As we finish up our diving expedition to the Empress of Ireland, I thought that it would be appropriate to visit the storage area for all the ship's beverages that include mineral water, beer, fine wine and champagne. This area has many intact pristine bottles of your favorite bubbly drink that is forever preserved in a heavy coat of mud. It is nearly impossible to get the bottles out of this mud intact, as the suction of the mud on the bottle would surely break it. Underneath this mud is cases and cases of fine wine that still has its straw packing in place.
I have had much fun diving the Empress of Ireland over the many years. Although it has changed quite significantly over the years (as have I-unfortunately), she is a beautiful ship and a throwback to the age of early transatlantic crossings and immigration to the New World. I hope that you enjoyed our dives to the Empress of Ireland. Our goal for the expedition was to capture as much digital video of the ship as possible and compare it to the photos and videos that we collected in the 1980's. It is through this comparative photometric analysis that we can observe the decay and deterioration of the Empress and preserve it for many generations.
Time to pack up the car, drive 15 hours back to New Jersey, in time to drop off my gear, board a plane to St. John's, Newfoundland to board the Russian research vessel Akademik Keldysh and the wrecksite of RMS Titanic.