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Titanic is Dying But the Bow & Irish Memories Will Survive

23rd July 2021
Lahardane village memorial of local people going to board Titanic
Lahardane village memorial of local people going to board Titanic

Deep down, four miles beneath the surface of the North Atlantic, the wreck of Titanic is dying as Nature "takes it back to itself."

So says Irish diver Rory Golden who is taking part in the current expedition to the wreck site using the newest submersible in the world, Titan. But, he says, the part of the tragic liner most remembered by the public will survive – the bow.

Titan on the surface at the wreck siteSubmerisible Titan on the surface at the wreck site

That has evocative memories for me as I outline on this week's Podcast with Rory Golden.

The expedition has been eleven years in preparation by the privately-owned USA company, OceanGate, which was founded in 2009 with the aim of increasing access to the deep ocean. It required a lot of discussion with the Canadian authorities before the expedition was allowed proceed.

Seabed image from Titanic site  Photo: Rory GoldenSeabed image from Titanic site Photo: Rory Golden

Podcast here.

Tom MacSweeney

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Tom MacSweeney writes a weekly column for He presents the monthly programme Maritime Ireland on Podcast services and Irish radio stations.

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