The Titanic Wreckage at 100: Never-Before-Seen Photos

A team of scientists that took part in a 2010 expedition to its resting place revealed never-before-seen images of the Titanic in a Norfolk, Virginia, courtroom late last week. As part of a salvage case involving the wreck that is still heated more than 25 years after its discovery, the Norfolk judge had to don 3-D glasses to inspect the images, the highest-quality photographs ever captured of the ship. The images show Captain Smith's bathtub and other items from the 100-year-old cruise liner, one of the most stunning technological achievements of the early 20th century, and they're incredible.

Displayed below with some other photographs that capture the spirit of the RMS Titanic, the images shed new light -- literally and figuratively -- on the three-by-five-mile wreck site located more than two miles below the surface of the ocean. They were captured by a remote-controlled camera attached to a submersible vehicle.

"The new images will ultimately be assembled for public viewing, scientists said," according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "and to help oceanographers and archaeologists explain the ship's violent descent to the ocean bottom. It is also intended to provide answers on the state of the wreck, which scientists say is showing increasing signs of deterioration."

The submersibles captured every inch of what remains from the world's most famous shipwreck using the latest technologies. "Individual images are stitched together in a mosaic process to create large-scale, almost panoramic views of the wreck," the AJC explained.

Presented by

Nicholas Jackson is a former associate editor at The Atlantic.

The Blacksmith: A Short Film About Art Forged From Metal

"I'm exploiting the maximum of what you can ask a piece of metal to do."

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Riding Unicycles in a Cave

"If you fall down and break your leg, there's no way out."

Video

Carrot: A Pitch-Perfect Satire of Tech

"It's not just a vegetable. It's what a vegetable should be."

Video

An Ingenious 360-Degree Time-Lapse

Watch the world become a cartoonishly small playground

Video

The Benefits of Living Alone on a Mountain

"You really have to love solitary time by yourself."

Video

The Rise of the Cat Tattoo

How a Brooklyn tattoo artist popularized the "cattoo"

More in Technology

Just In