Let’s make one thing clear from the beginning, shall we? The RMS Titanic, which hit an iceberg at 11:40 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, 1912, and sank two hours and 40 minutes later with 1,316 passengers and 885 crew members on board, will most likely never be raised.

The wreck of this famously illstarred ship that sank on its maiden voyage now lies about 1,550 km. northeast of New York and about 730 km. southeast of the Newfoundland coastline, more than 4 km. beneath the ocean surface, where the pressure is 6,000 pounds per square inch. Even if the technology existed to raise it from the seabed, the wreck – which relentlessly continues to collapse, compact and decay – is far too fragile to withstand the trauma of the lifting and transportation.

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