard Lays Out Next Phase at Titanic Site

Navy calls off planned use of salvage system

(Newser) - The Coast Guard said Sunday it is leading an investigation into the loss of the Titan submersible that was carrying five people to the Titanic, to determine what caused it to implode. Capt. Jason Neubauer, chief investigator, said that the salvage operations are ongoing and that the accident site has...

James Cameron on Sub: 'I Wish I'd Spoken Up'

Director details flaws he saw in Titan's construction, slams OceanGate's lack of third-party certification

(Newser) - James Cameron says he knew "in my bones" that the Titan submersible was gone as soon as he heard it was missing. Now, the Titanic director and deep-sea explorer is expressing regret at not speaking up more on his concerns about the OceanGate vessel, which he says "shouldn'...

As Families Mourn, Sub Investigations Are Underway
As Families Mourn, Sub
Investigations Are Underway

As Families Mourn, Sub Investigations Are Underway

Aunt says teen was 'terrified' before trip

(Newser) - As friends and relatives mourn the five people who died in the Titan submersible, more questions are being raised about safety, with one expert calling the tragedy "clearly preventable." William Kohnen, chairman of the Manned Underwater Vehicles Committee, tells the BBC that the industry hasn't seen any...

James Cameron: As Soon as I Heard About Missing Sub, I Knew 'in My Bones'

He got info from fellow deep-sea enthusiasts, figured what must have happened

(Newser) - One person who was not surprised by Thursday's devastating news about the fate of the doomed Titanic submersible: Titanic director and deep-submergence enthusiast James Cameron. In interviews with the BBC and CNN , Cameron, who himself has been on 33 dives to the wreckage of the Titanic, says as soon...

Navy Suspects It Heard Submersible's Implosion

Sound was detected Sunday hours into the Titan's voyage

(Newser) - Shortly after communication with the Titan was lost on Sunday, the US Navy began listening for the submersible. Hours into the sub's trip to the Titanic wreckage, the military's acoustic detection system heard what officials suspect was the craft's fatal implosion, the Wall Street Journal reports. Although...

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