First Pictures Released of RMS Titanic Wreckage

Air Date: 09/06/1985
Source:
NBC Nightly News
Creator:
Tom Brokaw/Fred Briggs
Air/Publish Date:
09/06/1985
Event Date:
04/15/1912
Resource Type:
News Report
Copyright:
NBCUniversal Media, LLC.
Copyright Date:
1985
Clip Length:
00:01:12

Nearly 75 years after its tragic sinking, the RMS Titanic has been discovered at the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean, at depths never before visited by humans. Unmanned submarine vessels from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution probe the wreckage and send back some of the first images and video of the Titanic's hull.

First Pictures Released of RMS Titanic Wreckage

TOM BROKAW, anchor:

New pictures were released today of the wreck of the Titanic. It sits as it has for 73 years now on the frigid sea bottom of the north Atlantic – miles below the surface. As Fred Briggs reports tonight, it is a place where no living person has ever gone.

FRED BRIGGS reporting:

The research vessel Knorr released new pictures of the Titanic’s wreckage today from the U.N. submarine Argo and ANGUS, a robot craft that’s been in use for several years.

This is the Argo’s videotape of the Titanic bow – murky in such depths, but a straight down look at the bow. The round objects appear more distinctive in a still picture – these are capstans on the forward deck.

This picture shows forward cranes on the deck of the ship - cranes that apparently collided when the Titanic went down, breaking the cranes in half. There is debris everywhere around the hull. A lone ladder can be seen here this again was from the bow area of the ship.

And this is the aft crane, the base of that crane not on the ship out on the bottom of the ocean more then 13,000 feet down.

The other pictures and there are 12,000 of them are still aboard the Knorr and won’t be seen until the boat returns to port at Woods Hole, Massachusetts Monday. Fred Briggs, NBC News New York.

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