Tourist Submarine Missing After Trying To See Titanic

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A tourist submarine that takes adventurers down to the wreckage of the HMS Titanic has gone missing in the North Atlantic, according to multiple reports. It is not clear how many people are on board the missing submersible.

The Boston Coast Guard has deployed to look for the missing ship. Lt. Jordan Hart of the U.S. Coast Guard told CBS News that personnel were “currently undergoing a search and rescue operation” after being questioned about the rescue efforts off the coast of Newfoundland.

BBC writes, “OceanGate Expeditions, a private company that organises deep sea expeditions, confirmed in a statement that it owned the missing submersible and people were on board.

‘We are exploring and mobilising all options to bring the crew back safely,” it said on Monday. “Our entire focus is on the crewmembers in the submersible and their families.’

‘We are working toward the safe return of the crewmembers,’ it added.

The company charges guests $250,000 (£195,270) for a place on its eight-day expedition to see the famous wreck.

It bills the trip on its carbon-fibre submersible as a “chance to step outside of everyday life and discover something truly extraordinary.’

According to OceanGate Expedition’s website, one trip is ongoing, and two more have are planned for next year.

A few weeks ago, OceanGate tweeted that it was using Elon Musk’s satellite company Starlink to help maintain communications with its expedition on the Titanic voyage.

“The Titanic has been a site for both tourist and scientific voyages over the years. For example, a company called OceanGate Expeditions has sent civilian teams to the Titanic in the last few years, touting Mission 3′ and ‘Mission 4’ teams on June 15. The Washington Examiner reached out to the company for comment.

Guests can pay $250,000 to take a submersible, called the “Titan,” to take them to the ocean floor where the Titanic resides for an eight-day exploration, according to a tourist brochure. To join the OceanGate Expeditions as a “mission specialist,” civilians must be at least 18 years old when the voyage starts and must have “basic strength,” be able to board small boats, and “be comfortable in dynamic environments where plans and timetables may change” per the application, according to The Washington Examiner.

The HMS Titanic was a legendary passenger liner that sank on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City on April 15, 1912. One of the largest and most luxurious ships of its time, with state-of-the-art amenities and accommodations for over 2,200 passengers and crew, many called the ship “unsinkable.” The ship sunk in the North Atlantic after striking an iceberg and sank in the middle of the killing 1,500 people. 

Many famous and powerful people were aboard the Titanic when it sank, including millionaire John Jacob Astor IV and his pregnant wife Madeleine, industrialist Benjamin Guggenheim, and Macy’s department store owner Isidor Straus and his wife Ida. Other notable passengers included journalist and novelist W.T. Stead and American silent film actress Dorothy Gibson. Despite their wealth and status, these individuals were not spared from the tragic fate that befell the Titanic and its passengers.

Jolt of Joyful recently revealed new images of the “unsinkable ship” that show it in ways that have never been seen before. Using remotely-controlled submersibles deployed by a team on board a boat near the the ship’s final resting place, a crew spent over 200 hours exploring the length and breadth of the world’s most famous shipwreck.

The researcher took over 700,000 images from every possible angle and spliced them together to create the most up-to-date, three-dimensional image that will take your breath away.

The new scans and images have sparked several conspiracy theories. Last week, The New York Times noted, “More than a century later, on TikTok, a far different version has been circulating. In a post that garnered more than 11 million views before it was removed earlier this year, one user wrote: “the titanic never sank!!!” 

On the short-form video app, long-established facts about the crash are being newly litigated as musty rumors merge with fresh misinformation and manipulated content — a demonstration of TikTok’s potent ability to seed historical revisionism about even the most deeply studied cases.

One 32-second post opens with a dramatic black-and-white drawing of the Titanic, its stern straining above waves studded with people, set to a spooky synthesizer tune. A man in a hoodie and a backward baseball cap, crudely green-screened into the frame, makes a familiar argument (accompanied by an emoji of a screaming face): “The Titanic NEVER actually sank.” Looking into the camera, he repeats the so-called and exhaustively disproved “swap” theory — that the ruins on the seabed belong to the Titanic’s older and decrepit sister ship, the Olympic, scuttled in an attempt at insurance fraud.

Another video presents a conspiracy theory that the wreck was a “hit job” ordered by the financier J.P. Morgan — whose real name was John Pierpont Sr. — to eliminate opponents of the Federal Reserve.”

Many experts and historians who study the wreck have debunked the claims, though one of the most foremost researchers on the topic did recently claim that he believes the iceberg did not hit the ship from the side, but rather the ship “ran aground” of one mostly submerged, tearing a whole in the bottom of the ship. 

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