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Titanic’s Digital Scan Reveals Never-Before-Seen Details of Wreckage

Researchers hope the scans could help provide answer to how the boat sank after colliding with an iceberg in 1912

Scarlett Evans

May 18, 2023

2 Min Read
Wreck of the Titanic
Magellan/Atlantic Productions

The first ever digital scan of the Titanic wreckage has been created, providing never-before-seen details on the famed ship.

The 3D-scan was created by deep-sea mapping company Magellan using more than 700,000 images taken from every angle of the ship. Atlantic Productions, which is making a documentary about the scan’s creation, also assisted in the project.

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Magellan used two underwater robots – named Romeo and Juliet – to take the images over 200 hours last summer, with a team on shore remotely operating the robots.

It is hoped that the final digital rendering will provide new details on the ship to historians, with the copy providing never-before-seen minutiae of the decaying ship, including stalactites of rust on the ship's bow and the propeller's serial number being visible in the new images. 

It is also hoped that further study could provide answers on just how the boat sank following its collision with an iceberg in 1912.

"There are still questions, basic questions, that need to be answered about the ship," Parks Stephenson, a Titanic analyst, told BBC News. “This model is one of the first major steps to driving the Titanic story towards evidence-based research - and not speculation."

The wreck of the Titanic sits in two halves 12,500 feet below the ocean’s surface, around 370 nautical miles off the coast of Newfoundland.

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About the Author(s)

Scarlett Evans

Assistant Editor, IoT World Today

Scarlett Evans is the assistant editor for IoT World Today, with a particular focus on robotics and smart city technologies. Scarlett has previous experience in minerals and resources with Mine Australia, Mine Technology and Power Technology. She joined Informa in April 2022.

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