Normally we have this photographic series available on-line Thursday evening; however, this week we had a very interesting adventure. As you probably know, our corporation, Nautical Research Group is involved with underwater projects throughout the world. For the past two weeks, we were in Florida monitoring underwater sites looking for potential damage due to the fierce tropical storms that have battered the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico waters. Little did we know that a small tropical depression named Wilma would become a full-fledged hurricane and it was decided to stay in Florida during the time that Wilma reached the southwest shores of Florida. Although we were about 80 miles north of the hurricane strike, the winds and rains were very significant. Because of this devastation in southern Florida it took several days for us to get back to our New Jersey base. Therefore, as a way to make this up to you, I am including an extra high-quality digital photograph for your review.
These wonderful five photographs show the decay of the upper structures of Titanic's bow. The upper right picture shows Captain EJ Smith's quarters complete with his porcelain tub. The photograph in the upper right is taken from the starboard side officer's quarters and clearly visible is the electric winch for the lifeboats. The middle photograph is taken above the officer's quarters where the expansion joint is seen and the Marconi room is observed. Note the electrical wires from within this room. The lower left hand photograph shows the port side officer's quarters around the expansion joint that has widened to expose another porcelain tub. Our final photograph of Part Five is the port side first class promenade.
To access these new photographs, as well as other Titanic photographs, scientific research paper and accompanying PowerPoint presentation go to our corporate website at http://www.nauticalresearch.com and within the text of this home page select the link entitled Educational Services. This will bring you to our educational page where all this valuable information can be viewed and downloaded for personal use only. I will be placing new photographs from various sections of RMS Titanic every week so you might like to syndicate our site to be notified of the latest news. Next week, we will be publishing the latest photographs that show the starboard hull damage due to natural decay and a trip to the boiler room.