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15 of the best shipwreck dives

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RMS Titanic, North Atlantic Ocean

600km south-southeast of Newfoundland

Avid underwater explorers will be able to go on eight-day trips to the wreck of the RMS Titanic as of May 2018. Each trip will be open to just nine guests at a time and the group will fly by helicopter to the support yacht from St John's, Newfoundland.

After settling into the new environment and completing training sessions, groups of three will descend to the wreck in Cyclops 2. Made of titanium and filament-wound carbon fibre, it's the only manned submersible capable of reaching depths of up to 4,000 metres that is not owned by the government.

Cyclops 2 allows for 360 degree views of its surroundings with specialist lighting and cameras, meaning guests will be able to fully explore the wreck and the bizarre marine life that exists at these depths on each descent. They will spend approximately three hours exploring the wreck with a focus on the more intact bow section.

Each trip will be incredibly hands-on, as guests will help with dive preparations, review footage of the wreck, help to analyse data and take part in other mission specialist support roles.

OceanGate Expeditions has collaborated with Blue Marble Private to launch the Titanic Survey Expedition with an aim to eventually create a detailed 3D model of the wreck in addition to documenting her current condition and the surrounding ecosystem.

The RMS Titanic famously struck an iceberg and sank while en route to New York City from Southampton in April 1912. She now lies in two pieces with approximately 600 metres between them. The location of the wreck was not known until 1985, when a joint project led by Dr Robert Ballard of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Jean-Louis Michel of Ifremer (French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea) discovered what was left of the famous ship.

Pictures courtesy of Facebook.com & Instagram.com / OceanGate

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