Ghostly new images of Titanic never seen before released
Published 01/07/2011 | 10:47
Haunting new images of the Titanic have been released including pictures of the cranes used to hoist up the ship’s wooden lifeboats as it sank.
They also show the ship’s rusting hulk on the sea floor since it crashed into an iceberg nearly a century ago.
The ship, which was built in Belfast, sank during its maiden voyage on April 12, 1912 about 645 kilometres off Newfoundland, Canada .
And more than 1,500 of its 2,228 passengers died as the liner plunged into the sea.
The images were taken from a remote-controlled camera used in a Virginia courtroom earlier this week as part of an ongoing salvage claim involving the world's most famous shipwreck.
Scientists said the images are the most extensive and highest quality ever taken of the Titanic.
The expedition also mapped the three-by-five-mile wreck site, which is located two and a half miles below the ocean's surface.
The new images will eventually be released to the public.