Incredible full-sized scans unveil wreck of doomed Titanic as never seen before

New never-seen-before full-sized scans of the wreck of the Titanic have been published by scientists, showing the doomed ship in a new light.

This is the first ever full-sized digital scan of the Titanic, which sits at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean 3,800m below the surface.

The scan, which used deep-sea mapping technology, was run in the summer of 2022 by Magellan Ltd, a deep-sea mapping company, and Atlantic Productions, which is making a documentary about the project.

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While the wreckage has been explored extensively since it was discovered in 1985, it is so big that only parts of it have ever been analysed.

Remotely-controlled submersibles spent 200 hours scanning the massive wreckage area, taking more than 700,000 pictures that have been used to create a 3D reconstruction.

For the first time in its history, the whole Titanic can now be seen as if all the water inside has been drained away.

Analysts working on the project hope this will allow them to further understand exactly what happened to the damned voyage in 1912.

While many questions have been answered about what happened on its maiden and only voyage from Southampton to New York, many say there are so many fundamental questions about the wreck that need to be answered.

"There are still questions, basic questions, that need to be answered about the ship," Parks Stephenson, a Titanic analyst, told the BBC.

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He said the model was "one of the first major steps to driving the Titanic story towards evidence-based research – and not speculation".

"It allows you to see the wreck as you can never see it from a submersible, and you can see the wreck in its entirety, you can see it in context and perspective. And what it's showing you now is the true state of the wreck," he said.

He added studying the scans could offer new insight into what happened to the Titanic on that fateful night of 1912.

"We really don't understand the character of the collision with the iceberg. We don't even know if she hit it along the starboard side, as is shown in all the movies – she might have grounded on the iceberg," he concluded.


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