The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has released never-before-seen footage of the Titanic wreckage site over a century after the Titanic sank in the North Atlantic Ocean. As the Titanic approaches its 111th anniversary from when it sank on April 15, 1912, the organization that first went and explored the wreckage a year after it was found in the ocean has released new footage. The footage was captured back in 1986 when the WHOI made 11 dives at the wreckage.
The Titanic sank on April 15, 1912, after it hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage when it was set to travel from England to New York City. While recovery efforts began immediately, it wasn’t until September 1985 that the WHOI finally located the wreckage. A year later, in 1986, the group went out and explored the wreckage. This is where the footage was recorded of Alvin, a three-person submersible, and Jason Jr., a remotely operated vehicle, exploring the sunken ship.
According to Fox News, Robert Ballard, the leader of the 1985 discovery and the 1986 footage capture said,
“The water is near freezing temperatures and probably the biggest challenge is the remoteness of the location, and in particular the harsh environment with regard to the pressure our equipment is exposed to.”
The one hour and about 22 minutes of footage was uncut and unnarrated. It was released Wednesday evening.