Saving the Titanic
Effort to preserve the famed ship from salvaging
- Duration 5:19
- Date Apr 3, 2012
Effort to preserve the famed ship from salvaging
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They created a -- of treats its head to be the ultimate climax -- their last.
But for nine ship builders aboard the Titanic.
The -- -- nightmare.
And the nightmare became.
100 years later a global market.
All things Titanic.
-- the ship itself explodes.
Fascinating fascinating stuff the Titanic of course.
Captured the world's imagination as the largest ship ever built the largest manmade object ever built that could move at the time.
And to this day the wreckage of that doomed luxury liner on the ocean floor fascinates people all around the world.
So now as we mark 100 years since the sinking.
The man who discovered the wreckage more than two decades ago says parts of the Titanic already have disappeared and human activity is putting an important piece of our heritage at risk.
Doctor Bob Ballard and a team discovered the wreck back in 1985 he's the president of the institute for expiration.
And host -- in new National Geographic special save the Titanic.
And doctor guy so good to have you with us today it's my pleasure you know as we take a look to the next hundred years -- like you did -- take -- back in time to that moment.
Where you discovered the wreckage.
What was that like.
What you know there was really two people inside my body there was the professional.
Who is very excited honestly -- we have found it because we're running out of time and we're celebrating jumping up and down but then someone in our command center looked at the clock and said you know.
She sinks in twenty minutes and it was 2 in the morning and and that innocent thought really change the mood in we began to realize we shouldn't be dancing on the grave of someone.
And -- and it's never change we've always tell the Titanic with great respect and now we're trying to protect it from -- future -- -- future damage.
It is a ship that obviously famously sang -- so when you say it -- danger.
What do you mean.
Well in other constantly going down of the Titanic.
They're the submarines are landing -- in the crushing the deck.
You know it's really it's fine to visit there's no no problem visiting there's great there's exhibits all over the world -- We have a wonderful one of mystic aquarium National Geographic but you shouldn't be loving the ship to death.
And that's what's really happening.
And now that they're new advanced robotics systems.
Instead of just five submarines in the world that can reach Titanic there are hundreds and hundreds of vehicles that can reach the -- -- We just had up a shot of the crow's nest the crow's nest where the look out probably spotted the ice -- Just before the ship hit it you have a story about the crow's nest that illustrates your concern.
Well what we found it it was there it was still hanging on to that.
To the two masked the running lights were still there and then when we went back the crow's nest has gone.
The running lights is gone it was taken off the ship by the salvage years.
You know it's it's that's really inappropriate and and so we're trying.
To get congress and Senator Kerry from Massachusetts introduced a bill today.
In an attempt to further the protection of the Titanic and -- we hope our country was signed that bill and we hope that other nations will follow in suit.
Doctor about it when you see that -- down their submarines are down there.
Who exactly is in the submarines and what is is left on the ocean floor.
Well there actually send the selling tour -- Tourists are going down in this case in Russian submarines.
And I -- and I have no trouble with people visiting the Titanic.
You you can go to Gettysburg you can go to Pearl Harbor but you don't get -- get go to Gettysburg with a shovel.
And you don't take belt buckles up the Arizona and so if we can't respect the Titanic.
What can we respect in the ocean because the deep -- is the largest museum on earth.
But there's no guard on the door there's no lock on the door.
And but it is in international waters what kind of a treaty would you need to.
To prevent the kind of thing well -- international international trading the -- to get France Russia the United States and Japan to sign the treaty because they're the only nations that have submarines that can reach the Titanic.
If we can get those nations to sign the treaty.
-- to protect the Titanic the respect it then I think we have a chance.
Doctor about it we've all seen the movie Titanic I'm just assuming I'm making the assumption that we've -- seen it and there is that necklace that was in the movie.
And I'm curious if it is there's a jury down the ocean floor -- is they're still artifacts like that still -- on the floor of the ocean.
Absolutely and certainly inside the Titanic but.
I just don't believe you take jewels off an old lady's body myself.
Not good point.
Absolutely was that movie actor by the way it's coming out in -- I was curious in your expertise.
It was so I'm Jim did a great job is a good friend and it was an excellent movie and I'll be I'll be watching them.
I still -- -- -- -- -- know that there is there's some truth in fact and it is well it's nice no it's not a soft fiction it's an incredible.
Incredible story and we're gonna look forward to your special -- about -- thank you so much for joining us.
All right thank you and you can -- doctor Ballard's documentary say the Titanic this coming Sunday it's a special two hour premiere begins at 8 o'clock eastern time.
On the National Geographic channel.
Fascinating stuff and we'll be right back.