My 2006 presentation/lecture series on Shipwrecks starts out with a bang on Saturday, January 28th at Rutgers University. The topic for the presentation is a virtual dive to the wreck site of RMS Titanic. This presentation will be provided as part of Rutgers University's Geology Open-House that is FREE to the public.
This presentation will have the latest video of Nautical Research Group's special diving expedition to the shipwreck of the famed ocean liner RMS Titanic. Recently Nautical Research Group has placed a 10-part photographic series on the the current condition of RMS Titanic on their corporate website that has received rave reviews. Here is a quick synopsis of the presentation:
Using the latest in digital videography, complete with edited, raw video footage and instructional voice-overs, David Bright will give you the virtual experience of participating and diving with a scientific research expedition to the RMS Titanic. Leaving port from the Canadian shores of Newfoundland, we will depart on the Russian oceanographic research vessel Akademik Keldysh, the most advanced deep-diving support vessel in the world. Using the sophisticated submersible Mir I and captained by the famous ocean scientist and explorer Anatoly Sagalevitch, we will descend to the bottom of the Atlantic, where we will explore the wreck site of the Titanic. Once on the ship, we will explore the intact bow section of the ship and observe many features of the ship that played roles during the collision and sinking. Particular observation will be given to the microbial decay that has produced rusticles all along the ship. Moving back toward the debris field, we will see many of the passengers' personal effects, as well as other distinctive articles from the ship. As we conclude our visit to the wreck site, we will see the Titanic's huge engines and the mangled stern section of the ship. This presentation combines the exuberant feeling of observing a historic shipwreck and the reverent feeling of visiting the final resting place of more than 1,500 people.
Attached is a flyer (click to enlarge) for this presentation that will be given at Rutgers University in Scott Hall - Room 123 at 11:00 AM. Many shipwreck discoveries have been made by geologists that are mapping the ocean floor and one of Rutger's geology professor-emeritus named Dr. Robert Sheridan was one of the discoverers of the famed Civil War ironclad USS Monitor back in the 1970's. The co-discoverer of Titanic was also a geologist by the name of Dr. Robert Ballard.