The director of the film Titanic, James Cameron, He has claimed that the Titan submersible tragedy has disturbing parallels with the ocean liner disaster that occurred more than a century ago. Debris from the catastrophic implosion of the submersible, which killed all five on board, was discovered near the wreck.
In an interview with ABC, Cameron said: “I’ve been there many times… I know the crash site very well… I understand the engineering issues associated with building this type of vehicle and all the safety protocols… This is a mature art and many people in the community were concerned about the submarine. .. I am struck by the similarity to the Titanic disaster itself, where the captain was repeatedly warned on the ice ahead of his ship, and yet he sped into an ice field on a moonless night and many people died as a result.”
Cameron, who in 2012 became the first person to go down to the deepest point of the ocean, in a submarine designed by him, he stressed that the risk of pressure implosion was always “first and foremost” in the minds of engineers.
“It’s the nightmare we’ve all lived with” in this field of exploration, he said, noting industry security brands over the past few decades. But “a lot of people in the community were very concerned about this submersible,” he added.
“Several important figures in the deep-dive engineering community even wrote letters to the company saying that they were being too experimental when loading passengers, and that they needed to be certified”.
On board the submersible were British millionaire Hamish Harding, Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood, and their son Suleman -both also British nationals-, the expert French diver Paul-Henri Nargeolet, and Stockton Rush, CEO of OceanGate Expeditions, which charged $250,000 per tourist.
cameron mentioned his 25-year friendship with Nargeolet. “That he tragically died in this way is almost impossible for me to process.”
“I know the wreck very well. In fact, according to my calculations, he spent more time on the ship than its captain at the time,” he said.
The enduring charm of the Titanic
Since it sank on its maiden voyage over a century ago, The Titanic and its history have generated great fascination.
At the time, the ship was a monument to technological advances and arrogance of the human being who believed they had built a ship that was impossible to sink.
In the decades that followed, her shipwreck, one of the worst maritime accidents in history, inspired books, movies and seduced countless adventurers eager to see what happened when the luxurious ship hit an iceberg.
Among them, the wealthy passengers and the crew of the submersible that disappeared in the North Atlantic on Sunday while on its way to visit the remains of the mythical ship, at a cost of $250,000 each passenger.
The RMS Titanic carried more than 2,000 passengers and their crew when he left the English city of Southampton for New York in April 1912.
At the time, it was the largest ship in the world, a floating luxury palace, where first-class passengers had at their disposal a gym, squash court, a swimming pool and several restaurants. They could also rest in their sumptuous rooms with hundreds of people available to attend to their every whim. Meanwhile, below decks, hundreds of poor immigrants were crammed into austere cabins, desperate for the promise of the New World.
But on April 14 the Titanic I hit an iceberg which dented and bent the hull, and allowed the ingress of water. As the compartments flooded, the 269-meter-long ship began to sink. There were not enough life preservers for the number of passengers, and the crew did not know how to use them. For the most part, women and children filled the lifeboats, under instructions that the men should wait. Some left at half capacity.
Hours after beginning to list as the bow sank, the massive ship broke in two and plunged into the depths. People who did not manage to get into the few lifeboats died within minutes in the icy sea. Some 1,500 people died in the tragedy. Barely 700 were rescued by the RMS Carpathia, a steam liner that responded to emergency calls from the Titanic.
The exact location of the wreck was a mystery for 70 years, until a French-American expedition discovered it at a depth of 3,700 meters. Images of the seabed show the two halves of the ship surrounded by debris: furniture, shoes, dishes and other objects that fell from the ship as it sank.
Since it was discovered in 1985the wreck has been visited by researchers, explorers, tourists and filmmakers. One of its most famous visitors was the director James Cameron, by the box office hit “Titanic”, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, who played two passengers from different social classes who live an intense love story on board.
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