Top secret files – Was the discovery of Titanic part of a much bigger plot?
Famous ocean explorer, oceanographer and navy commander, Robert Ballard located the wreckage of the Titanic in 1985.
As per reports,, the British owned Ocean Steam Navigation company also commonly known as White Star Line, started building the Titanic in 1909 and completed the construction in 1912. On 11th April 1912, the Titanic left the Queenstown port, Ireland. Its was to cross the Atlantic and reach New York. Many prominent personalities, including the then managing director of the White Star line, as well as many immigrants who wished to make it big in the Big Apple were on the ship. Counting the passengers and the crew members, the total number of people aboard the ship came up to 2,200 people. When the Titanic sank on the third day of the voyage, after hitting the infamous iceberg, about 1,500 passengers lost their lives. Those who survived could only vaguely gauge the reason why the ‘Unsinkable Titanic’ sank.
Most importantly no one knew where it sank.
The story untold
Robert Ballard, wanted to find the wreckage of the Titanic even before he got his two doctoral degrees in marine geology and geophysics from the University of Rhode Island.
According to the National Geographic Museum’s exhibition ‘Titanic- The Untold Story’, when the US Navy had commissioned Robert Ballard to find two nuclear submarines that has sunk to the floor of the North Atlantic Ocean in the early years of the Cold War, Robert Ballard sought permission to locate the Titanic after completing the said mission. Robert was of the opinion that the shipwreck was locates somewhere between the two sunken submarines.
The then Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Ronald Thunman agreed to this request. Little did he know that Robert Ballard would be successful in locating the passenger liner.
As per the exhibition, Robert Ballard in 1985 was to dive almost 9,800 feet under water using Argo, an underwater towed camera system to look for the remains of the USS Scorpion. The US Navy wanted to determine if the nuclear reactors that were still on board, posed any kind of threat and also wanted to find out why the submarines sank in the first place.
Robert Ballard had 12 days remaining after he successfully completed his mission to locate the USS Scorpion’s nuclear reactor and weapons and also the evidence that lead to the sinking the submarine. He used these 12 days to to find the Titanic, which he did locate at 12,540 feet.
After the discovery of the Titanic the public was enthralled at the feat achieved by Robert Ballard. A lot of questions were answered owing to this discovery. But as the world was applauding Robert Ballard for his discovery the US Navy grew nerves amidst all the publicity the discovery was attracting. Soon after the discovery of the Titanic, Robert Ballard was sent to a second classified mission on the USS Scorpion and USS Thresher.
About the exhibition – ‘Titanic – The Untold Story’
As reported by the National Geographic, the exhibition was developed in collaboration with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. The exhibition also contains loans from The US Navy Submarine Force Museum, National Archives and Records Administration, 20th Century Fox Archives and other private lenders.
The Untold Story showcases the discovery of the Titanic from an entirely different perspective. The visitors can now see the events that actually lead to the finding of the wreckage and also hear stories of selected passengers who survived the Titanic.
There are many more attractions including artifacts that belong to the survivors and movie sets, props and costumes from the 1997 motion picture ‘Titanic’ that starred Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio.