This is our series of supplemental logs that were taken from our scientific research expedition to RMS Titanic earlier last month. I hope that you enjoy!
Last night, we left the dive site of Titanic for our return to the port town of St. John's Newfoundland, Canada following the retrieval of the MIR submersibles. The weather is clear and the seas are calm and we are anticipating our arrival at the dock in St John's at noontime on Sunday, July 17th. Since there will be a short turnaround at St John's, with James Cameron and his crew boarding Keldysh for a return trip back to the Titanic site, the transponders were left on station. By now, everyone is ready to go home and return to dry land.
Since we have about a day and a half run time into shore, there are several activities planned throughout the day. As for me, I have the entire day free and I spent a majority of it down in the submersible lab where Kelvin Magee is preparing for James Cameron's arrival once we hit port. Kevin is in charge of the fiber-optic cabling for the live remote feed from the MIR down on Titanic for the Discovery Channel. Since Kelvin is a technical diver, we had a close kindred spirit as it relates to our underwater experiences. The tech diving community is very small and everyone knows everyone-and we had a good time chatting about some of our diving colleagues. In our world, it is amazing the things that you can do with duct tape and electrical ties! The amount and creativity of the technology used to report live from Titanic is staggering. Almost everything had to be created from scratch and it took quite a bit of innovation to make it all work together. I was truly impressed with James Cameron and his entire operation. This was an incredible achievement to accomplish and they should be congratulated!