Tragedy of Titanic proportions

RMS Titanic did not arrive in its destination but even after 100 years since it sank in the North Atlantic Ocean, its story has reached many great heights as it captures the interest of many people around the globe.

“The story of the sinking of the Titanic has an enduring fascination for millions of people, hence it led to one of the most successful movies of all time.  The trouble is that movie has defined the history of the event for many people. What we wanted to do was to revisit this tragedy from a scientific point of view and really discover the truth” shares Louis Boswell, General Manager, AETN All Asia Networks that owns and operate History channel.

In 2010, in a major, exclusive underwater expedition, History took part alongside the world’s top underwater experts, in the most thorough and exhaustive study of the wreck ever undertaken. The expedition yielded unprecedented new discoveries and the first comprehensive map of Titanic’s watery grave.

In a two-hour special entitled Titanic: Mystery Solved that premiered last Sunday, the high-tech mapmaking process unveiling astonishing pieces of never-before-seen wreckage was presented. The definitive special uses CGI to illustrate what happened structurally to the ship after the collision with the iceberg.

In an email sent to the ManilaStandardTODAYRushmore Denooyer, one of the producers of the documentary special said that technology played an important role in the expedition that aimed to solve the entire mystery in the Titanic mishap.

“Using sonar and cameras and other kinds of underwater vehicles in the water at the same time was something that they had never done before. They were so impressed with the results and this, I believe would be a new methodology towards shipwreck explorations,” says Denooyer.

The television executive adds that people sometimes become too impressed with our own technology and we forget the power of nature.

From the analysis of the special, experts walk through the audience in finding out who or what was at fault and who or what has been blamed unfairly. Additionally it also answers how did the “unsinkable” ship break apart and plunge into the icy waters by recreating a visual replica of the famous ship.

“But ships sink, no matter what we build, nature is still more powerful than humans. So I think that’s the theme of the Titanic story,” Denooyer affirms.

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