By Tim Binnall
For the first time in 14 years, divers have visited the wreckage of the Titanic and their observations indicate that the doomed passenger liner has deteriorated significantly. The expedition was reportedly conducted earlier this month by a team of experts who explored the ship's final resting place off the coast of Newfoundland. Over the course of five dives inside of a submersible manned craft, researchers "performed dedicated photogrammetry passes on the wreck" which will allow for the creation of a 3D model of the Titanic's current state.
Experts who participated in the project expressed astonishment at the level of deterioration that has taken place since the last time that the downed ship was examined over a decade ago. In particular, Titanic historian Parks Stephenson noted that "the most shocking area of deterioration was the starboard side of the officer’s quarters, where the captain’s quarters were. Captain’s bathtub is a favorite image among the Titanic enthusiasts, and that's now gone."
Having been sitting on the ocean floor for over a century now, the infamous passenger liner appears to be nearing the end of its proverbial afterlife as wreckage thanks to bacteria in the water that is eating away at the ship. Based on the specific type of organisms that are currently feasting on the Titanic's remains, some experts have suggested that the vessel may fully vanish sometime around 2030. A clearer picture of the ship's current state will be revealed later this year when the recent expedition's work will be showcased in a documentary film.