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Travel to Titanic wreck, 4,000 metres under the sea

PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 8:53 pm
by Andrew Clarkson
About now, we all start thinking about the warm pleasures of summer vacation, when a modern-thinking person is now supposed to forgo the contentment of just sitting on a beach in favour of something more fulfilling, called “experiential travel.”

With that in mind, a news story the other day caught my eye: The first manned survey of the RMS Titanic in 13 years, to take place this summer off the coast of Newfoundland, is scheduled to depart in June and there are still three spots available on submarines making the dive, 4,000 metres down to the ocean floor.

The price tag is $130,000, but, hey, a person can collect a lot of bottles in six months.

So, my immediate question was, is glimpsing a 106-year-old wreck worth it?

“It depends upon your expectations,” Steve Blasco told me last week inside the cafeteria at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography. “If people have any preconceived expectations they should just get rid of them and they will be fine.”

Blasco is one of a handful of people in the world who can speak with authority on this subject.

When he went down to the wreck in 1991, the technology was undeveloped enough that each dive probably cost a hell of a lot more.

Read more; http://thechronicleherald.ca/opinion/15 ... er-the-sea