What Happened to the Titanic Submarine? For people who are afraid of being trapped, this could be a trigger. If you’ve been keeping up with the news about a group of five visitors who went to the bottom of the ocean, you’ll want to know what happened to the Titanic tourist submarine on Sunday, June 18, 2023, which led to an intense rescue mission.
The RMS Titanic, which ended up sinking, was the biggest passenger ship at the time. It could hold more than 2,400 passengers and more than 800 crew and staff. On April 15, 1912, while on its first trip from England to the United States, it hit an iceberg in the freezing North Atlantic Ocean. Most people died, including Captain Edward Smith, but 712 people are said to have made it.
The accident has been a source of mystery and intrigue for more than a hundred years. The wreckage itself, which was in two pieces, wasn’t found until 1985 in Canadian waters. It was covered with rust growths that looked like icicles and were called “rusticles.” The wreck of the Titanic is about 435 miles (700 km) south of St. John’s, Newfoundland, but the rescue mission is being run from Boston, Massachusetts.
What Happened to the Titanic Submarine?
Wednesday June 21, 2023
Rolling Stone said that a Canadian plane looking for the lost Titan submersible heard “banging sounds” every 30 minutes near where the ship is thought to have gone missing.
According to internal email updates sent by the Department of Homeland Security’s National Operations Center obtained by the magazine: “RCC Halifax launched a P8, Poseidon, which has underwater detection capabilities from the air,” the DHS e-mails read. “The P8 deployed sonobuoys, which reported contact in a position close to the distress position. The P8 heard banging sounds in the area every 30 minutes. Four hours later, additional sonar was deployed and banging was still heard.”
Tuesday June 20, 2023
The pilot and four other people on the Titan submersible have been proven to be who they say they are. Paul-Henri Nargeolet, a French marine expert who has done more than 35 dives to the Titanic wreck site, Hamish Harding, a British businessman and explorer, Shahzada Dawood and his 19-year-old son Suleman, also a British businessman, and Stockton Rush, the founder and CEO of OceanGate, are among those who have been to the wreck site.
During a news conference, officials from the US Coast Guard said that the five people inside Titan have about 40 hours left of air that they can breathe. Captain Jamie Frederick said that crews were “doing everything possible” as part of a “complex search effort.” But so far, he told the New York Times, these attempts “haven’t led to anything.”
Have Submersibles been Rescued Before?
There are pros and cons to deep sea saves. During World War I, the Royal Navy ship HMS K13 had 80 people on board and was training in Gareloch, Scotland. Vents in the engine were not properly closed, so water got into the submarine. The next day, a rescue effort was sent out, but only 48 of the crew members made it out alive.
In 1939, the USS Squalus was on another training mission with 56 Navy members and three civilians. When an air vent in the engine room broke, the room filled with water. The sub was under 240 feet of water, so 26 people died right away. The rest of the crew that made it to the surface was brought up in a new rescue room.
The BBC says that on August 29, 1973, the two-person crew of the commercial submarine Pisces III was working to lay transatlantic telephone lines. As they waited for the towline to be hooked so they could be pulled up and taken back to the mother ship, the boat fell more than 1,500 feet. After hitting the bottom, they were able to get in touch with the top, even though they only had 66 hours of emergency oxygen left.
After planning a rescue effort, Pisces III was finally lifted from the ocean floor on September 1, but it took almost 30 minutes to open the hatch. “We started the dive with 72 hours of life support, so we made it another 12.5 hours. When we looked in the cylinder, we saw that we had 12 minutes of air left,” pilot Roger Chapman told the BBC in August 2013.
Titan May be Bobbing Around on the Surface
This would be the “best-case scenario,” said Stefan B. Williams, a professor of marine robotics at the University of Sydney whose lab works with unmanned submersibles.
Williams said that it was possible that the Titan’s device for talking to its support ship, the Polar Prince, had failed in some way and that the Polar Prince had already come back to the surface and was waiting to be found.
“That’s possible, but I think the ship would have come up as planned at the end of the dive,” Williams said. “As time goes on, that seems less and less likely.”
Williams said that ships like the Titan are generally made so that if something goes wrong, they will either drop weights or blow up floaters to bring them back to the surface.
Rear Adm. Chris Parry, who used to be in the Navy and is now retired, told Sky News that if the ship had come to the surface, it “would have been found by now.”
OceanGate’s website says that the dive of the Titan submarine, which includes going down and coming back up, usually takes about eight hours. CNN said that the US Coast Guard has already looked in an area “about the size of Connecticut” without success.
It Has Suffered a ‘Catastrophic Implosion’
Williams said that if the submersible hasn’t come back to the top, there’s probably been a “catastrophic failure.”
That could be because of a leak or because the power went out. Williams said in a blog post about the submersible that there is also a chance that an electrical short circuit caused a small fire that damaged the vehicle’s computer systems. These systems are used to navigate and control the vessel.
Williams said that the worst thing that could happen is that the pressure hull was broken, which would lead to a “catastrophic implosion.”
“It would happen quickly, and there wouldn’t be much hope of staying alive,” he said.
The Titanic tourist submarine, which went down in the North Atlantic on June 18, 2023, has been the subject of an intense rescue mission. The ship, the largest passenger ship at the time, was hit by an iceberg in the freezing North Atlantic Ocean in 1912. The wreckage was found in 1985 in Canadian waters and was covered with rust growths called “rusticles.”
The five people inside the Titan submersible have about 40 hours left of air that they can breathe. The US Coast Guard has been conducting a complex search effort, but so far, no rescue efforts have led to anything. Previous rescue efforts have had mixed results, with the Royal Navy ship HMS K13 and the USS Squalus being examples.
The Titan may be bumbling around on the surface, with a “catastrophic failure” possible. The US Coast Guard has already looked in an area about the size of Connecticut without success.
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