Author: Mark Hopkins
As the Titanic fades off into the past, its light remains strong and steady. The great ship won’t let us forget who she was and why she existed. So many stories ring continuously through our minds… Molly Brown quips about going out and retrieving ice on the deck for her late-night drink as the iceberg passes by the first class bar.
Further advancements were set in place with regard to marine protocol after the tragedy. International Ice Patrols (ICPs) now constantly monitor the north Atlantic for icebergs. Of course, modern-day ship communications operate via computer systems, so reporting danger is quicker and much more efficient than at the time of the Titanic.
During the summer of 1985, a collaborative team headed by Dr. Robert Ballard of Woods Hole Institute in Massachusetts and Jean Louis Michel representing INFREMER (the institute of French underwater exploration in Paris) set out to find Titanic. Such a mission would indeed be an arduous one.
Whether rational or not, Titanic has attained legendary status and stands out from other ships and shipwrecks. The sole reason, if there is one, isn’t certain, but a continuously growing community of experts and enthusiasts holds Titanic in its collective heart and keeps her stories as fresh and alive as they were a century ago. What more can be said about the ship and those aboard?