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A Brief Introduction

Until its April 14, 1912 sinking, RMS Titanic was the biggest and most luxurious of the Olympic-class ocean liners built during the prosperous Edwardian era around the turn of the 20th century. The sinking claimed over 1500 lives and occurred following an 11:40pm collision with an iceberg. The wreckage of the RMS Titanic split into its bow and stern portions during the sinking, which today lie on the ocean floor over 1900 feet (600 meters) from each other 12,467 feet (3800 meters) from the surface. The remains of the ship were lost until explorer Robert Ballard rediscovered them in 1985. This rediscovery began a renewed wave of public interest in the Titanic and its stories. Director James Cameron (Titanic, 1997. Avatar, 2010) had loved the tragic story of the RMS Titanic since his childhood. Soon after the rediscovery of the wreckage, Cameron gathered a crew of experts to help him document the remains of the ship. In August 1995, Cameron and his crew journeyed to the North Atlantic to document the wreckage of the RMS Titanic in preparation for his film Titanic. This underwater footage was used to haunting effect in the feature film, but more importantly, it served to stoke Cameron's interest in the ship's wreckage, its deteriorating condition, and the mysteries it still held. Two more major documentary efforts by Cameron were conducted in 2001 and 2005. Learning of CyArk and its mission to digitally preserve world heritage, Cameron selected CyArk to serve as the archive for his 2001 and 2005 dive footage. This donated footage, along with other donated media, was further developed with several hundred volunteer hours to create the Titanic Database project. CyArk is proud to host the Titanic Database Project and share with the public this rare and educational footage of the infamous ship's final remains.

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