Although Jack, Rose and the infamous floating door may be fictional, the 100-year-old hulk of a cruise ship sitting at the bottom of North Atlantic is very real, and was visited for the first time in 14 years this week.
Unsurprisingly, the ship isn’t quite as grand as it was, and even the explorers tasked with recording the current state of decay were shocked with how much it had changed.
Multiple sections of the ship have begun to fall in on themselves, with the hull on the Officers quarters side of the ship collapsing in on the famously extravagant stateroom accommodation, where the most wealthy and prestigious passengers would have stayed.
Titanic historian Park Stephenson was shocked by the extent of the damage, saying: “That whole deck hole on that side is collapsing, taking with it the staterooms, and the deterioration is going to continue advancing.
“[The] Captain’s bath tub is a favourite image among the Titanic enthusiasts, and that’s now gone.”
Part of the current project to document the Titanic will produce the first 4k footage of the wreck ever seen, which will be published alongside a documentary of the wreck by Atlantic Productions, or via VR and AR technology for the very keen.