It’s September 1, 1985. For a week, researchers led by oceanographer Robert Ballard have been scouring the seabed, at a depth of some 12,000 feet, using the camera of the remotely controlled submarine craft Argo. Yet the team are beginning to lose hope of finding their target – the wreck of RMS Titanic. Then, however, early in the morning, the scientists start to see traces of debris. And suddenly, they know that they’re close.
We’ll shortly return to the momentous discovery that was made by Ballard’s team – and there’s a truly astonishing revelation to come about the truth behind their mission as well. First, though, let’s delve into the fascinating but tragic story of the RMS Titanic itself.