For over a century the tragic fate of the Titanic has been part of sea-faring folklore, stirring emotions and many inspiring books and films, including 1n 1997 one of the most successful in Hollywood history.
From next year people will be able to visit the infamous shipwreck in a series of deep sea dives organised by a US-based company.
OceanGate Expeditions says it has the only privately-owned staffed research submarine in the world capable of diving to the Titanic’s depth.
More than 50 passengers – dubbed “mission specialists” – are due to take turns in the submarine to get a close-up.
Among them are Renata Rojas, a New York banker and diving enthusiast who is forking out more than $105,000 (nearly 100,000 euros) for the privilege.
“Is there any price for a dream? I’ve made a lot of sacrifices over time. I’ve saved a lot of money over time. I don’t own an apartment. I don’t own a car. I haven’t gone to Everest yet. All my savings have been going toward my dream, which is going to Titanic,” she said.
‘All of my savings have been going towards my dream, which is going to the Titanic” https://t.co/QaEKpbO8aK— New York Post (@nypost) April 14, 2017
The Titanic sank exactly 105 years ago on April 15, 1912 after ramming an iceberg on its maiden voyage from England to New York. More than 1,500 people were killed.
The wreckage was located in 1985 on the floor of the North Atlantic.
In 2018, OceanGate Expeditions will conduct the first manned submersible dives to Titanic since 2005. 🔗https://t.co/7Ur5YrVrux cc:
OceanGate</a> <a href="https://t.co/iyGOT6vaES">pic.twitter.com/iyGOT6vaES</a></p>— OceanGateExpeditions (OceanGateExped) March 14, 2017