What sank the Titanic?
What went wrong on that fateful night in April 1912?
Science has surrounded the tragedy of the RMS Titanic from its early construction to its recent rediscovery. As the largest passenger steamship of its day, the Titanic was an engineering feat that used cutting edge technology and expertise. Its design even included special features to prevent it from sinking. So what happened?
To find out the truth, scientists and engineers have revisited the Titanic at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. What is it like to visit the wreck under 4km of sea water? We found out first-hand from Emily Jateff, a Titanic diver, and caught a glimpse into this underwater world. Ian MacLeod discussed why the liner broke apart so catastrophically and told us what is being done to conserve this piece of history.
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View a video about two remarkable Australians. Evelyn Marsden is a South Australian who survived the sinking of the Titanic. Emily Jateff, Curator of the SA Maritime Museum and their latest exhibition ‘Titanic: Voyage of the Century’, has visited the ship’s watery grave.
Presented in association with the South Australian Maritime Museum
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