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Deep Ocean Expeditions are organizing trips two and half miles below the surface of the North Atlantic to explore Titanic wreckage from a Russian Mir submersible.
Currently approximately eight individuals have signed up for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, each paying $60,000. Russian oceanographers will take the travelers two and a half miles below the surface of the North Atlantic in two Mir submersibles, which each have enough space for two tourists and a pilot.
The voyage has been organized to mark the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking on April 15, 1912, when 1500 of the 2200 people on board died. The extraordinary tour of the wreck site trip takes approximately two hours to get to the spot in the Atlantic where the wreckage remains, around 380 miles off of Newfoundland.
Deep Ocean Expeditions believes this may be the last time they are able to take tourists to the site because of fears that frequent tourist tours could damage the Titanic’s remains.
The Titanic struck an iceberg on her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York City. It was the largest passenger steamship in the world at the time and was owned by the White Star Line. The high casualty rate of the Titanic was due in part to the fact that the ship carried lifeboats for only 1,178 people (still in compliance with regulations at the time). Due to the “women and children first” protocol that was enforced by the ship’s crew, a disproportionate number of men died that morning.