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After Accident at the Titanic, Accusations Fly

A submersible hit the wreckage over the summer

(Newser) - The wreck of the Titanic rests untouched—mostly. It turns out a two-person submersible vehicle collided with the sunken ship months ago, and the US salvage company that has rights to the wreck is alleging the government stayed mum on it, per legal papers seen by the Telegraph . The hit... More »

Titanic Divers Now Must Go Through US and UK

Despite new treaty, Atlanta company wants to remove the ship's wireless transmitter

(Newser) - For the first time in the nearly 108 years the Titanic has sat at the bottom of the North Atlantic, an international agreement with broad protections will safeguard the steamship's remains. The US and UK will have to approve any expeditions to enter the Titanic or remove any artifacts,... More »

Dive Finds Titanic Pieces Are Now Gone

Victims of decay include the captain's bathtub

(Newser) - Parts of the Titanic that have remained intact for 100 years are decaying quickly, the latest dive has found. The starboard side of the officers' quarters is showing the most deterioration, the BBC reports. "The captain's bathtub is a favorite image among Titanic enthusiasts—and that's now... More »

Man Who Found the Titanic Now on Track of a New Mystery

Robert Ballard will search near Nikumaroro

(Newser) - One of the world's greatest undersea explorers is gearing up to tackle one of the world's most enduring mysteries. Robert Ballard, the University of Rhode Island professor of oceanography best known for finding the wreck of the Titanic in 1985, is planning to search for signs of Amelia... More »

This Light-Up Cane Saved Lives on the Titanic

Ella White's walking stick expected to fetch $500K at auction

(Newser) - An incredible artifact that helped guide 26 Titanic survivors to safety could be yours, if you have half a million dollars to burn. After injuring an ankle while boarding the ship, per OutSmart , first-class passenger Ella White acquired an impressive, modern cane with a bakelite head that—just 33 years... More »

Titanic II Will Sail Same Route as Original

Replica will make maiden voyage in 2022

(Newser) - The makers of the Titanic II aren't boasting about it being "unsinkable"—but they do promise it will have much better iceberg-detection technology than the original, along with plenty of lifeboats. Blue Star Line Cruises says the replica ship, which was delayed for years by a financial... More »

Titanic Was Discovered During a Top-Secret Mission

Navy commander Robert Ballard found the ship near two sunken subs

(Newser) - The story of how the Titanic was found is widely known, but some of the most interesting details are only now emerging, reports USA Today . A new exhibit at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, DC, reveals the once top-secret story. "The Navy is finally discussing it," Robert... More »

Behind Titanic Replica's Delay: Movie Didn't Say It Was So Big

NPR looks at the progress being made on full-scale replica in China

(Newser) - The Titanic will float again—it just won't sail anywhere. NPR checks in on the progress being made in China on a full-scale replica of the Titanic that's being built hundreds of miles from the ocean. An infomercial played at the site touts an Aug. 30, 2017, completion... More »

James Cameron: Jack 'Had to Die' in Titanic

Otherwise, the ending would have been 'meaningless,' he argues

(Newser) - As the New York Daily News notes, the show Mythbusters once devoted an episode to proving that both Jack and Rose could have survived on that floating door near the end of Titanic. So why did Leo DiCaprio's character have to die? "The answer is very simple because... More »

Letter Found on Titanic Victim's Body Sells for $166K

1st-class passenger wrote letter to mom the day before the ship sank

(Newser) - A letter written by one of the Titanic's passengers a day before the ship sank has sold for $166,000 at an auction in England, reports the AP . The handwritten note, on embossed Titanic stationery, was penned by first class passenger Alexander Oskar Holverson on April 13, 1912—the... More »

'Most Important Letter Written on Titanic' to Be Sold

It was recovered from a doomed passenger's body

(Newser) - Alexander Oskar Holverson penned a letter to his mother on Titanic stationery on April 13, 1912, apparently intending to mail it upon the doomed ship's arrival in New York. Instead, the saltwater-stained letter was found in a pocketbook when the first-class passenger's body was recovered from the Atlantic... More »

He Could've Escaped the Titanic. Instead He Died a Hero

Sante Righini gave up his seat in a lifeboat

(Newser) - Like 1,500 others, Sante Righini went down with the Titanic on April 15, 1912. But his was a heroic end, his sister explained at his funeral. The 28-year-old Italian-born man—who boarded the ship in France alongside the wealthy widow who employed him as a manservant in Manhattan—had... More »

Patrol Tasked With Saving Ships Issues Iceberg Warning

Some 450 icebergs were floating near the Grand Banks of Newfoundland

(Newser) - An unusually large swarm of icebergs has drifted into North Atlantic shipping lanes over the past week, forcing vessels to slow to a crawl or take massive detours. Experts tell the AP that unusually strong counter-clockwise winds are drawing the icebergs south, with the US Coast Guard's International Ice... More »

Trips to Titanic Begin in 2018

London company to begin upscale expeditions to the wreck off Canada

(Newser) - With large-scale commercial trips to the moon still a ways off, what's a well-heeled traveler seeking adventure to do? A London outfit is proposing the bottom of the sea. Blue Marble Private will begin expeditions to the resting place of the Titanic in May 2018. Groups of nine people... More »

Documentary Claims Fire Was Part of Titanic's Undoing

Senan Molony presents his theory

(Newser) - It's a tale of fire and ice, but this one involves the UK's Channel 4, not HBO. The documentary Titanic: The New Evidence aired Sunday, and it puts forth the theory that the ship was handicapped before it even encountered the iceberg that sent it to its doom.... More »

Kate Winslet: Yeah, Leo Could Have Fit on Titanic Board

Actress admits to Jimmy Kimmel that Rose could have saved Jack

(Newser) - Kate Winslet has finally addressed a concern some Titanic fans have probably had for years: Why did her character, Rose, let Leonardo DiCaprio's character, Jack, die when there was clearly a door floating in the ocean that was large enough for both of them to ride to rescue? "... More »

'Secret Fraternity' May Have Scuttled Titanic Inquiry

Freemasons played big role in investigation, says 'Telegraph'

(Newser) - Britain's official Titanic inquiry has already been called a "whitewash"—but was it a conspiracy of Freemasons? A recently revealed list of two million Freemasons shows that members of their fraternity played a big role in the controversial investigation, the Telegraph reports. On the list are John... More »

Someone Just Paid $23K for a Cracker

A 103-year-old biscuit survived the Titanic

(Newser) - A Greek investor is now the proud owner of "the [world's] most expensive biscuit" —a 103-year-old cracker that survived the sinking of the Titanic, Mashable reports. The Spillers and Bakers Pilot biscuit, which made its way into a survival kit on one of the lifeboats that April... More »

Photo, Note About Titanic Iceberg Emerge

They're both going up for auction

(Newser) - A photo of what could be history's deadliest iceberg is up for auction after spending nearly a century on a wall in the offices of the law firm that represented the Titanic's owners. There are other photos in existence of the iceberg believed to have sunk the huge... More »

Items Tied to Titanic's Millionaire's Lifeboat Are Sold

A last lunch menu fetched $88K at auction

(Newser) - The Titanic's last lunch menu, saved by a first-class passenger who climbed aboard a lifeboat whose crew was said to have been bribed to row away instead of rescue more people, sold at auction for $88,000 on Wednesday. New York's Lion Heart Autographs offered the menu and... More »

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